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issue no. 53
Give Me Five | Studio Launch |  Thanks  |  | Frantic Assembly | Aboriginal Masterclasses | New Patron | Cabaret Festival | FABSA Thanks | CBS Thanks


from the artistic director
Thank you so much to everyone who made our launch of the brand new Studio such a success! We have a great deal to celebrate at the moment besides the new Studio: our 25th year, a new website, the fabulous upcoming Aboriginal Masterclasses, a residency at Restless by the stunning English company Frantic Assembly, and performing as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June. And last but by no means least, we celebrate our new Patron: Robyn Archer.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

watch the cool video!

Photography: Shane Reid
Give Me Five

Support Us

Until 9th May 2016, Restless has an incredible opportunity to raise funds for an exciting project as we step into our 25th Anniversary year. The company was successful in attracting dollar for dollar matched funding through the Plus1 program of Creative Partnerships Australia for debut – the dancers direct in October this year. What this means is, if we raise our target of $35,000 by 9th May 2016, the Government will match every single dollar. A rare and brilliant opportunity!


Photography: Teaghan Jade
Studio Launch

On Friday 1st April

Thanks so much to Karl Winda Telfer for conducting a celebration of the spirit of place to begin our launch. Karl conducted a cleansing ceremony for the building a few days prior to the launch and he is going to be working with Restless as Cultural Advisor for our upcoming series of Aboriginal Masterclasses. He demonstrated his own generous and thoughtful spirit by including the Restless dancers into the traditional aboriginal dances in the Studio space.

Michelle Ryan was the fabulous MC for the evening and she led off by introducing Frances Bedford MP who did the official opening representing the Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling. The ribbon was cut on their behalf by Restless Links participant Issy Drummond. Then Peter Louca, Executive Director of Arts South Australia spoke about the value of disability arts to South Australia and the leading role that the state has played in the development of this work in Australia.

And then the announcements and performance! Robyn Archer as the new Restless Patron; Restless in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival; the Restless 25th birthday; the unveiling of the new website; the playing of the super cool Give Me Five video – and the transformation of the studio into performance space and a short performance by the Youth Ensemble.

What an action packed night! The nibbles were wonderful (thank you Dean Lennerth of Plates N Platters) as were the drinks (thanks to Bent Creek Vineyards and to Booze Brothers).

And we auctioned off the naming rights for our new mirror ball which fetched a whopping $1,050. It is named after:

  • Sophia Anderson
  • Isadora Drummond Sweeney
  • Grace Hoffensetz
  • Bella Kobayashi
  • Imogen O’Dea

who are all Links workshop participants.

We raised a further $3,000 on the night selling cupcakes and in general donations. Thank you all for your generous support.

The Mirror Ball

To all those who helped to make the Launch a success

There are many people to thank:

  • Arts South Australia for the lovely new Studio
  • Plates N Platters for the catering – Dean Lennerth’s nibbles were to die for
  • Alexa van Paridon for the Give Me Five Cupcakes
  • Bent Creek Vineyards for their gorgeous wines
  • Booze Brothers for supplying the beer
  • Gerry Shearim – who volunterred as our Auslan Interpreter
  • Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer and all the performers
  • Restless performers – Michael and Felicity
  • Bryan Mason and all at Closer Productions for the brilliant work on the Give Me Five video
  • Katrina Allen and Trudi Griffiths for the great new website
  • BSS Light Audio Visual for the discount on the mirrorball
  • Nick Linke, Chair of Restless for auctioning the naming rights to the mirror ball and to the Links parents for their winning bid of $1,050!
  • Restless Board, staff, tutors and dancers
  • Restless Donors and Donor Circle Members
  • Restless Funders – Arts South Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Carclew and Disability SA. Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Community Bridging Services for their generous sponsorships over the years
  • Nathan D’Agostino for his technical support

Frantic Assembly. Ignition 2014  Photography: Manuel Harlan
Frantic Assembly

Frantic Assembly is a company based in London that creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly’s unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Their work and their approach has a lot in common with Restless.

Frantic Assembly will be visiting Australia to work with SA State Theatre. We are very excited that while they are here they will be conducting a creative residency with Restless: 25th to 27th May.

The residency is a professional development for members of the Youth Ensemble and it is also open to other interested artists at a cost $165 for the three days. Please contact Roz Hervey if you are interested.

Restless recently established a Donor Circle – an exclusive group of people who are keen to support the work of the company. The members of the Donor Circle are supporting the Frantic Assembly residency. We extend to them our grateful thanks. If you would like to know more about the Donor Circle please contact Belinda Hellyer.

Frances Rings. Photography: Tiffany Parker
Aboriginal Masterclasses

In 2016, Restless Dance Theatre will create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) young people with disability to participate in the company’s programs via its ATSI masterclass series, the first ATSI program of its kind for the company. Restless will create a platform whereby ATSI young people may be introduced to the company and, in the long term, become participants in the Youth Ensemble and/or other Restless programs. This feeds into the company’s greater commitment to integration and inclusiveness.

There will be four weekend Aboriginal Masterclasses this year conducted by leading Aboriginal dance artists:

  • June 4th and 5th – Frances Rings
  • July 23rd and 24th  – Gina Rings
  • September 3rd and 4th – Deon Hastie
  • September 24th and 25th – Gail Mabo

Restless is working with Karl Winda Telfer, Senior Custodian, as Kaurna Cultural advisor and liaising with the First Peoples Disability Network for this project. If you or someone you know would like some more information please contact Roz Hervey or ring Restless on 8212 8495.

These Masterclasses have been supported by Arts South Australia through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Assistance grant.

Robyn Archer
New Patron

Robyn Archer has understood and celebrated the work of Restless for a long time:

“Restless Dance is one of a handful of Australian companies which defy pigeon-holing. The work they do with performers of differing physical and intellectual abilities is useful and heart-warming : but the point is that the work itself is exceptionally beautiful and highly skilled, often funny, and always moving.”
Robyn Archer

We are delighted that she has agreed to be Patron of Restless Dance Theatre.

Felicity Doolette and Michael Hodyl in In The Balance. Photography: Shane Reid
Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Restless has a show in this years Adelaide Cabaret Festival! We will be performing In The Balance with local hit band The Audreys playing live.

With flirting, quarrelling and a little love, what a swell party this is.    The Australian

Explore the intricacies of how people behave and interact at a party. Be intrigued as the Restless dancers flirt, fight and entice each other. The party progresses from alluring and delicate to challenging and confronting. By the end of the evening everyone hits the dance floor with a no fear attitude. Join the fun!

As the Festival program says:
You’re invited to party with local hit youth dance company Restless Dance Theatre accompanied by musical darlings The Audreys.

Two shows only:

  • Wednesday 22 June 7pm
  • Thursday 23 June 6:30pm

On the stage of the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre. Book now to avoid missing out!


We would like to say thank you to the Friends of the Australian Ballet SA (FABSA) for the wonderful support that have recently given to Restless. FABSA held their AGM at Restless recently and used the occasion to fund raise for the company. Whilst the primary role of FABSA is to support visits to SA by the Australian Ballet, the organisation also supports dance more generally in this state. We thank them for their generosity and openness.

CBS Sponsorship
We would also like to sincerely thank Community Bridging Services for their very generous support over the last few years. CBS is a Not-for-Profit organisation with the goal of helping people with disability achieve success by working with them to plan their futures, achieve their personal goals and improve their quality of life. Freddie Brincat OAM, the Executive Director of CBS is an ex Chair of Restless and has been an unstinting supporter of the company for decades.
The support from CBS has assisted Restless to widen and deepen its program to a new level of maturity. We are very grateful for this support

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