Counterpoise dance video is an international collaboration with Korean and Australian artists.

Counterpoise traverses’ continents to bring together an exciting creative team. Restless Dance Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, 29Dong Dance Theater’s, Artistic Director Sunyoung Lee and the Korean Music Project’s Composer and Producer Sngkn Kim, and 8 dancers with and without disability to create a distinct dance theatre work. With so many opportunities for connection and exposure to different cultures, our separate identities have started to blur at the boundaries. The ease in which we can communicate, has helped to highlight our similarities and our differences. Counterpoise asks the question, what is our universal culture? Are we heading to a tipping point of a vastly similar human experience, irrespective of the lines that divide us?


Counterpoise | Creative Development

The Counterpoise Project is a testament to the unifying power of art, technology and human persistence. Amidst the global challenges presented by the pandemic, this project connected four eminent international entities: Restless Dance Theatre, the University of South Australia’s Connect2Abilities project, 29Dong Dance Theatre, and the Korean Music Project (KMP). This collaborative force was further enriched by the cinematic expertise of Australian film director Matthew Byrne and the Korean documentary company, The Third Person Point.

Counterpoise | Showing

Counterpoise highlights the noise of life outside, and the quiet place within. It is a raw and compassionate moment in time, showcasing how we balance the forces of quiet loneliness and the human frenzy that press on us daily. Counterpoise asks the question, what is our universal culture? Are we heading to a tipping point of a vastly similar human experience, irrespective of the lines that divide us?

Dancing Against the Odds | Documentary

Alongside the dance theatre work, the team have created a documentary film Dancing Against the Odds and Counterpoise a dance video both of which are eagerly anticipated to grace global film festivals. This cross-continental endeavour not only showcases the resilience of the creative spirit but also heralds a new era of international artistic synergy.

2020: Online: Creative Development

2021: Artists Talk: Online & in person at Bob Hawke Centre

2021: Digital Presentation: OzAsia Festival

2022: Online: August, Creative Development

2022: Adelaide: December, Creative Development (First time the teams met in person!)

2023: Seoul:  Presentation, Artists Talk & Workshop

2024: Nominated Asia Pacific Arts Awards

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. Robert Alan (American writer, artist and social activist; 1922-1978)


Artistic Team

Director – Larissa McGowan

Creative Concept – Michelle Ryan

Artistic Director – Sunyoung Lee

Assistant Instructor– Youngchan Kim


Restless Dance Theatre Dancers

Darcy Carpenter

Jianna Georgiou

Michael Hodyl

Alexis Luke

Madalene Macera

29dong Dance Theatre Dancers

Minsoo Kim

Sangseo Park

Myeongji Lee

Yeonhee Cho

Korean Music Project

Executive Producer – Prof. Sngkn Kim Daegeum & Music Director – Hyejeong Im Geomungo – Sunhwa Lee
Percussion – Hannah Kim

Cello – Clara Gillam Grant

Assistant – Hajin Kim

Lighting Designer

Matthew Adey

Costume Designer

Insook Choi

Production Manager

Katya Shevtsov

Restless Staff

Chief Executive Officer – Julie Moralee

Artistic Director – Michelle Ryan

Creative Producer – Roz Hervey

Finance Manager – Theresa Williams

Marketing Manager – Radhé Osborn

Public Classes Executive – Lina Limosani

Public Programs & Administration Coordinator – Deli Cooper

University of South Australia


Producer  – Dr Boram Lee

Producer – Prof. Ruth Rentschler

Film Makers

Film Director/Editor – Matt Byrne

Film Maker – Inkyung Baik (Seoul National University)


Jiwon Kim

Support Worker

Dianne Moralee

Special thanks to

Bo-Young Lim (Australian Embassy Seoul)

Restless Dance Theatre is an Australian dance theatre company working with 7 dancers with and without disability led by Artistic Director, Michelle Ryan, artist with disability.  Their artistic voice is loud, strong and original. Restless invigorates, influences and diversifies dance by creating innovative and highly distinctive works of dance theatre. Restless is a place where diversity is celebrated, and all artists thrive creatively.

29Dong Dance Theatre, based in Seoul, is a contemporary dance theatre company led by choreographer Sunyoung Lee. 29Dong, strives to fulfill the motto “contain the times with an awakening consciousness,” and prioritizes those living contemporaneously. The company promotes artistic value and makes work that share lives while breathing art. 29Dong works with dancers with and without disability.

Korean Music Project is a project-based music company. They are pioneers, creating a new genre of music by embedding digital technology into their music practice. The company aims to share their musical expertise to further social innovation and to become ambassadors for Korean culture worldwide.

Duration: 60 mins
Age Suitability: All ages
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