Photo by Shane Reid

Photo by Shane Reid

Photo by Shane Reid

Intimate Space

Innovative, potent, bold and beautiful, Intimate Space is an extraordinary and highly entertaining experience.”– Limelight Magazine, ★★★★★

“Brilliant theatrical ideas don’t always translate into successful 
performance. Intimate Space does.”– The Australian

“By turns tender and provocative, Intimate Space invites us to contemplate questions of public and private activity in a work that is insightful, touching and compelling.”– Arts Hub

“Each vignette is a moving experience, some poignant, some comical but with a deeper meaning underneath…a remarkable work.”– Broadway Now

“Intimate Space is exquisite, daring, compelling, profound, thrilling, funny, cheeky and sweet.”– The Advertiser

2017 Ruby Award Winner – Arts Innovation and Enterprise

2017 Adelaide Critics Circle Award Winner – Group Award (Professional Theatre)

2017 & 2018 Helpmann Award Nomination – Best Dance Production

2016 Ruby Award Nomination – Best New Work

Intimate Space is a series of experiential site-specific solo and duet works of dance theatre presented within a hotel.

On this travelling adventure, a Hotels sophisticated bar and lush rooms with views are contrasted by the stark undertones of the nooks and crannies of its back-of-house operations. Guided by an evocative soundscape, the physical conversation takes a similarly diverse journey. Guests will witness a tender and cheeky duet in a private room then an urgent physical explosion in the laundry. All looks neat and tidy but what is going on behind the scenes of these emotional dance vignettes?

Presented in a transient place unsuspecting guests unknowingly form the backdrop to the performance by going about their everyday business in the hotel space.

Challenging themes of visibility, authority, self-worth and relationships, the dancers ask you to uncover meaning in the delicately crafted movement. Both elegant and humorous, be surprised and enchanted by this exquisite performance experience.

The Restless dancers are charming, engaging and unique. The individuality of the artists is a major strength of the company. They may not fit the stereotypical dancer image but it is in their difference that you see their beauty and creativity. Audience members will be surprised, perplexed and enchanted by the exquisite performance experience.

From Michelle Ryan – Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre:

Hotel spaces have always intrigued me; rich with private stories and intimate exchanges but existing within the public realm. I have frequently been touched by the tenderness and surprised by the intensity of people’s connections that I have seen while sitting in the hotel bar or lobby next to my home.

I see people watching these private moments too, bringing their own stories to each situation they witness. Sometimes seeing themselves in what they see. So, I’m a voyeur. I can’t help but look at people and I’m aware that people look at me too – because I’m different to them. Perhaps they are trying to find a way to see themselves in something or someone unfamiliar to them?

The show is an invitation: to look… or look away?

Michelle Ryan
Assistant Director
Josephine Were
Music Soundscape
Jason Sweeney
Lighting Design
Geoff Cobham
Meg Wilson
Creative Producer
Roz Hervey


There are 3 models for touring this work:

  1. To tour the full cast of Restless dancers plus one FOH Host
  2. To tour a cast of ½ Restless dancers plus one FOH Host and ½ local dancers
  3. A residency model whereby Michelle and the Production teamwork with a fully local cast for 3 weeks to develop a unique version of the show.

*Please note the show may change slightly depending on each hotel layout.

For more information about the show please contact:
Roz Hervey
Creative Producer, Restless Dance Theatre
0402 227 920
+61 8 82128495

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