Adelaide Festival 2024

Private View



4 Rooms, 4 Diverse Experiences

Most people are sexual beings, with sexual thoughts, attitudes, feelings, desires, and romantic fantasies. Having a physical or intellectual disability doesn’t change your sexuality and your desire to express it. Yet, the subject of people with intellectual disability having romantic dreams and sexual desires is still taboo.

Private View invites audiences to become voyeurs; to observe people in their domestic spaces and discover their romantic dreams and hidden desires.

Haunting melodies from Carla Lippis are deeply intertwined within the work and serve as the heartbeat of each scene, underscoring the dancers’ stories and intensifying their emotional resonance.

Private View breaks down societal myths and misinformation and sets the viewer on a path to twist their preconceived attitudes around sexuality and disability. The production is an intimate exploration of unspoken stories and secret longing from Australia’s leading creator of dance theatre by dancers with and without disability.

Director Michelle Ryan
Dramaturg & Concept Roz Hervey

Assistant Director Daisy Brown 
Singer Carla Lippis
Music & Lyrics Geoffrey Crowther & Carla Lippis
Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Lighting Designer Matthew Adey 
Designer Renate Henschke
Assistant Designer Oliver Lacoon Williamson
Assistant Costume Designer Ziva von der Borch
Technical Sound Designer Sascha Budimski
Cinematographer Matt Byrne
Rehearsal Director Sarah-Jayne Howard
Intimacy Coach Eliza Lovell

Adelaide Festival 2024 Cast & Crew

Dancers Charlie Wilkins, Darcy Carpenter, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Hodyl, Madalene Macera + Bonnie Williams & Rowan Rossi (guest artist)

Production Manager/Stage Manager Katya Shevstov
Technical Design & Management Lachlan Turner
ASM and Production Assistant Axel Andrews
Operator Technician Reece Vidler
Lightning Programmer Luke Pilla

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Accessible Seating

Wheelchair Accessible

Auslan Interpreted Event
Sat 21 Sep, 7:30pm – AUSLAN Interpreted, Audio Described Showing

“Private View is a captivating consideration of love and the power of desire in the 21st century. It is a mature and elevated production from Restless Dance Theatre, a gem in local Adelaide artistic endeavours. If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore the works of this company, do so. You won’t be disappointed.” – Hi Fi Way

“The performance and dance are cleverly choreographed and performed with such realness and conviction that you forget this is a performance. It feels more like a real peek into parts of someone’s life. The movement is emotive, strong, and captivating. While Private View may be a peek into lust, discovery, pain, and playfulness, the expression does not hold back and provides a real and vulnerable portrayal of the human experience”. – Eventalaide

“At one hour, the performance is short and many of the themes sweet. But the show’s impact on the audience will be lengthy and more complex, as it confidently, subtly dissolves unnecessary barriers to universal understanding.” – InReview

“This show is delightful, touching, and expertly put together, and is a testament to the insight and skill of all involved in Restless Dance Theatre.” – Australian Stage

“Her previous shows with this extraordinary company have left me in fits of laughter, pools of tears, reeling with sensory overload, and a general feeling of bewildered delight, but I still was not prepared for the courageous and intimate performance that I was about to be allowed to bear witness to.”
Broadway World

Duration: 55 minutes
Age Suitability: 15+
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Information for Presenters

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Alter State I Arts Centre Melbourne. Private View is supported by the Restless Donor Circle.

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