Touched was developed by the dancers of the Youth Ensemble working with Artistic Director Michelle Ryan. Touched was presented in November 2015 at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood as part of a double bill called Naturally.
At times we referenced friendships, sibling relationships and romantic encounters as well as the darker side of confusion and loneliness. The overriding response was always to support each other, in whatever way possible. It is an amazing quality to have from the entire ensemble. Restless has always had a fascination with what it means to be human and how as individuals we interact with each other. Touch is sensed all over your body but what are the emotions you feel in your heart when you are truly touched? The work delves into a delicious array of sensations and emotions, the loneliness of rejection and the anticipation of a delicate caress. It is sometimes humorous, at times confusing, but always honest.
Direction Michelle Ryan
Set + Costume Design Ailsa Paterson
Lighting Design Chris Petridis
Music Liz Martin
Restless director Michelle Ryan’s Touched is a very good piece, with demanding and effective movement that wouldn’t be out of place in any contemporary ensemble, including some impressive solo and duet work. The entire piece is coherently linked with an outstanding score from Sydney composer Llz Martin. Bravo. Peter Burdon – The Advertiser 16th November 2015
Photo by Andy Rasheed
L to R: Chris Dyke, Josh Campton & Darcy Carpenter