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issue no. 55
In The Balance  | Frantic Assembly | Aboriginal Masterclasses | Growth Spurt | ADT’s Ignition

from the artistic director
The Australia Council has recently announced the Four Year funding results. Our thoughts are with all our colleagues and their brilliant companies who have been denied support despite the excellent standard of their work.

Restless was fortunately, one of the successful companies and we will receive $300,000 per year for 2017 – 2020. This is a great result for the company in a very competitive environment. However, our delight is tempered by the terrible outcomes for so many other companies. These are dark times indeed for the arts in Australia.

Our Give Me Five campaign has just wrapped up. Thank you to everyone who donated to Give Me Five  and who helped us to reach our target of $35,000. In fact, people were so generous that we exceeded the target and raised over $38,000! The money will now be matched and we will receive $35,000 from Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 Fund. So we will move closer to being able to proceed with the project: Debut – the dancers direct later this year.

Restless was also successful in an application to the Catalyst program of the Ministry for the Arts in Canberra. We received $13,000 to fund a Creative Development for the Youth Ensemble to work with Caroline Bowditch. Caroline is a brilliant maker of dance theatre who works in Australia and Scotland. The development is for a work called Elegance (working title) which will be performed in 2018.

And don’t forget, our major production for 2016 is In The Balance with The Audreys singing live, presented as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on June 22 and 23.

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

WATCH THE VIDEO of Felecity Doolette and Michael Hodyl in In The Balance

In The Balance

Performances: 22nd and 23rd June

Restless is performing in this years Adelaide Cabaret Festival. We are presenting In The Balance with 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. Tickets are selling fast. Book now to avoid missing out!


Frantic Assembly. No Way Back 2015  Photography: Manuel Harlan
Frantic Assembly

Residency About To Start
London based Frantic Assembly are visiting Adelaide to work with State Theatre of SA on the production Things I Know To Be True. 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 other interested artists. The residency is now fully booked.

Gina Rings. Photography: Ernie Dingo
Aboriginal Masterclasses

The first of the Restless Dance Theatre Aboriginal Masterclasses is also about to start.
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 Dance Theatre’s Senior Ensemble member, Josh Campton, will be mentored through the program.

Restless is working with Karl Winda Telfer as Cultural Advisor for this project. If you or someone you know would like some more information please contact Roz Hervey or ring Restless on 8212 8495. The Masterclasses are free for any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 15 – 26, with or without disability.

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

Isi Drummond Sweeney (2005). Photography: Chris Herzfeld
Growth Spurt

Movement and Music for the Very Young

During Term 3 Restless will be presenting another series of the hugely popular Growth Spurt. There will be eight movement and music sessions for children with disability or developmental delay aged 3-5 years.

The sessions involve creating movement in a safe and fun environment to live music where the participants’ ideas become dance.

Growth Spurt can be included in your NDIS plan. If you think your child would like this please do get in touch. Or if you know of someone else who you think would be interested, please do pass this information on.

Eight week course
Friday mornings.  9:30am – 11:30am  August 5 – September 23

The Restless Studio, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide (parking at rear)

$22 (inc GST) per session
OR $42.78 if through NDIS (ITEM NO. 23 016)

Further info and bookings
Roz Hervey 08 8212 8495

ADT’s Ignition

Return of the Ignition Program

The Restless Dance Theatre program: Debut – the dancers direct was originally modeled on ADT’s Ignition. After a 5-year hiatus Australian Dance Theatre is pleased to present the return of Ignition. An exciting showcase of short, sharp dance works created by aspiring South Australian choreographers and performed by the dancers of ADT, Ignition gives audiences the chance to see the evolution of future choreographic talents.

The program includes works by current ADT dancers, Thomas Fonua and Matte Roffe, two Adelaide-based independent choreographers; Erin Fowler and Katrina Lazaroff, as well as a 30-minute commissioned work by former ADT dancer and independent choreographer, Lina Limosani. Lina is developing the next stage of her short work One’s Wicked Ways.

Join ADT in celebrating the next generation of Australian choreographers, performed by dancers from one of the country’s most iconic dance companies.

 Saturday 9th July – Saturday 16th July

Adelaide College of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Tickets are on sale now! Click the link for tickets:


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