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issue no. 56
debut 5  | In The Balance | Perpetual  | Aboriginal Masterclasses | Growth Spurt | SCOSA | Bequests

from the artistic director
What a brilliant season we had for In The Balance! It was thrilling to see the dancers on the Playhouse stage as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. And thank you so much to The Audreys for their musical excellence and their open hearted collaboration.

We have started rehearsals for debut 5: the dancers direct. This is such a great opportunity for five of the senior dancers to direct their own short dance work and to work with a leading dance professional as a mentor. I expect the pieces will reach the usual standard of humour and originality. Everyone at Restless is keen to see debut 5: the dancers direct as it will be the first production to be presented in the new Restless Studio. Book early – seats are limited.

Our other Term 3 activities are many and varied, apart from the ongoing workshops we have Growth Spurt, SCOSA and two more Aboriginal Masterclasses.

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

Jianna Georgiou    Photo by Shane Reid

debut 5: the dancers direct

Performances: 20 – 29 October

The next production from Restless is: debut 5: the dancers direct. This will feature five stunning and diverse short works of dance theatre directed by members of the Restless Senior and Youth Ensembles.  debut 5: the dancers direct will be presented in our brand new Studio at 195 Gilles Street in the city in October. debut 5: the dancers direct is supported by the money raised through our Give Me Five 25th Anniversary Campaign earlier this year so it is great to see this special project coming to fruition.
The dance theatre works will be quirky and hugely entertaining. Don’t miss this opportunity to see highly original and humorous works straight out of left field.
The 5 in the title reflects not only the number of works but it is also the fifth time that Restless has offered this great opportunity to direct to the dancers. This time the potential choreographers were asked to submit ideas in any format, be it written, video, photos or talking. This application procedure is to assist the applicants to improve their application writing/development skills.
The five directors have now started to work under the guidance of experienced professional mentors to develop their individual choreographic voices:

  • James Bull will be mentored by Nadia Cusimano
  • Josh Campton will be mentored by Gina Rings
  • Chris Dyke will be mentored by Larissa McGowan
  • Jianna Georgiou will be mentored by Peter Sheedy
  • Rachel High will be mentored by Lisa Heaven

The casts of the 5 works feature the members of the Restless Ensembles as well as students from the dance course at the Adelaide College for the Arts.
debut 5: the dancers direct will be the first Restless production to be shown at our new home in Gilles Street. If you want to see this work you will need to book early as there are only a few seats for each performance.
Where: Restless Dance Theatre Studio, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide
When: 20-29 October 2016
Evenings: 7.00pm  20-22 + 27-29 October 2016
[Thursday eve 27 is Auslan interpreted]
Matinees: 12.30pm  26 + 27 October 2016
[Thursday matinee 27 is Audio Described]
Limited capacity, Bookings essential
tickets $25 / $20 CONC / $20 groups (6 OR MORE)
book online
or phone 08 8212 8495

debut 5: the dancers direct is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Plus1 Program and by Arts South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Art and Disability Program.


Chris Dyke and Caitie Moloney in In The Balance Photography: Shane Reid
In The Balance a great success!

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Show

The presentation of In The Balance on the Dunstan Playhouse stage as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival was an outstanding success. This teaming up with local band The Audreys playing live was described as: “A triumph!” The Audreys brought not only their fabulous music but a readiness to join in as part of the action. It was a delight to see Taasha Coates singing with the dancers. And to see all the band members as part of the dance at various times.
The reviews were fulsome in their praise:
The many dances, ranging from exuberant free-for-alls, some with a sting in the tail, to tender and at times almost unbearably beautiful duets and solos, attain a special intensity and immediacy with a band on stage. Peter Burdon  – The Advertiser
It was a heart-warming and entertaining evening, lots of energy and sass, with a powerful finish. I loved the show, and it left me wanting to put more dance in my life!  Karen Bailey – The Clothesline

Links workshop participants. Photography: Emma Stokes
Support for workshops

We are delighted to have been successful in an application to the Perpetual 2016 IMPACT Philanthropy Program to support four core, ongoing workshop programs: the Youth Ensemble, the Senior Ensemble, Central and Links. We were given $45,500 for the 2016/17 financial year. This is quite a coup for Restless as this funding is extremely competitive. The total is made up of donations from a number of entities that Perpetual manage:
Cook Est AH                                                       
Cecil & Nita Quail Charitable Trust                     
Malcolm Trevor Kitching Charitable Trust            
Mary Isobel Field Smith Trust                           

Gina Rings Masterclass. Photography: Michelle Ryan
Aboriginal Masterclasses

Gina Rings Masterclass

Restless has now run two of the four Aboriginal Masterclasses that will be held in 2016. These are two day Masterclasses over a weekend led by leading Aboriginal choreographers. Fran Rings kicked off the series in June and Gina Rings held a successful masterclass on 23 – 24 July. The Masterclasses are free and open to people with and without disability. Karl Telfer brought the Yellaka dancers along and with Youth Ensemble members and other guests there were 21 people involved.
The next Aboriginal Masterclass will be led by Kurruru Artistic Director Deon Hastie and will be on 3 – 4 September and the final masterclass for the year on 24 – 25 September will be led by Gail Mabo who is based in Townsville and is the daughter of Eddie Mabo.
Restless will continue with the Aboriginal Masterclass program next year and the company is working with Karl Winda Telfer as cultural advisor.

Further info and bookings
Roz Hervey 08 8212 8495

Isi Drummond Sweeney (2005). Photography: Chris Herzfeld

Growth Spurt

3-5 year olds

Growth Spurt is the company’s music and movement program for 3-5 year olds with disability. Participants attend with a parent/carer for a couple of hours of games, songs and music on a Friday morning over eight weeks.
The Workshop Leader for Growth Spurt is Cinzia Schincariol. Cinzia is a qualified Dance Therapist and highly experienced dance teacher who has worked on a number of Restless projects. One of the highlights of Growth Spurt is that it features live music and Hilary Kleinig (cellist with the acclaimed Zephyr Quartet) joins the team as musician. Andrew Pandos completes the team as Workshop Tutor with disability. Andrew has worked in this capacity on many Restless programs. Restless has a policy of always having at least one member with disability in every tutor team.
This will be the 15th Growth Spurt since the program was first developed in 2005 (Some previous participants are now in the Links workshop on Saturdays for 8-13 year olds). In recent years the costs of presenting Growth Spurt have been met by the funding Restless receives from Disability SA. This funding will cease with the full rollout of the NDIS in 2017. Restless is looking to seek new funding to keep the program going.

Michael Noble. Photography: Michelle Ryan



The same NDIS funding story applies to the workshops the company is currently doing with participants from Spastic Centres of SA (SCOSA). This is the sixth series of SCOSA workshops. They are a weekly highlight for the participants who come to the Restless Studio with some support workers from three different SCOSA hubs around Adelaide.
The Workshop Leader for SCOSA is Jo Naumann Curren and the Workshop Senior Tutor is Bonnie Williams. Both of them are very skilled and have lots of experience on previous Restless programs. The final member of the team is Michael Noble who is a relatively new member of the Youth Ensemble and this is his first time in the role of Workshop Tutor. We know that Michael and the rest of the team will have a great time on the program.

CBS Sposorship

We are delighted that Community Bridging Services has renewed its sponsorship of Restless for another year. Restless and CBS share an approach that encourages people with disability to take control of their own lives; that listens to and respects their aspirations; that facilitates their growth.

Dana Nance. Photography: Shane Reid

Rest with Restlesss –
Bequest Program

Have you considered including a bequest to Restless in your will?

We offer life-changing opportunities for young people through exposure to high quality arts experiences and significant professional development opportunities. Our hope is to continue to transform lives, touch audiences, inspire greatness and help to shift perceptions about disability well into the future.
Making a bequest in your will is a thoughtful way to ensure that the vital work of Restless Dance Theatre continues for a long time to come. We invite you to consider nominating Restless Dance Theatre in your estate planning. Your gift, large or small, will help us to secure a bright future.
If you would like more information about making a bequest please contact: Belinda Hellyer or phone 08 8212 8495

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