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issue no. 57
James Bull | Josh Campton | Chris Dyke | Jianna Georgiou
Rachel High | Debut 5 | Objeckt by ADT


from the artistic director
I am really excited by our next major project: Debut 5: the dancers direct. It will be the first performance in the new Restless Studio at 195 Gilles Street in Adelaide. October 20 – 29. For full details (and how to book – which is essential, please click here).
Debut 5: the dancers direct is a brilliant opportunity for the five of our senior dancers that you can see here: James Bull, Josh Campton, Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou and Rachel High. They are each working with an experienced professional mentor to choreograph their own short work of dance theatre. Performance is the beating heart of what we do at Restless and we produce work of the highest quality. The Directors are realising this high water mark with their creative visions. The resulting performances stunningly illustrate how brave and capable they are in rising to the creative challenges inherent in Debut.
I am so proud that Restless is able to present these startlingly original short works in our own venue. The Restless Studio is a great facility for us to be able to showcase this work and we are grateful to Arts South Australia and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for their support in providing the venue. Debut will be the first public season in the Studio.
I would also like to thank the professional mentors who have supported the five Directors in realising their pieces: Nadia Cusimano, Gina Rings, Larissa McGowan, Peter Sheedy and Lisa Heaven. At Restless we always strive to create great art and having the input of professional dance artists of this calibre provides the Directors with the quality of support that they deserve.
This edition of the newsletter introduces the five Directors of Debut

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

James Bull. Photography: Shane Reid
James Bull

James Bull joined Restless Dance Theatre in 1999 and has performed in 13 major productions with the company. This is James’ second choreographed work as part of the Debut series of projects. In 2008 James created the work: the first thing that touched you as part of the first Debut.
James has also worked as a workshop tutor with the company on projects including Growth Spurt and Restless Central and was on the Restless Board of Management from 2000-2009.
James joined the Senior Ensemble in 2013 and performed in What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing In a Place Like This? in 2015 as part of the double bill Naturally.
James exists purely in the present, due to a lack of short–term memory, making him an extraordinary performer.

James’ mentor for Debut 5 is Nadia Cusimano: Independent Maker, Performer and Dramaturge who works in Australia and Europe.

Josh Campton. Photography: Shane Reid
Josh Campton

Josh Campton is an actor/dancer. He is a Larrakia, Wadaman and Karajarri man from the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He also has Koorie heritage from Victoria.
Josh has been involved in the arts for many years and performed in several Darwin Festival productions. In 2012 Josh was awarded a Jump Mentorship through the Australia Council for the Arts, created a short film Our Space my Place which was screened at Darwin Festival and Beijing and worked with Back to Back Theatre on The Democratic Set in the Northern Territory.
Josh joined the Restless Youth Ensemble in 2013 and has performed in three major productions. He also performed in Jianna Georgiou’s Spirited Garden in Debut 4.
Josh is being mentored by Janice Florence through the 2016 Catalyst Program and mentored by leading Aboriginal dancers/choreographers through the Restless Dance Theatre Aboriginal Masterclass Series.

Josh’s mentor for Debut 5 is Gina Rings: Director, Choreographer and Teacher

Chris Dyke. Photography: Shane Reid
Chris Dyke

Chris is passionately dedicated to creative expression in dance, film and art.
Chris was a founding member of the First Flight Crew in Sydney before moving to Adelaide. In 2013 Chris joined Restless Dance Theatre’s Youth Ensemble and has performed Touched and most recently In the Balance for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Chris has also performed in the Debut season of The Elements and Australian Dance Theatre’s Rough Draft season of Wild Clown Circus by Lorcan Hopper.
His film credits include Sophie Hyde’s To Look Away, Matt Vesley’s My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling, Meryl Tankard’s Michelle’s Story, Bus Stop Films’ The Interviewer and music videos for The Audreys and Sisters of Invention.
Chris was appointed the Dancenorth Disability Ambassador in 2015 and continues to be mentored by Kyle Page, Artistic Director at Dancenorth, Townsville QLD. They will collaboratively create a solo work for Chris to premiere in 2017/2018.
He was also mentored by Michelle Ryan for the 2016 Catalyst Program.
This is Chris’ first short work as part of a Debut project.

Chris’ mentor for Debut 5 is Larissa McGowan: Director, choreographer and Dancer

Jianna Georgiou. Photography: Shane Reid
Jianna Georgiou

Jianna has had the privilege to work with some amazing dancers, teachers, directors and choreographers including: Lisa Heaven & Peter Sheedy (Adelaide College of the Arts); Philip Channells, Lee-Anne Litton, Elizabeth Ryan and Gavin Webber (Dance Integrated Australia); Dan Daw & Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (Murmuration Dance Theatre); Alison Currie, Daniel Koerner, Katrina Lazaroff, Steve Mayhew, Michelle Ryan, Kate Sulan, Rob Tannion, Ingrid Voorendt, Kat Worth & Dean Walsh (Restless Dance Theatre) and Paige Gordon (Tracksuit).
For Dance Integrated Australia Jianna has worked on projects at the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bundanon Trust (NSW) Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts (QLD), King St. Arts Centre (WA).
Jianna is a recipient of the Creative Young Stars Program (Creative Australia), JUMP National Mentoring Program and the Creative Pathways Development Grant (Australia Council for the Arts).
Through Restless Dance Theatre Jianna has performed in many works with the Youth Ensemble, directed her own choreography for the debut program, performed in several professional works including Beauty and Salt. Her recent choreography, Spirited Gardens was presented at the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival in Renmark, SA.

Jianna’s mentor for Debut 5 is Peter Sheedy: Senior Lecturer in Dance & Resident Choreographer: SA Adelaide College of the Arts

Rachel High. Photography: Shane Reid
Rachel High

Rachel is a long standing member of Restless Dance Theatre having performed in 13 major productions with the Youth Ensemble between 1995 and 2003. This is her first choreographed work as part of the debut projects.
In 2003 she performed with AMICI Theatre/Dance Company, London in Time Step. In 2007 together with Netta Yaschin she developed and performed a cabaret piece Turkish Delight. In 2008 she worked with U.K. artist Julie McNamara, together creating and performing Steak & Chelsea at Feast 2008 and in London in 2009. In 2010 she was a support actor with Back to Back Theatre in Food Court in the Adelaide Festival. In 2009 she played the role of Kylie in the short film Work Ready, for which she was nominated for Best Performance in the South Australian Screen Awards. In 2007 she wrote and directed the short film Brown the Dirt.
 Since 2003 she has worked as a dance/drama tutor with Restless Dance Theatre; St Patricks Special School; No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and Hills Community Options Program.
In 2013 Rachel joined the Restless Senior Ensemble and in 2015 performed in the premiere of What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing In a Place Like This? as part of the double bill Naturally.

Rachel’s mentor for Debut 5 is Lisa Heaven: Lecturer in Contemporary Dance, SA Adelaide College of the Arts

Jianna Georgiou. Photography by Shane Reid

Debut 5 – the dancers direct
Designed by Ailsa Paterson
Lighting Design by Geoff Cobham
AV by Chris Petridis

Restless Dance Theatre presents debut 5- the dancers direct, a season of five stunning and diverse short works of dance theatre directed by dancers from the Restless Youth and Senior Ensembles.

20 – 29 Oct 2016
Restless Studio
195 Gilles St
Integrating dancers with and without disability, debut 5- the dancers direct showcases the new wave of “makers” within the current Youth and Senior Ensembles. Working under the guidance of professional mentors, the emerging directors unleash their individual choreographic voices.
Director James Bull – Mentor Nadia Cusimano
Director Josh Campton – Mentor Gina Rings
Director Chris Dyke – Mentor Larissa McGowan
Director Jianna Georgiou – Mentor Peter Sheedy
Director Rachel High – Mentor Lisa Heaven
Performance Dates/Times
Thurs 20th – Sat 22nd Oct 7pm
Wed 26th & Thurs 27th Oct 12.30pm Matinee
Thurs 27th – Sat 29th Oct 7pm
[Thursday matinee 27 is Audio Described] & [Thursday eve 27 is Auslan interpreted]

Limited Capacity, Bookings essential
Ticket Prices
$25 Full
$20 groups (6 or more)
$20 Concession


Photography by Andreas Etter


Direct from its world premiere in Germany, Australian Dance Theatre presents Objekt, an exhilarating new work created in collaboration with German dance company, tanzmainz.

Exploring the objectification of humans, Objekt depicts that through viewing someone else as ‘the other’, we cease to recognise their humanity.

Featuring the uniquely physical dancers of Australian Dance Theatre, Objekt is a visually arresting work that blurs the borders between visual arts and dance, charged with an urgency that’s riveting to watch.
5 – 8 October – 39 Light Square, Adelaide

Don’t miss out! Ticket prices from $29.


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