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issue no. 58
Intimate Space | Debut 5

from the artistic director
The really great news is that Restless has a new production called: Intimate Space which is part of next year’s Adelaide Festival.
We are very excited to be included in the festival. It is wonderful to have this recognition of the high quality and the originality of the work of the company.
Intimate Space is a promenade performance in and throughout many of the spaces found within the Hilton Adelaide hotel in Victoria Square in the heart of the city. Audience numbers are strictly limited to 10 per performance so you will need to get in early and book if you are going to see this unique and ingenious new work.
Debut was an outstanding success! Thank you to all the dancers, the directors and the mentors for all their hard work, creativity and laughter. The program was really impressive and a joy to watch. It was wonderful to see the dedication and the integrity that all the dancers brought to their work. What an extraordinary and expressive series of short works were created by our directors: Jianna Georgiou, James Bull, Rachel High, Josh Campton and Chris Dyke. Many thanks to the mentors who supported the directors: Peter Sheedy, Nadia Cusimano, Lisa Heaven, Gina Rings and Larissa McGowan who all gave such valuable and self effacing encouragement.
Thanks as well to all the donors who helped to make Debut a reality through their generous donations to our Give Me Five campaign – and to Creative Partnerships Australia for matching all those donations through their Plus1 program.
And I’d like to say a special thank you to the team of creative artists whose work so supported the pieces: Geoff Cobham – Lighting design, Ailsa Paterson – Costume design and Chris Petridis – Audio Visual design. The Studio was transformed and looked fantastic as an intimate theatre space.

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

Kathryn Evans and Chris Dyke. Photography: Shane Reid
Intimate Space

Adelaide Festival Show

Intimate Space is an experiential work of dance theatre set in the Hilton Adelaide hotel in Victoria Square. You can check in with your fellow guests and be immersed into a poignant and at times hilarious imaginative environment.
On this travelling adventure, the Hilton’s sophisticated bar and luxe rooms with views are contrasted by the stark undertones of the nooks and crannies of its back-of-house operations. Guided by an evocative soundscape by Jason Sweeney, the physical conversation takes a similarly diverse journey. Witness a tender and cheeky duet in a private room, then an urgent physical explosion in the loading dock. All looks neat and tidy but what is going on behind the scenes of these emotional dance vignettes?

Challenging themes of visibility, authority, self-worth and relationships, the dancers will ask you to uncover meaning in the delicately crafted movement. Intimate Space is both elegant and humorous, be surprised and enchanted by this exquisite performance experience.

Audience numbers are strictly limited for Intimate Space with each performance limited to 10 people. So book early to avoid missing out!

Director Michelle Ryan
Assistant to the Director Josephine Were
Composer Jason Sweeney
Lighting Design Geoff Cobham
Costume Design Meg Wilson
Performers Restless Dance Theatre dancers and associate artists

Intimate Space is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body, the South Australian Government through Carclew and Arts South Australia and Hilton Adelaide

Presented by Restless Dance Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival

Fri 3 Mar–Sun 5 Mar, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm
Tue 7 Mar–Wed 8 Mar, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm
Wed 15 Mar–Fri 17 Mar, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm
Sat 18 Mar–Sun 19 Mar, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm

ad_p  Audio description: Sat 18 Mar, 2pm
sign_p   Auslan: Sat 18 Mar, 5pm

whlchr_p-no-lines    Wheelchair accessible

Adult $39
Friends $33
Concession $30
Under 30 $25
Under 18 $22
Family (2+2 or 1+3) $99
Groups (6+) $35 each

Limited capacity – 10 audience members per performance

book now

Jianna Georgiou. Photography: Shane Reid
Debut 5: the dancers direct

A resounding success

Audiences have been enthusiastically praising the dancers, the directors and their mentors after seeing the five stunning short works of dance theatre that were performed in the Restless Studio for Debut 5. “Inspiring”, “amazing” and “brilliant” were the words most commonly used with this comment from ADT being representative of many:
 “Incredible athleticism, strong narratives and beautifully emotive – such a wonderful journey through your works tonight Jiana, James, Rachel, Josh and Chris. Congratulations!”

Chris Dyke and Jianna Georgiou in Jianna Georgiou’s  A Mysterious Lake.  Photography: Shane Reid
InDaily review of Debut

Review starts here:

Debut 5: The Dancers Direct is an exciting presentation of five new dances choreographed by members of the Restless Dance Theatre who have been mentored by prominent South Australian dancers.
Artistic director Michelle Ryan was, understandably, beaming with pride after the first night’s performance of Debut 5: The Dancers Direct at the delightful new studio in Gilles street.
Jianna Giorgiou choreographed and danced in A Mysterious Lake, a beautiful, classical dance, a tale of romance, evil-doers, heroism and a mysterious spirit in white, presented elegantly and regally by Gemma Trueman…  

Lorcan Hopper, Stuart Scott, Josh Campton, Kiara Chester and Michael Noble in James Bull’s  SwellPhotography: Shane Reid

In Daily review continues…

The beach is a sanctuary for James Bull and in Swell he presents a colourful, comical glimpse of men at the beach but he also reveals his flair for the dramatic when a storm hits…

Natalie Binks Williams, Amelia Walmsley, Jenna Hann, Kathryn Evans, Dimitrios Vuthoylkas and Kym McKenzie in Rachel High’s First Dates Photography: Shane Reid

InDaily review continues…

Rachel High takes us back to the ’50s with First Dates with the men in hats and braces and the women in tartan skirts. The dancers’ comedic skills shine in this piece and the tender tentativeness of a first dance or first kiss is sensitively performed...

Dana Nance in Josh Campton’s What Bird Is That?  Photography: Shane Reid

InDaily review continues…

Josh Campton’s What Bird is That? is a joy from concept to climax. Mentor, Gina Rings’ influence is evident and the bird movements against stunning images were breathtakingly beautiful: frolicking in a creek bed, flight against the moon, trapped in fire and drinking at a waterhole are all images that will remain ...

Michael Noble, Zara Richards, Chris Dyke, Ebony Sultan and Andrew Pandos in Chris Dyke’s Free and Fearless. Photography: Shane Reid

InDaily review concludes…

Chris Dyke’s love of “fast cars, fashion and clubbing” was evident in Free and Fearless, a pacy, dynamic dance that captured life in the fast lane with a superb simulation of an actual race.

Ailsa Paterson’s design, Geoff Cobham’s lighting and Chris Petridis’ audio visual effects, created a wonderful variety of states and atmospheres, showing the flexibility of the Studio and making Debut 5 a very professional experience. The blend of Restless and ACArts dancers worked superbly; their skills complemented each other and they were all enjoying the performance.
There is something very special about a Restless Dance Company performance and the dancers’ unique abilities; their concentration, focus and total immersion of themselves in the dance is a gift that will touch any audience member. They love performing and any lover of dance and humanity will not want to miss this season.

(End of review)

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