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issue no. 59
Intimate Space | Zizanie | Debut 5 | Wine Offer | Bequests | ADTs Rough Draft


from the artistic director
These are exciting times for Restless! Rehearsals are underway for next year’s main production, Intimate Space which is part of the fantastic Adelaide Festival. We are thrilled to be presenting Intimate Space in a transient place, the Hilton Adelaide, where the audience is led on a promenade performance which moves from the glamorous foyer and bar areas to the nooks and crannies of back of house. It will be a very different experience for audiences as they are given an invitation to look or look away.  The 2017 Adelaide Festival is set to showcase the epic and the intimate and we are hoping to bring a little bit of both!
Over the last two weeks we have been delighted to welcome Meryl Tankard and Regis Lansac to the company. They bring a wealth of knowledge and creativity as they explore new material for an upcoming work, Zizanie . It has been a height of activity in the studio for six of our dancers. It is a long term project which we look forward to sharing with you all.

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

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

Adelaide Festival Show

We are excited that Restless is premiering Intimate Space as part of Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield ‘s fabulous Adelaide Festival program for 2017.
Hotels are intriguing spaces where private stories and intimate exchanges occur all within the public realm. Michelle has frequently been touched by the tenderness and surprised by the intensity of people’s connections while sitting in the hotel bar or lobby next to her home:

”I see other people watching these private moments too, bringing their own stories to each situation they witness. Sometimes seeing themselves in what they see. So, I’m a voyeur. I can’t help but look at people and I’m aware that people look at me too – because I’m different to them. Perhaps they are trying to find a way to see themselves in something or someone unfamiliar to them?
It is fabulous to have such a wonderful partnership with the Hilton Adelaide and we send a huge thank you to their staff and management.
Direction by Michelle Ryan and assisted by Josephine Were, Production Management and Lighting Design by Geoff Cobham, Costumes by Meg Wilson and Music Composed  by Jason Sweeney.
Tickets to Intimate Space would make a fantastic Christmas present! 
But you’d better be quick – there are only 10 tickets available for each performance and some performances are already sold out!

Season Dates and times:
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 17Mar, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm
Sat 18 Mar-Sun 19 Mar, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm

Adults $39, Friends $33, Conc $30, Under30 $25, Under18 $22
Family (2+2 or 1+3) $99, Groups (6+) $35 each
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Michael Hodyl, Regis Lansac, Kathryn Evans, Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou, Jo Nauman Curren, Dana Nance, Michael Noble and Meryl Tankard.  Photography: Michelle Ryan


Meryl Tankard Creative Development

For the past two weeks Meryl Tankard  and Regis Lansac have been working in the Restless Studio with six dancers on the first Creative Development of a brand new work called Zizanie. The opportunity to work with a choreographer of Meryl Tankard’s ability and experience is a rare and valuable professional development for all the dancers. Meryl is challenging and extending the dancers and they are rising to the challenges. This new work will have a second Creative Development in 2017 and will premiere in 2019.

 (ZIZANIE:  A weed growing in grain fields, prob. darnel (Lolium temulentum).)

Kiara Chester and Lorcan Hopper in Josh Campton’s “What Bird is That“. Photography: Shane Reid
Debt 5 success

Brilliant Audience Feedback

For Debut 5 the new Studio at Restless was converted into a small theatre and allowed us to present the work with high quality production values. The work of the 5 emerging choreographers, James Bull, Josh Campton, Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou and Rachel High and the fabulous performances by the dancers delighted the audiences and they gave us some great feedback:

Wonderful, eclectic, fun, thoughtful – Thank you

Inspiring, beautiful and spectacular.

Wonderful work! I’m impressed, touched and inspired by you all.

Sensational, phenomenal, amazing. Everyone should see this incredible talent. The effects and music were fantastic as well.

One of the most joyous hours of my life.

Thanks once again to all the generous donors who made Debut 5 possible through the Creative Partnerships Australia Plus1 matched funding program. Thanks also to Arts South Australia’s Richard Llewellyn Art and Disability Program.

Bent Creek Wine Offer

Get Great Wine at a Great Price and support Restless!

During 2016 Bent Creek Vineyards have been sponsoring our events by providing some of their gorgeous wines for patrons to taste. We would especially recommend their delicious Black Dog Shiraz and their new Adelady Sparking Pinot Noir.
Now they are making a Special Wine Offer for supporters of Restless. They are offering 10% off the price with free delivery to the Adelaide Metro area and $2 from each bottle sale will be donated to Restless.
Another great idea for a Christmas present! Even if it’s a present for yourself!
To claim the discount simply go to the Bent Creek website and choose your wine. Then enter the coupon code “Restless10”.

You will have delightful wine and know that you are supporting Restless too. A win all round.

The offer is valid until 31st December 2016.

Buy Wine Now

Photography by Samantha Hines

Australian Dance Theatre’s

Rough Draft

Rough Draft is back again this month with a fantastic lineup including new works from ADT dancers, as well as local independent choreographers, artists and academics.

Rough Draft provides an opportunity for the audience to step inside the minds of some of South Australia’s most innovative creative thinkers and experience their development process in a raw and uncensored environment. 
In it’s eighth instalment, the program includes works from local independents Lina Limosani and Carlie Angel as well as ADT dancers Felix Sampson, Thomas Fonua and Matte Roffe. Lecturer and researcher Jeff Meiners will open discussions on the 2018 World Dance Congress.

Recently added artists include ADT dancer Kimball Wong and independent choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell, who will be discussing the themes behind her upcoming work Split Second Heroes.

Rough Draft Raffle

For just $5 attendees can enter ADT’s Rough Draft Raffle for a chance to win tickets to some of Adelaide’s most exciting upcoming performances and events. 

Choose what you win! Prizes include tickets to see the hit musical Singin’ in the Rain – Australia, passes to WOMADelaide Festival 2017, tickets to An Evening with Amanda Palmer presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre, a $50 Fringe voucher to next year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival AND tickets to see Israel’s L-E-V perform the Australian Premiere of Killer Pig as part of the Adelaide Festival. 

When: Friday 25 November

Time: Bar opens at 6.00pm for 7.00pm start

Cost: Entry by donation at the door 

Venue: Australian Dance Theatre Studios, 126 Belair Road Hawthorn [bar available prior and post show] 

Contact Details:

Phone: (08) 8373 7733 | Email:

Dana Nance. Photography: Shane Reid

Rest With Restless

Why not leave Restless a Bequest?

Making a bequest in your will is a thoughtful way to ensure that the vital work of Restless Dance Theatre continues into the future. To request information or discuss the steps involved in making a bequest, please contact Belinda Hellyer, Development Manager, via email or phone her on 08 8212 8495.
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