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issue no. 60
Sally’s Ruby | 2016 | AusDance Awards |2017 | Wine Offer | Bequests |


from the artistic director
As we hurtle towards the end of the year I’d like to take a moment to wish all our supporters and friends Happy Christmas and a very merry New Year!
Hearty congratulations to Sally Chance who received the 2016 Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Individual. This award is very appropriate recognition for the ground breaking work that she did in establishing Restless Dance Theatre in 1992 and all her excellent work since. Sally, we salute you.
What a jam packed year 2016 was for Restless! I’ll let you read in the newsletter all the details of the projects we did this year. And of course we haven’t stopped yet: we are working hard putting the finishing touches to Intimate Space – our show in the Adelaide Festival next year. I urge you to book your tickets early because with only 10 people at each performance, we will sell out!
Also included in this edition of the Wrap is our exciting program for 2017. As we enter the first year of our 4 year funding from the Australia Council, in our lovely venue in Gilles Street, I am delighted to be able to tell you that Restless and our dancers are in a very good and strong place.

Seasons Greetings to everyone from all of us here at Restless and we hope you all have a great New Year.
Now, back to rehearsals…

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

Sally Chance
Sally Chance wins Ruby Award

for Sustained Contribution by an Individual

We are delighted that Restless Dance Theatre founder Sally Chance received the 2016 Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Individual.

This award is richly deserved for there are several elements of Sally’s approach that have combined to make her contribution so substantial:

  • Her valuing of the creative power of the individual
  • Her commitment to producing quality work
  • Her deep understanding of and creative improvement of the theoretical underpinnings of her work. She is able to eloquently express the dynamics of the complex work she undertakes
  • Her ethical integrity in always treating everyone appropriately
  • Her ability to give positive, thoughtful and supportive responses to work of others.

Sally’s contribution has included nurturing and encouraging so many other artists in South Australia and she has influenced and help expand their understandings. The ripples on the creative pond have spread out because the arts practices of those artists have been enriched and enlivened through their work with her. The true measure of her contribution is the myriad arts projects that have become better: more refined in their use of collaborative protocols; more thoughtful in the nuancing of their approach because of Sally’s influence.

Merry Christmas from the cast and crew of Debut 5. Photography: Shane Reid

2016 was an action packed year for Restless. This is what we did:

  • Presented In The Balance as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with The Audreys playing live.
  • Started using the brand new Restless Studio in Gilles Street – and we had a great opening event in April which was kicked off with a heart warming Aboriginal welcome from Karl Telfer and the Yellaka dancers
  • Presented five new short works of dance theatre in Debut 5, directed by five experienced Restless dancers each supported by a different professional mentor
  • Raised $38,420 in donations through our Give Me Five program which was matched by the Creative Partnerships Australia Plus1 program
  • Presented three Aboriginal Masterclass weekends run by Frances Rings, Gina Rings and Deon Hastie
  • Held a week long residency by Michelle Ryan in Alice Springs hosted by Incite Arts working with aboriginal and non aboriginal people with disability
  • Hosted a three day Masterclass presented by London based company Frantic Assembly
  • Established a Donor Circle
  • Were granted 4 Year Funding support by the Australia Council
  • Performed at the Friends of the Australian Ballet AGM
  • Held a Creative Development of Elegance the new work for the Youth Ensemble in 2018 directed by Caroline Bowditch
  • Held a Creative Development of Zizanie a new touring work directed by Meryl Tankard which will premiere in 2019
  • Performed at International Day of People With Disability in Victoria Square
  • Attended meetings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth
  • Presented our four ongoing workshop programs during all four school terms: Youth Ensemble, Senior Ensemble, Central and Links. And we achieved funding support for these workshops from the Perpetual Foundation
  • Presented two workshop programs once a week during term 3: Growth Spurt and SCOSA
  • Presented three schools workshops in secondary schools and
  • Started intensive rehearsals to create Intimate Space, our Adelaide Festival show in 2017.

Australian Dance Awards
Please Nominate Restless

If you loved what we did in 2016 please go to the Ausdance Website and vote for In The Balance for an Outstanding Dance Award in the Youth Dance category.
Nominations close 28th February 2017.

Kathryn Evans and Chris Dyke. Photography: Shane Reid
2017 Program

Intimate SpaceAdelaide 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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Kathryn Evans, Michael Hodyl, Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Noble and Dana Nance.  Photography: Regis Lansac

2017 Program cont.

Zizanie – 2nd Creative Development
After the successful first Creative Development for Zizanie in November,  Meryl Tankard  and Regis Lansac will return for a second Creative Development of the brand new work called Zizanie. which will premiere in 2019.

Zizanie is a French word which can mean discord, mischief or chaos or stirring up trouble. It can also mean weeds.
Meryl is exploring:” What is normal ?..what is acceptable? ..if someone is slightly different they are frowned upon… we are afraid of people who are not ‘like us’ because we don’t know them…

Caroline Bowditch

2017 Program cont.

Elegance Creative Development

There will be a second Creative Development of a new work by the Youth Ensemble directed by Caroline Bowditch – Australian born performance artist and choreographer with disability who is currently based in Glasgow UK.
The full production will be presented in 2018.
Elegance (working title) will be a work that seeps into the unconscious assumptions about glamour, handsomeness and allure that are so powerful in our fashion focussed society. Elegance will entertain with comic reversals of these assumptions from the point of view of disability.

Karl Telfer and Jianna Georgiou. Photgraphy: Michelle Ryan

2017 Program cont.


Kumangka is a Kaurna word meaning: Together.
Restless will continue and expand the successful Aboriginal Mastrclasses that were held during 2016. We are continuing to work with Karl Telfer to present more masterclasses in 2017 and to develop Kumangka: a Sharing Day which will be a larger community performance event in 2018.

Karl has written for Restless a beautiful Kaurna acknowledgment of the spirit of place which we honour:
Restless Dance Theatre has begun a journey of understanding the Spirit of Place. We know this place is ancient and that the living spirit of the first peoples still breathe here. We respect the continuing living spirit of culture which lives through their generations today. Restless acknowledges the family clans of the Kaurna Nation and we shall walk softly and with respect as we feel the footprints of their ancestors.

Rstless Senior Ensemble Workshop. Photgraphy: Michelle Ryan

2017 Program cont.

Workshop Program

Restless will continue to present its four ongoing workshops:
Central is the heart of the Restless annual program of activities for the community. It is a year long, open access, weekly workshop program for people with and without disability aged 15 – 26. Restless’ community programs are an important part of the participant’s lives, as they provide a safe and supportive environment in which their voices can be heard. Restless Central provides an opportunity for participants to develop their skills over an extended period. Terms of Central often end with an informal studio showing, giving family members, friends and supporters an opportunity to witness the dancer’s skills in development and share their experiences of being engaged with Restless.
Central workshops occur weekly during school terms and are the primary route into the Company for new participants.
Tuesday nights During School terms.
If you, or someone you know is interested in joining the Central Workshops please contact Roz Hervey on 08 8212 8495 or

Links is an enjoyable dance workshop for 8-14 year olds with disability. It takes place in the daytime on Saturdays. This program also acts as a feeder group for the Youth Ensemble. If you, or someone you know is interested in joining  Links please contact Roz Hervey on 08 8212 8495 or

Youth Ensemble
In addition to the Intimate Space production and the opportunities presented by the Creative Developments, a series of developmental workshops will be held for members of the Youth Ensemble and other independent artists throughout the year. These workshops form part of the Company’s commitment to provide professional development for the dancers.
The dancers will undergo rigorous training through attending Masterclasses and training sessions organised by Restless with national and internationally acclaimed artists and industry professionals.

Senior Ensemble
The Senior Ensemble is open to people who have graduated from the Youth Ensemble and its members also have a year round training program. The Senior Ensemble will meet once a week and work with experienced tutors under the guidance of Artistic Director Michelle Ryan. They will be offered similar training opportunities as the Youth Ensemble.

Restless will also present workshops at dreamBIG:
Come Dance With Me, Again: dreamBIG Workshops
Restless will again present over a week, a series of workshops open to the public as part of the dreamBIG Festival (formerly known as Come Out) in May. These workshops are called: Come Dance With Me, Again. They will be presented in the Scots Church Hall on North Terrace in central Adelaide. The workshops are free but you will need to book via the dreamBIG website.

As you can see, 2017 is shaping up to be huge! If you would like to support our program, you can make a donation here:


We are most grateful for your contribution, big or small. Donations of $2 and above are tax deductible. Thanks so much. A virtual high five to you!

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” on the payment page.

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

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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