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issue no. 63
Glenside Lions | To Look Away | DreamBIG | Frozen Girl | Entertainment Book

from the artistic director

We thought that after all the excitement surrounding our successful season of Intimate Space in the Adelaide Festival – things would quieten down a bit. Not a hope!

We had a delightful day when Ian Digby and Paul Turner from the Glenside Lions came around to see the lovely removeable rostra that we bought with their generous donation of $15,000. The Studio will be so much easier to use for showings of work with these rostra. Thank you so much to the Glenside Lions.

Restless is included in the DreamBIG Festival again this year. The Restless workshops are free for families as part of the Big Family Weekend – 20 and 21 May.

And in June the fabulous Restless Development Manger Belinda Hellyer is having a quick visit to Switzerland to represent the company at the IntegrART Festival. This is part of our strategy for touring our work. More about this in future editions of the Wrap!

Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

Front Row: Michael Hodyl, Paul Turner, Ian Digby and Jianna Georiou.
Rear Row: Michael Noble, Michelle Ryan and Caitie Moloney. Photograph: Shane Reid
Innovative, potent, bold and beautiful, Intimate Space is an extraordinary and highly entertaining experience. – See more at:
Innovative, potent, bold and beautiful, Intimate Space is an extraordinary and highly entertaining experience. – See more at:
Innovative, potent, bold and beautiful, Intimate Space is an extraordinary and highly entertaining experience. – See more at:

New Studio Rostra

The Glenside Lions Club recently made a very generous donation of $15,000 to Restless. We decided to use it to buy some collapsible rostra for the Studio. Ian Digby, Chairman of Glenside Lions said, ‘the Club is very pleased to be able to support a company like Restless who create such brilliant opportunities for young dancers with disability. They have a lovely Studio at 195 Gilles Street and we are very happy to be able to add to their facilities. Glenside Lions ability to provide funds mainly comes through our successful second hand Bookmart at 4 Kennaway Street, Tusmore’. 
Restless Company Manager, Nick Hughes said: ‘We are delighted to be able to buy these much needed rostra with this generous donation. We turned the Studio into a small theatre last year for the season of Debut 5 – a series of amazing short works directed by five senior dancers with disability. We had to hire rostra to seat the audience. Having our own rostra will let us show the work of the dancers to best advantage much more regularly. The fact that the rostra easily pack away means that we are also able to get full use of the well-equipped, compact Studio for our thriving workshop program.’


Kathryn Evans on the set of To Look Away with the crew. Holding hands with director Sophie Hyde.
Photography by Ben Searcy
To Look Away screening in Adelaide
24 Frames Per Second to be exhibited at ACE

In 2015 Restless worked with Director Sophie Hyde and Closer Productions to create To Look Away, one of the exhibits in the dance on film exhibition called 24 Frames Per Second.
The exhibition was shown at Carriageworks in Sydney and was seen by 55,400 people. 24 Frames Per Seco
nd  was a major exhibition of 24 commissioned screen-based works by 18 Australian and 6 international artists. Developed over three years, 24 Frames Per Second presented the most dynamic and innovative contemporary multi-arts practice sitting at the nexus of dance, film and visual arts.

Restless is delighted that Adelaide audiences now have an opportunity to see a selection of works from this ground breaking dance on film exhibition. The selection also includes I Can Relate by Alison Currie, the other South Australian artist commissioned to make a work for 24 Frames Per Second. The works will be shown at ACE Open – The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) and Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) have joined forces to form ACE Open—South Australia’s leading organisation for contemporary visual art and artists.

24 Frames Per Second
When – 25 May – 1 July   Tue-Sat   11am – 4pm
Where – Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace (West End), Kaurna Yarta
Cost – Free admission

ACE-Open will be opened by Liz Nowell CEO, ACE Open and Michelle Ryan, Artistic Director, Restless Dance Theatre, Thursday 25 May 5pm

In a special collaboration, ACE Open will celebrate the opening weekend of 24 Frames Per Second with Physical Forces, three days of genre-bending dance programs presented in partnership with Vitalstatistix and Performance & Art Development Agency.


Photography by Riley Scott

Restless at DreamBIG Festival
Schools and Public Workshops

The fun is back as Restless Dance workshops return to DreamBIG.

Restless is returning to DreamBIG Children’s Festival in 2017 to run another series of exciting movement workshops.

No experience is necessary; all that’s needed is the desire to take part.

Led by highly experienced and motivating tutors with and without disability, in an accessible space, Come Dance with Me, Again workshops will enable students and young people to turn their ideas into dance!

Restless is conducting schools workshops on Thursday and Friday 18 and 19 May.

The Restless team of fabulous tutors is: Emma Stokes, Jo Naumann Curren and Michael Noble.

The workshops during the Big Family Weekend Sat 20 & Sun 21 May are free for families.

Sat, 20 May 2017, 11:00AM
Sat, 20 May 2017, 1:00PM
Sun, 21 May 2017, 1:00PM
Sun, 21 May 2017, 3:00PM
Where – Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
Cost – Free!

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Kathryn Evans. Photography: Pat Rix

Tutti Arts Show Starring Kathryn Evans

Frozen Girl is a new show being presented by Tutti Arts as part of the DreamBIG Festival. It is based around Kathryn Evans. Kathryn is a sister, a daughter and Jane’s very best friend. When Jane and her family leave to live in another city, Kathryn’s world falls apart.

Created by members of the Tutti Performing Arts Ensemble with director Juha Vanhakartano, writer Emily Steel and design artist Mawar Mawarini, Frozen Girl is experimental theatre which asks what happens when a thirteen year old becomes lost in her own world. It explores the inventiveness of her family’s support.

Come along to discover how Kathryn finds her way back.
Presented by Tutti Arts & Adelaide Festival Centre

Frozen Girl
Thu, 25 May 2017, 1:00PM
Fri, 26 May 2017, 11:00AM
Sat, 27 May 2017, 2:00PM
Sat, 27 May 2017, 6:30PM
Where – Tandanya     253 Grenfell Street

Cost –  Adult $25.00   Concession $20.00


Restless Fundraiser

The Entertainment Book

Restless Dance Theatre is raising funds. You can help us by buying either an Entertainment Book or a Digital Membership. The Entertainment Book is filled with hundreds of valuable offers offering large discounts at restaurants, cinemas, vineyards and much, much more.

Whether you choose an Entertainment Book or a Digital Membership (saves you carrying the book around!) you’ll receive these hundreds of discounts for everything you love to do. The offers last for the whole of the 17/18 financial year, and you will be helping our fundraising at the same time! Restless will receive $14 for every Entertainment Book or a Digital Membership sold.

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Restless to the World!
Belinda Hellyer heads to Switzerland

Belinda Hellyer will be representing Restless at the IntegrART Festival in Switzerland in early June.  Restless has been speaking with Isabella Spirig (IntegrART Project manager and Artistic Director of STEPS Festival) for some time about our work. Belinda will be able to see a great program of inclusive work and meet with key Presenters. This is part of the strategy for Restless to tour work nationally and internationally.

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Connect Hearing
Article Featuring Restless

Connect Hearing are an organisation providing innovative solutions for people with a hearing loss.

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Please help us keep providing brilliant creative experiences for our dancers.
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!

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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