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issue no. 68
Restless in Edinburgh | APACA/PAX | Aboriginal Masterclasses  | SASVI Workshops | CBS Sponsorship | Entertainment BookRest with Restless

from the artistic director

This is a time of exciting change at Restless. We are actively exploring lots of different opportunities for national and international touring. We are looking at our options to tour two different works: Intimate Space and Zizanie

  • Following the brilliant success of Intimate Space at the 2017 Adelaide Festival and its Helpmann nomination as Best Dance Work, we are actively seeking to on-sell the show to other festivals in Australia and worldwide. We will have a very exciting announcement about this in the not too distant future.
  • Meryl Tankard will be returning to Restless next week to continue her development of Zizanie with six Restless dancers. Zizanie is being made to tour and we are also hoping to be able soon to make a significant announcement about this production. Watch this space!

All this work is very long term in its outlook. What we are doing at this stage is setting up relationships with producers so that they are familiar with our work and with where the company is headed.

Thank you so much.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director


Restless in Edinburgh

Darcy Carpenter in Intimate Space. Photography: Shane Reid
Made In Adelaide
For two weeks in early August Michelle Ryan and Belinda Hellyer travelled together to Edinburgh. They went as part of the Arts South Australia Made In Adelaide event during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They also used the trip to make other contacts with producers with an eye to setting up future tours of Restless works. The trip was very successful with lots of contacts being established for longer term international collaborations. We would like to thank Arts South Australia for not only providing the extra funding to make this trip accessible and possible but also for the unstinting efforts of their staff in helping Michelle to access some of the venues.

Restless in Switzerland
Restless Development Manager, Belinda Hellyer also went to Switzerland in June to meet with the IntegrART and STEPS Festivals. Whilst there Belinda met with a number of other presenters and producers.


Alice Langsford and Jesse Rochow in Intimate Space  Photography: Shane Reid

Australian Performing Arts Centres Association Conference

Michelle and Roz Hervey went to Sydney to the APACA/PAX Conference on 21 and 22 August where they pitched both Intimate Space and Zizanie to the assembled Australian producers. The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association now has a new name: Performing Arts Connection (PAC for short) but its Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) remains a pre-eminent market for Australian touring content. Some of the delegates were very complimentary about the quality of the pitch that was presented and we are following up with a number of presenters regarding their interest in our company and our work.

ATSI Masterclasses

Image Credits. Top LeftHans Ahwang-Ware photo courtesy of   Top right: Karl Telfer, Photo by Tony Virgo.  Bottom Left: Gina Rings and Josh Campton (photo from 2016 Masterclass) Photo by Michelle Ryan

Restless Presents Masterclasses with leading ATSI dance professionals

Restless is presenting a second series of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Masterclasses. These are open to young ATSI participants with and without disability as was as some Restless participants. The masterclasses are on a Saturday and Sunday and go for three hours on each day. As with last years projects, the masterclasses are conducted by leading guest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance professionals.
So far, there have been two masterclasses conducted: one by Hans Ahwang-Ware and one by Gina Rings.
Hans Ahwang-Ware is a proud Torres Strait Islander, who worked for Queensland Health as a Health Promotion Officer after high school, undertaking his training with Quality Lifestyle Program. After this Hans moved to Moa (part of the Torres Strait Island archipelago) to care for his grandfather and continue his aged care and heathy lifestyle program work. In 2010 he made an emotional departure from the island to begin studying at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College in Sydney. It was an enormous change in his life and led to years of intense study and dedication to his passion. He has since been working as a freelance dancer and dance teacher across Australia and around the world.
Hans’ Masterclass was held 26 and 27 August and he was assisted by Cinzia Schincariol  and by Josh Campton who is a Larrakia (N.T.),Wadaman, Karajarri (W.A) Aboriginal artist.
Gina Rings is a Aboriginal woman from the Kokatha nation on the west coast of South Australia. She has been involved in the arts for over 21 years and trained in dance disciplines stemming from classical ballet, contemporary dance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island traditional dance. Gina worked Bangarra from 1994 to 1998. Since then she has had wide experience dancing with and choreographing for many companies. Gina has worked in youth theatre for many years mainly with Kurruru Indigenous Youth Theatre as their main choreographer and six months as Artistic Director. Gina also has considerable experience in film (screen writing and play writing). Gina worked as a Mentor to Josh Campton last year as part of the Restless Debut 5 program, assisting in the development of his original work: What Bird Is That?
Gina’s Masterclass was held 16 and 17 September assisted by Cinzia Schincariol. Dearna Newchurch has been assisting Restless to set up this series of
Masterclasses. She has done a brilliant job and we thank her so much.
The final Masterclass in the current series will be held by Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer on 7 and 8 October. If you would like to attend please contact Dearna Newchurch.
Karl is a Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains. Born into a family of strong cultural heritage, who are actively involved in politics, and have always fought for social justice and human rights for Aboriginal people, Karl continues the legacy by integrating his culture with the arts. A Kaurna Cultural Bearer, an artist, a visual artist and community leader, Karl is recognised internationally as a cultural ambassador and has been invited to perform and participate culturally in many parts of the world: Seattle U.S.A, France, Spain, Singapore, London, Japan, Canada, Germany, Dubai. Karl is the founder of the Paitya Dance Group in Adelaide, which entwines Kaurna knowledge and culture with present experience, including work with Kaurna language, stories. Karl is working with Restless to advise on the development of the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Masterclasses are supported by Arts South Australia through their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Development Program.

SASVI Workshops

 Lily Gower with students from the SA School for Vision Impaired. Photography: Nadine Hughes
Workshops with SA School for Vision Impaired Restarted!

Students from SASVI are thoroughly enjoying their visits to the Restless Studio as part of a series of workshops. These workshops are a continuation of the highly successful residencies called Shared Visions that Restless conducted at the school in 2014 and 2015. The workshops will culminate in a showing for parents and friends in the Studio.
The Students absolutely love coming to Restless and it is wonderful to see their confidence with movement growing with each visit.
The Restless tutor team is led by Emma Stokes assisted by Jesse Rochow and Cinzia Schincariol. Importantly, the team also includes an Audio Describer for one of the aims is to encourage the students to become more familiar with Audio Description and so encourage them to attend live performance events. The role of Audio Describer is being shared by Eliza Lovell and Carol Wellman Kelly. Key staff from the school include Skye Jones and Lily Gower. They both say that the school highly values its relationship with Restless.
These 2017 workshops are being funded by Restless, by the school itself and by a donation from the Booze Brothers Staff Charitable Fund.

Thanks so much to all of the generous staff who contributed to this donation.

CBS Renews Sponsorship

Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. Supports Restless Again

We are delighted to announce that Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. has renewed their Sponsorship Agreement with Restless for another year. CBS has been one of the most loyal and generous supporters of Restless over a number of years. CBS Executive Director Freddie Brincat OAM has been a committed supporter both before and after he served as Chair of the Restless Board of Management several years ago.
Thank you Freddie for your continuing support.

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from Restless Dance Theatre, you’ll receive a BONUS $20 iTunes Gift Card plus FREE DELIVERY. What a win! But you need to be quick, offer ends on 29 September 2017 or until stocks run out.

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book, or the new Entertainment Digital Membership for your smartphone is packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and more!

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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.

Restless Dance Theatre
Belinda Hellyer
08 82128495


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Andrew Pandos in Intimate Space.  Photography: Shane Reid


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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!

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Dana Nance. Photography: Shane Reid

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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