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issue no. 77

from the artistic director

We are delighted to announce that our production of Zizanie is part of the program of the 2019 Adelaide Festival! It is a privilege to be working with Meryl Tankard and have the opportunity to present this extraordinary work in the Adelaide Festival. The Restless dancers will charm and delight audiences as this fantastical tale for the whole family unfolds. We are performing in the Space Theatre 14th – 17th March. Seats are limited so please do book early. See below for details.
After nine years as Financial Administrator at Restless, Maggie Armstrong has decided to retire. Maggie is much loved by the whole Restless community and her knowledge and commitment are respected throughout the arts sector in South Australia. We will miss her encouragement, her wise words and her wicked sense of humour. Thank you Maggie for all you have done for Restless.
We relished the opportunity to participate in the Adelaide Film Festival’s presentation of Creating the Spectacle with trailblazing UK artist Sue Austin. The work we created showcased 12 amazing Restless dancvers. I was especially proud of their focus during rehearsals, at the loud and active North Adelaide Aquatic Centre. The dancers performed with elegance grace and sophistication.

There is an important opportunity coming up to Have Your Say about the National Arts and Disability Strategy. Come along to a face-to-face consultation at Restless on 13 November. It is important that your voice be heard.

Thank you.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director



Photography: Regis Lansac

Restless back in the Adelaide Festival!
We will be premiering Zizanie directed by Meryl Tankard in the Space Theatre. With only 6 shows and a small capacity we expect it will sell out so get your tickets early!

Zizanie is a great French word that can mean anything from “shambles” or “discord” to wilfully “stirring the pot”. It can also mean “weeds”. This exciting new work for all ages created by Australian dance icon, Meryl Tankard for Adelaide’s own Restless Dance Theatre, celebrates the beauty in difference and reminds us of Grayson Perry’s inimitable words that “weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden.”

The grump next door wants everything to be as neat as a pin; for him, there’s no wall high enough to keep out life in all its wild, unruly splendour. Can he learn to embrace the zizanie and discover fun?

Designed by Girl Asleep’s brilliant Jonathon Oxlade, and featuring exquisite video projections by Regis Lansac, this joyful, whimsical piece is a worthy successor to 2017’s wonderful Intimate Space and it’s an added joy to see this unique company responding to the magic of one of Australia’s most influential choreographers.


  • Thu 14 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Fri 15 Mar, 11:30am, 7:30pm
  • Sat 16 Mar, 2:00pm, 7:30pm
  • Sun 17 Mar, 3:30pm



  • Standard $49,
  •  RAA $44,
  • Friends $42,
  • Conc $39,
  • U30 $25

Further information and tickets

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Maggie Armstrong

Photography: Shane Reid
The Wonderful Maggie Armstrong is leaving Restless

Maggie has been putting her excellent skills to work at Restless for nine years. She first came to the company in the role of Company Manager while Nick Hughes was away on leave and we were very fortunate to persuade her to stay on as Financial Administrator. Restless has benefitted from her knowledgeable counsels ever since.
As everyone who has had dealings with Maggie knows, she is a warm hearted and wise person who is accepting and funny and fair. She interacts with our dancers, their parents, our team of tutors, people who hire our spaces and many others with a smile on her lips and a twinkle in her eye.
Maggie finishes up on 22nd November. We warmly wish her all the best in her new, more tranquil lifestyle and we heartily thank her for everything she has contributed to the company. We will miss you Maggie.

Creating the Spectacle

Photography: Shane Reid

Extraordinary Performance by Sue Austin and Restless Dancers
As the centrepiece of the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival, Restless performed with acclaimed UK multimedia, performance and installation artist Sue Austin to stage Creating the Spectacle. Austin invented a world-first, self-propelled underwater wheelchair for the underwater, live-art and film event. Viewers were able to watch the performance underwater in scuba gear or poolside via a video screen. Presented over two nights: 18 and 19 October, the performance held the audiences spellbound.

Michelle Ryan choreographed 12 Restless dancers in a mesmerising, 9 minute, poolside prelude to Sue Austin’s plunge into the water. It was a beautiful piece. The dancers demonstrated their excellent skills and were enhanced by the reflections in the pool. This was a first public performance for four new members of the Restless Youth Ensemble: Issy Drummond-Sweeney, Bhodi Hudson, Charlie Wilkens and Bella Kobyashi. All the dancers were fabulous!
British performance artist Sue Austin’s ‘underwater ballet’ at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is not just visually mesmerising, it also encourages a shift in the way we view disability…
The audience loses sense of time and place; you re-imagine a new concept of freedom…
Supported by members of Adelaide’s Restless Dance Theatre – who begin the performance in ebb and flow fashion, expressing fear, curiosity and, ultimately, admiration for the water – Creating the Spectacle doesn’t look at disability from the eyes of those who see a lack of something, but rather from those who know their art is an exciting vision and should, must, be shared.

Heather Taylor Johnson, In Daily Review

Photography: Shane Reid

Tell Your Story

National Arts and Disability Strategy face-to-face consultations

Emily Crockford in front of her collaborative
work with Rosie Deacon 2018. Studio A

Have your say: The National Arts and Disability Strategy – at Restless
Have your say about Deaf and disabled peoples’ access and participation in the arts sector. There will be a face-to-face consultation about the National Arts and Disability Strategy at Restless Dance Theatre, Adelaide on 13 November 2018. 
Changes in the creative and cultural sector, and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, have changed the experiences for Deaf and disabled people, and arts and disability organisations.

 Public consultations are being held to learn about what people and organisations need to support arts access and participation. 

Deaf and disabled people, their supporters and organisations can share their views through:

  1. An online survey at
  2. Providing written, verbal or recorded submissions
  3. Come along to a face-to-face consultation.  

A face-to-face consulation will be held in Adelaide. 

When: Tuesday, 13 November 2018. 

Where: Restless Dance Theatre, 195 Gilles St, Adelaide

Time: 10am to 1pm

This is your chance to share your ideas on what creates barriers, and supports Deaf and disabled peoples’ participation in the arts. It is also your chance to share examples of best practice and what you think should happen in the future.

RSVP your attendance by contacting Rea Singh by email on or phone via 1800 555 029. Please let Rea know about any access requirements to support your full participation. 

For more information on the National Arts and Disability Strategy, please visit 

This is your chance to have your say!

You can contact Access2Arts for more information: +61 (0)8 8463 or Email:


Restless Going Global


National and International Marketing Initiatives
Restless continues to explore marketing opportunities for both Intimate Space and Zizanie. Michelle Ryan and Roz Hervey attended the Queensland Touring Showcase in Brisbane in late October. Queensland Touring Showcase is an important annual event for artists, producers, presenters, venues and key industry players across the Queensland touring network to come together and exchange ideas, discuss new opportunities, plan and collaborate.
In early November Michelle and Roz will attend CINARS in Montreal, Canada. This is the first visit to CINARS by Restless staff and is a terrific opportunity to scope for future touring prospects in Canada.
Restless gratefully acknowledges the support of Carclew, the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and the Sydney Myer Fund in making these marketing trips possible.

Donate to Restless


What a screaming good idea!
Donate to Restless! Restless manages to do a great deal with the assistance it receives – but we are always able to do more if we have more help.
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.

Rest With Restless

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 Nick Hughes, Company Manager, via email or phone him on 08 8212 8495.
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