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Dancing with disability: Restless Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years

Adelaide’s acclaimed Restless Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years of working with artists with and without disabilities, this Wednesday November 24th.

Adelaide’s acclaimed Restless Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years of working with artists with and without disabilities.  

The unique birthday celebration will take the stage to celebrate differences through dance, this Wednesday, November 24, exclusively for two shows at 6 pm and 8 pm. 

Founded in 1991, Restless works predominantly (but not exclusively) with dancers with intellectual disabilities.  

The company was founded by dance artist Sally Chance who established her studio as a place where it is an advantage to have a disability. 

Sally also established the company’s core methodology, where disabled and non-disabled dancers create high-quality work together out of their movement responses to creative challenges. 

The performance includes three works choreographed by Artistic Director Michelle Ryan with live performances of Correlation, Seeing Through Darkness and Exposed, combined to transform Adelaide’s state-of-the-art performance venue, The Lab at Light. 

Michelle remarked “Restless is an important part of the national arts ecology celebrating diversity on stage and showcasing the artistry of dancers with disabilities.

I am honoured to be working with such incredible artists. I look forward to the longevity of the company as it continues to make great art and challenge and excite audiences.” 

Restless invigorates, influences and diversifies dance by creating innovative and highly distinctive works of dance theatre.  

The evening will be accompanied by a mesmerising score performed live by Emily Tulloch. 

Restless is a place where diversity is celebrated and all artists thrive creatively, their work is loud, strong and original! 

Restless has formed a major touring repertoire performing a sold-out season at the Adelaide Festival as well as performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Adelaide Fringe and the Bleach Festival in Brisbane which coincided with the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

The company have also performed on stages across Europe and Asia as a part of their Restless Tour in 2019.

Additionally, the dance troop has a rich history in the creation of dance films, working with local film company Closer Productions to make the highly awarded Necessary Games (2008/9) Baby, Are You There? (2014 -with Adelaide based band The Audreys) and To Look Away (2015). 

Restless is in negotiation to screen online the video recording of Seeing Through Darkness as part of the inaugural CoMotion Festival hosted by the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Restless Dance is paving the way towards a more inclusive dance industry creating positive opportunities for all.

Restless Dance is a collective and vibrant community that welcomes dancers of all ages and abilities. 

Restless Dance Theatres 30th Anniversary celebration kicks off November 24th at 6 pm & 8 pm 

Tickets are on sale through Moshtix 

Find out more about restless dance on their website, Facebook and Instagram

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