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Restless Dance Theatre

Restless Dance Theatre


Restless Dance Theatre (Restless) is Australia’s only dance theatre company working with artists with and without disability to collaboratively create outstanding inclusive dance theatre informed by disability. 

Now in its 29th year, Restless wants to continue to create viable career pathways for dancers with disability.

Your support will enable the company to;

  • Continue as Australia’s leading dance company working with artists with disability; 
  • Create amazing art to showcase diversity on stage;
  • Tour our work nationally and internationally;
  • Pay artists with disability as professional artists; and 
  • Provide training for dancers with disability in alignment with the training dancers without disability receive.

Restless has been devastated by the news that the company’s application to the Australia Council for the Arts for multi-year funding (2021-24) was unsuccessful. It is important that Australia understands the impact this decision will have on the company. 

Award-winning Artistic Director, Michelle Ryan commented "I believe the funding decision to defund Restless is sending the message that professional dance artists with disability are not important or even regarded in the national dance landscape. It would be understandable if the company did not have a point of difference or if it had been underachieving on a national level. However, having presented all our work in major festival contexts over the last four years and our increased level of output and success, indicates to the contrary."

Restless has shone as a leader for creating bold, innovative and striking art. All works over the past four years have been presented in a Festival context to critical acclaim. 

2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival – In the Balance

2017 Adelaide Festival – Intimate Space 

2018 Bleach* Festival Commonwealth Games Arts and Culture Festival – Intimate Space

2018 Adelaide Film Festival - Creating the Spectacle

2019 Adelaide Festival – Zizanie

2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival - Intimate Space

Looking to the future, in 2021 and 2022 we have national and international tours and groundbreaking collaborations that will be in jeopardy without stable core funding to manage the projects. 2021 projects include a Queensland regional tour, Hong Kong presentation, Canadian/Australian collaboration to be presented at Australian and Canadian Festivals, collaboration with Victoria's Chunky Move has been slated to premiere in the United Kingdom, and 2022 two Australian Festivals have expressed interest in presenting a bold new work, Guttered.

It is with bold ambition we will strive to raise $1.5 million dollars over the next four years to continue the brilliant work of our dancers.  Every donation makes a significant impact on our touring ambitions and the future of our company. 

The legacy of the community raised funding will be seen as Australians backing professional career pathways for dancers with disability. These dancers become mentors and an inspiration to younger people with disability to take part in our programs, and together, we become ambassadors for Australia and its commitment to the art of ability. 

If you would like to support Restless please click on the donation tabs above or below. Donations above $2.00 are tax-deductible and all will have a huge impact on our future. We are most grateful for your contribution, big or small. A receipt for your donation will be immediately sent to you by email when approved.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. A virtual high five to you!

Restless is a not-for-profit organisation based in Adelaide, SA. It is a registered Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

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