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Iconic Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard, in her filmmaking debut, creates an inspirational portrait of dancer Michelle Ryan whose passion and courage has enabled her to overcome life-shattering personal adversity.

At the peak of her career, Michelle Ryan was one of Australia’s leading artists, dancing under the direction of Meryl Tankard at the Australian Dance Theatre. From there she toured the world until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Betrayed by her body she lost her career, mobility and marriage. Despite her damaged confidence and physical impairment, in a chance moment, she is drawn back to dance, eventually becoming artistic director at the Restless Dance Theatre, an Adelaide-based company working with young people with disabilities. “Michelle’s Story” is an uplifting story that offers insight into the world of dance and disability and the liberating power of art.

Includes post screening Q&A with Michelle Ryan.

Don’t miss these two events taking place as part of Restless Dance Theatre’s Residency at HOTA

7-8 Oct

Seeing Through Darkness

Seeing through Darkness by Restless Dance Theatre is an immersive experience for 6 dancers that is both a participatory exhibition and a 17 minute performance, collaborating with acclaimed lighting designer Geoff Cobham and composers Hilary Kleinig and Emily Tulloch.

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9-10 Oct 

Ecoute Pour Voir

Equipped with a pair of headphones connected to an MP3 player, 1 dancer and 1 audience member share a 2-3 minute intimate choreographic exchange. Through the sensitivity of artists living with and without disability, this new iteration of LISTEN TO SEE is likely to provoke unusual encounters.

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