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Seeing Through Darkness

Seeing through Darkness by Restless Dance Theatre is a multi-disciplinary project directed by the company’s artistic director, Michelle Ryan, and draws inspiration from French artist Georges Rouault.

Michelle Ryan drew directly from nine of Rouault’s prints from the Miserere series and was, attracted to their ability to communicate a universal truth. She notes: “There is an unusual beauty to the work of Georges Rouault. The imperfect form of the body and the troubled soul of the work, resonates with how people with disability can feel and be perceived. Some may be confronted while others may see beauty and difference.”

Seeing through Darkness 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.

Outside of performance times visitors can transform the space with their own shadow, cast in vibrant colour in overlapping arcs on the walls.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Restless Dance Theatre

Dance Artist Workshop:

Thu 7 Oct – 11:30am-12:30pm

Join Restless Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Michelle Ryan, and Carol Wellman Kelly for this free workshop specifically designed for emerging and professional dance and movement artists who identify with disability.

Email [email protected] by Mon 4 Oct to register your interest in this free workshop.

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Choreographic Professional Development:

Fri 8 Oct – 4-5pm

This free professional development workshop will be led by Restless’ Michelle Ryan, is suitable for both secondary dance teachers and independent choreographers. We invite you to stay on the 6pm performance of Seeing Through Darkness and finish the evening with the 7pm screening of Michelle’s Story, including post-screening Q&A with Michelle Ryan.

Email [email protected] by Mon 4 Oct to register your interest in this free workshop.

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Eat & Drink

The bar will be open for this event – enjoy a drink with friends or stop by the HOTA Café for a bite to eat. Click through to our Eat and Drink options for opening times and more information.

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More from Restless Dance Theatre

Michelle’s Story

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.

Includes post screening Q&A with Michelle Ryan.

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Ecoute Pour Voir

Ecoute Pour Voir – Listen to See is eight solos, scattered in space and danced simultaneously.

Equipped with a pair of headphones connected to an MP3 player, one dancer and one audience member share a two-to-three-minute intimate choreographic exchange.

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Keeping you safe

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Restless Dance Theatre acknowledges the support of the Australia Council, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body, the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and Carclew, the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and Bank SA. This season is supported by Playing Australia, through the Australia Council. This work was developed with the support of the Art Gallery South Australia in response to the Gallery’s collection of works of art by Georges Rouault.

Image Credit: Matt Byrne
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