– Restless Dance Theatre – Seeing Through Darkness

Directed by Michelle Ryan, artistic director of Restless Dance Theatre, Seeing Through Darkness is a physical response to the works of French expressionist artist Georges Rouault. The company’s six dancers perform in the Art Gallery of South Australia alongside the works of Rouault, with the artist’s influential monochromatic portrayals of humanity brought to life through lighting, shadow and movement.

Ryan says, “The imperfect form of the human body and the troubled soul of the works of Rouault resonate with how people with disabilities can feel and be perceived. Some may be confronted while others may see beauty in difference.”

“There are many facets that create the human experience. Some are vibrant flashes of joy and achievement while others are the lingering remains of pain and loss. But ultimately, what do we leave behind?”

The performance is supported by the dramatic use of light and bold shadow work. The result sees light arc around the performers, mimicking the way the sun tracks and allowing the performance and space to be painted by light.

Approximately 15 minutes

Available in Hong Kong and Macau only

  • Audio Description in English

Click here for pre-show notes.

Online Programme

Registration starts on: 9 Feb 2021 (Tue) 10am
Available from: 8 Mar 2021 (Mon) 10am — 31 Mar 2021 (Wed) 11pm
Approx 15 mins, with Audio Description in Chinese and English
Available in Hong Kong and Macau only

Artistic Director / Director
Michelle Ryan
Lighting Design
Geoff Cobham
Costume Design
Mag Wilson
Hilary Kleinig
Emily Tulloch
Kathryn Adams
Chris Dyke
Jianna Georgiou
Michael Hodyl
Alexis Luke
Michael Noble
Assistant Director
Larissa McGowan
Matt Byrne
Get to know the artists and the creative ideas behind the works through exclusive interviews.

Speaker: Michelle Ryan (Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre)
Conducted in English with Chinese and English subtitles

Meet-the-Artist: Michelle Ryan

“Links” Dance Theatre Workshops

Restless believes that through dance, children can speak eloquently to everyone, and children with disability can excel.
This dance theatre workshop for 8–14-year-olds of all abilities involves creating movement in a safe and fun environment where the participants’ ideas become dance.

Each participant received a specially designed map of Adelaide, which became the centrepiece of the workshop. Throughout the workshop, participants learnt about the geography of Adelaide. They were also introduced to very Australian icons, such as the kookaburra, the eucalyptus and the beach.

At each tourist destination, they created a movement phrase that was reflective of the area. For example, when they were at the beach, the movements involve putting on sunscreen and playing in the surf.

Each movement phrase was designed to fit in 2 feet by 2 feet space. The focus was on arms, face and upper body articulation. At the end of the workshop, all of the phrases was put together to create “The Adelaide Journey”.

No experience was necessary, just the desire to take part.

Date: 27 Mar 2021 (Sat)
Session A: 10am – 11am
Session B: 12pm – 1pm

Platform: Zoom
Quota: 20

Emma Stokes and Bonnie Williams

Target Audience
8 to 14-year-olds of all abilities

Conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese

Session A and B are of the same content.

Arts Accessibility Services

    For enquiries about Arts Accessibility Services, please contact us.

  • Email: outreach@nolimits.hk
  • Tel: 2828 4977
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Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Theme: Creating and Presenting a Dance Theatre Workshop for People with Disability

This workshop guided people through the way Restless leads their dance theatre workshops. Participants watched the tutor team teach five Restless dancers. At times they were also invited to join in.

The session was be broken down into the following:

1. Introduction to Restless works – Video presentation
2. How to plan and adapt for differing abilities – How accessible can we be? The Exciting Challenge.
3. Workshop delivery:

  • Community check-in
  • Warmup
  • Conditioning/Technique
  • How we create
  • How we pull ideas together
  • Reflection

4. Five Restless dancers were live participants. The Restless tutors worked through each element outlined in point 3. Hong Kong participants were able to join in or watch.
5. Q&A

Date: 27 Mar 2021 (Sat)
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Platform: Zoom
Quota: 100

Jo Curren and Emma Stokes

Target Audience
Teachers and dance theatremakers

Conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese

Arts Accessibility Services

    For enquiries about Arts Accessibility Services, please contact us.

  • Email: outreach@nolimits.hk
  • Tel: 2828 4977
  • WhatsApp: 2828 4949

Meet-the-Artist: Michelle Ryan

Programme Guide

House Programme

Co-presented by

Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Strategic Supporting Partner

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