Restless, South Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with artists with and without disability is pleased to premiere their new work Exposed at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre this April.
Directed by Michelle Ryan, Exposed is a new work exploring vulnerability, uncertainty and risk through movement, design and music. Be taken on a journey where the breath is a metaphor for feeling threatened or safe, agitated or calm, and the sonic possibilities of breath are entwined into the mesmerising score.
“The idea came from an experience I had as a person living with disability where I was made to feel very vulnerable in the public space,” said Michelle Ryan. “I felt overwhelmed with fear and distress at the lack of empathy shown. I initially revealed my vulnerability but quickly realised the situation required me to show strength.”
“It got me asking ‘What happens when your usual defences are challenged? Do you stay and fight? What’s your fall-back?’ It is my response to the feeling of vulnerability – a powerful standing up for oneself.”
Drawing on this personal experience Michelle explained in greater detail her thoughts behind creating the work “Most of us are free to make choices about what parts of our life we keep private and what is public. But for some, this choice is often not so straight forward,” she said.
“We need to rely on others, sometimes strangers to help us with moments in life that you might take for granted. And if we are lucky, we will have people around us who we trust. Trust is built slowly over time, relinquishing ourselves to the hands of others.”
“With our backs to the wall, creating edges and boundaries, we build a community around us to keep our fragility protected. It is when we feel safe enough to let our guards down, we can show the little pieces of ourselves that are our most personal. To be brave, yet vulnerable, is when we feel safe and not exposed,” said Michelle.
With an evocative score by Hilary Kleinig and Emily Tulloch, stunning lighting and set design by Geoff Cobham and a superb cast of seven diverse Restless dancers, Exposed is expressive, somewhat haunting, mysterious and gracefully performed. Exposed is moving and beautiful.
Director: Michelle Ryan | Assistant Director: Larissa McGowan | Musical Score: Hilary Kleinig & Emily Tulloch | Set & Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham | Costume Design: Renate Henschke
Space Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Season continues to 9 April 2022
For more information, visit: www.restlessdance.org for details.
Image: Charlie Wilkins stars in Exposed – photo by Shane Reid