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Michelle Ryan

Artistic Director, Restless Dance Theatre

Movement for All

Michelle is an arts practitioner with over twenty years experience in the areas of film, performance, choreography and administration.

Michelle worked for Queensland Arts Council before joining Meryl Tankard in Canberra and Adelaide (Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre). She was a performer with Tankard for 7 ½ years followed by projects in Europe as Tankard’s assistant. Projects included the Andrew Lloyd Webber West End Production, The Beautiful Game and remounting works in Portugal and Sweden.  On returning to Australia, Michelle was a founding member of Splintergroup. She was the Associate Artist and Rehearsal Director for lawn,roadkill and underneath. From 2005 – 2010 Michelle worked at Dancenorth in various capacities including Artistic Manager, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer and Assistant Producer.

In 2009 Michelle created the dance film Nerve Ending that has been screened nationally and internationally and in 2010 created Four Short Films About Juanita. In 2010 Michelle joined National Disability Services Queensland and in 2011 Michelle performed in the Brisbane Festival season of Out of Context for Pina by Les Ballet C de la B in 2011 as the guest artist. She recently performed in Take Up Thy Bed and Walk by Gaelle Mellis and is working in 2013 with Torque Show on the new production Intimacy.

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