Restless Dance Theater announced today that the company’s director Nick hugues will retire after an exceptional 24-year career with Restless.
Nick worked with all six art directors during his tenure and was the stable base from which the company was able to flourish and develop. His generosity and kindness were felt throughout the Restless family and the company thanked Nick for his outstanding contribution to Restless and the South Australian arts community.
Nick’s impact on the arts was recently demonstrated with the presentation of the Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award to the South Australian Ruby Awards for his outstanding contribution to community cultural development.
Upon leaving Nick said: “I have met so many amazing and wonderful people and learned to respect and value people with disabilities as capable and distinctive human beings who deserve the same dignity and support. Everyone. Thank you to everyone who made my trip so fulfilling and joyful. There are many precious memories that I will take with me. “
Nick Linke, Chairman of the Board of Restless Dance Theater, said: “Nick was an integral member of the team that built Restless from the incredible foundations Sally Chance and her team laid to make the dream come true. to have disability-informed dance nationally and internationally celebrated, creating for the first time in Australia a professional career path for disability-informed dancers.
Nick is highly respected as a very experienced and knowledgeable arts administrator and leader. His wise advice, enthusiasm and expertise will be missed.
Nick leaves our organization in a very strong position having achieved year-over-year growth over many years (despite some funding issues) and leaves us with an exceptional team of dedicated professionals who will continue to implement and support our existing programs and partnerships.
As Chairman of the Board, I want to recognize Nick’s dedication and hard work to Restless over many years. I am sure you will join us in congratulating him on an outstanding career with Restless and his general contribution to the arts in this incredible state of the arts.
Julie Moralee will assume the role of Managing Director of Restless at the end of January 2022.
Moralee has been working for Restless Dance Theater as Marketing and Development Manager since 2019.
Her 20-year career in the arts and entertainment industry in South Australia has seen her occupy roles with Sony Music, Universal Pictures, Adelaide Festival Center; as well as a multitude of experiences with major festivals including the Come Out Festival, the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, the OzAsia Festival and most recently the Adelaide Fringe. Julie brings with her diverse skills and in-depth knowledge of partnership building and long-term business development.
On her new appointment, Julie Moralee said: “It is an absolute honor to take the reins at such an important, exciting and challenging time in the history of the company. I look forward to working alongside the incredible visionaries, Artistic Director, Michelle ryan and Creative Producer, Roz Hervey, to take the company to even greater heights over the next 30 years! “
Restless Art Director Michelle ryan commented “I would like to personally thank Nick for his guidance and support over the past nine years since joining Restless. I wish him all the best for a wonderful retirement and welcome Julie to her new role. , and I look forward to continuing our work together. “