DVA and Black Hole Theatre Collaborate....
To make "Toast" in 2016
With the generous support of Maddocks, the RACV Foundation and Sisters’of Charity Foundation, DVA Theatre successfully completed the project Live Wires and the Sundance Toasties. In collaboration with Black Hole theatre and La Mama Theatre, the company worked to devise and present “Toast,” The eventual outcome of the project was a live theatre production, presented at the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Theatre on the 12th and 13th of November. Toast told the quirky tale of two people and a surrounding neighborhood as they searched for love, hope, freedom and the secret and allusive ingredient to toast.
Brought to life through puppetry, dance, photography, light and shade, music and storytelling, this work told of the search for gold, the heart of gold, of finding and losing and loving.
Performed by The DVA Theatre Company Ensemble In collaboration with Black Hole Puppetry
“Toast” was a culmination of characters true and imagined, merging from what we feel inside to what we see and know and have and what we reach for too. It was the story of a heart of a search for gold, a heart of gold. It was the story of finding and looking for more. It was a lot of hard work and great people and a toast to love.
This piece of theatre proved that community can sit at the heart of creation. It was a testament to the transformative nature of theatre and the important role of the Arts to embolden the human spirit and as a catalyst for change and understanding.
DVA at the 2015 Light in Winter Festival
“ I am gentle, I am tall, I am history, I am yours. I am past, I am future, I am one, I am one, I am two, I am red and I’m blue...... we are here in the light " DVA Theatre Company
In June 2015, DVA Theatre Company together with Melbourne Djembe paid homage to the life giving power of light by day and by night. As Chandra Moon illuminated the skies, Sunna Sun brought brightness, warmth energy and joy to Federation Square. Tribal Rhythms, a twist of marching band brigade and an exhibition of light and light based technology in photography, our gentle giant Puppet Alias Olive, stood out in the crowd to celebrate us @ DVA Theatre. Dancing, drumming and roving through a solstice of festivities, the magic, the moonlight and the sun collided as one peaceful warrior.
Live-Wires...AND THE SUN-DANCE TOASTIES
DVA have been working on a new puppetry project, "Live-Wires and the Sun-dance Toasties." Part of this project involves the ensemble creating a giant puppet, using recycled materials. The group have so far collected discarded rubbish from their homes and visited Reverse Art Truck to collect materials for construction. Reverse Art Truck is a non-profit organisation located in the suburb of Ringwood that collects rejects, seconds and factory off cuts.
The giant puppet "Alias Olive" will feature in this years Federation Light in Winter Festival. He is almost complete and ready to join the parade.
The puppet was inspired by the ensembles poem:
I am gentle, I am tall, I am history, I am yours...
I am past, I am future, I am one...
I am one, I am two, I am red and I’m blue,
I am wise, I am kind
I am round like the moon...
I am looking, I am lonely
I am round like the sun...
I am feet of a frog
And a heart that can long....
I am beautiful
I am love
I am life
In the light....
DVA Theatre Ensemble
Harvest Moon and the Breakfast Club
A Photographic Exhibition
While documenting work on our current puppetry theatre project we had a photographic exhibition at the Diamond Valley Library...
By DVA Theatre and in collaboration with
The Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
“I like Breakfast most… with toast…most…. Hot, soft, warm, tender, butter tops, a peanut coat of comfort and crunch, sweet jam with vegemite, alright…Toast!.....all rise for some morning toast… I am the orange OC, Dark Princess apple Queen, passion-fruit ‘s evening delight, fruit salad light, grapes green and a hip-hop star, I am tomato red in Nonna’s Kitchen ..Blueberry night and a watermelon's afternoon…… “
DVA Theatre Ensemble
“We are Inside- Outside...shutdown , closed up, swimming free... “
DVA Theatre Ensemble
Photography by: Patti Green
Directed by: Nicla Byrnes
From the 8th -15th of December DVA showcased an exhibition in Photography and moving images featuring the DVA Theatre Company Ensemble following a journey through an orchard of life giving fruit and flowers in the relationship between time and self, exploring the depths of human fear, light, hope, repression and freedom. Presented at the Diamond Valley Library this work celebrated the developing work of the DVA Ensemble in collaboration with Artistic Director Nicla Byrnes and our in house photographer Patti Green.