Director: Matt Prest
Featuring: Second year Bachelor of Performance students
“The Australian economy was reformed off the back of Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner and Mr Shostakovich…If you get the imagination moving on the big plane, the cabinet material are just dust in the cracks of the floorboards of history.” Paul Keating, former PM
Mahler’s 2nd Symphony plays on a record, accompanied by the collected ramblings of late night talkback radio. These 2 elements are the raw material for a performance. They run along together in a composition of bodies, voices, colour and movement.
Performed with passion by a motley crew of semi-professionals, Dust Between the Floorboards melds grand spectacle with amateur mediocrity in an attempt to find some kind of alchemy, for your entertainment.
Dust Between the Floorboards is the culmination of a process led by director Matt Prest, working with 2nd Year Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance) students. A devising process that has been open-ended, intuitive and physical, and has aimed to give creative agency to the students as makers as well as performers.
MATT PREST works across theatre, performance and live art, making both solo and collaborative work, as a performer, director and devisor. He holds a BFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation, from COFA, UNSW and has trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. Matt has been a lead artist in the cross-disciplinary performance works: The Tent (2008 - 2010); Hole in the Wall with Clare Britton (2010); Whelping Box with Branch Nebula and Clare Britton (2012-14); Running Up A Skyscraper ( 2015); and The Queen St Run (2016). His work has been presented at ArtsHouse, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Darwin Festival, PICA, Site is Set Festival, APAM and Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival, Chicago. Matt has collaborated with Branch Nebula, My Darling Patricia, Dr Brown, Urban Theatre Projects and Artback NT. His work has been recognised with a Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre (2014), Green Room Awards for Best Production Design (2010) and Best Contemporary Performance (2014), and a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council (2012). He was artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York, 2016 and is Assistant Producer for contemporary performance and dance at Campbelltown Arts Centre. He is currently developing a new work, Shammgods with Malcolm Whittaker and Nitin Vengurlekar
Warnings include: Coarse Language, Haze
Cast: Kezia Ann, Sam Chapman, Lily Christie Daly, Leah Herbert, Will Holland, Cameron Johnstone. Gaby Lioe, Thomas Petersen, Ethan Plunkett, Lauren Taylor, Noah Thomas and Bella Whitcher
Production Manager: Jaime Petersen
Stage Managers: Steph McAulay and Bethany Tramontano
Lighting Designers: Thomas Doyle and Bethany Tramontano
Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th Of October, 8pm nightly
University of Wollongong, Building 25, Room 168.
School of the Arts, English and Media