THE DUSTY TALE
Everything You Need to Know About the Dusty Flowerpot!
WHO WE ARE
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is an artist collective of professional and emerging artists based in East Vancouver. We create, perform and engage our community in home spun tales within elaborate worlds of found-object, bygone aesthetic, hosting journeys of re-discovery of old treasures and stories well known to our hearts. Our crew are many — storytellers, dancers, producers, multi-media artists, puppeteers, musicians, painters and makers of all kinds — and our extended community is enormous. We welcome you as a part of it, and thank you for keeping alive the places where magic still exists.
To create and present multi-disciplinary arts events with a focus on community engagement and artistic excellence.
WHERE WE'VE PERFORMED
Made In BC – Dance on Tour
Vancouver Folk Festival
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Vancouver Summer Live:
125 Anniversary Celebrations
In The House Festival
Tremors Theatre Festival
FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery
North Shore Women’s Centre’s
Vancouver International Film Festival
Japanese Multicultural Procession
Vancity Members Day
The Shadbolt Center for the Arts
The Russian Hall, Strathcona
Vancouver Car Free Day
Parade of Lost Souls
FulFord Hall, Salt Spring Island
Injest: Festival of Clown and Play
Museum of Vancouver
The Vancouver Club
OUR COLLABORATIVE HISTORY
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret was formed in 2006 on a rainy winter's night in a Strathcona, Vancouver art studio, when a group of local artists met over red wine and blue cheese and decided to collaborate.
Their first show together The Valley of Ashes premeired in november 2007. The story of a boy on a quest with a flowerpot strapped to his back sparked the imaginations of audiences. The unique style of presentation combined storytelling, pantomime, puppetry, dance, original music and masks. The play was presented as storybook of forgotten fables, a multi-media tapestry. The shows ended each night's performance in a community dance party and a tradition was born. The Valley of Ashes was remounted the following May 2008 for a second sold out run.
In 2009 the Dusty Flowerpot returned with an all new show The Listening Jar, this time teaming up with Pivot Legal Society to create a show that explored the theme of 'Justice'. The play was a dark immersive fable, telling the story of a girl who finds a song in a jar and goes up against her totalitarian society in order to find the truth behind the mysterious melody. Again the show was a success selling out it's 5 evening run at the Russian Hall in Strathcona and leading to some great after parties.
In December 2010, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret produced The Village Project which was a weekend long immersive environment, a minature village complete with a treehouse, an art gallery, farm stands and shops, a hair salon and rumours of secret moonshine down a hidden alleyway. During the day at The Village you could visit a fortune telling DJ, buy a leather beard that is also a bag, or a slice from a pie that looks like a birds nest, during the night the Village square filled up to watch the nightly Vaudeville show and dance the night away to live music.
In spring of 2011, having received funding from The Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Foundation, the Dusty Flowerpot
Cabaret produced Hard Times Hit Parade, a theatrical re-enactment of a depression-era dance marathon, incorporating swing dance, puppetry, clown, video and live music. The show’s multi-character narrative weaves together stories of competing couples with central themes of social justice, economic hardship, and honesty as entertainment. The show’s month-long run resulted in over 2,200 audience an many sold out shows and brought out the Vancouver swing dancing community to keep the parties swinging all night long.
The production was nominated for Critic's Choice at Vancouver's Jessie Theatre Awards.
Partnering with Made in BC – Dance on Tour, Hard Times Hit Parade toured BC and presented in Golden, Kelowna, Courtenay, and Maple Ridge in January, 2012. As part of this tour, community clown and dance workshops were hosted and participants were invited to enter the dance marathon as competitors for the first act.
With support from BravoFACT, a short film of Hard Times Hit Parade was produced and a feature length version is currently in post-production.
Since 2010 The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret has been co-producing Commercial Drive's beloved halloween street party, 'The Parade of Lost Souls' alongisde Public Dreams. As of 2014, after the dissolution of Public Dream Society the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is continuing to run the Parade and keep the tradition alive.
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret continues to innovate and perform and expand their reach. They are currently in pre-production for new original full length-theatre pieces, finishing up post production on a film, producing festivals and always on the lookout for chances to perform and great events to be involved with.
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