‘Like wine, it makes you happy, makes you laugh, makes you think.’ (Dominion Post).

The Wine Project’s characters are inspired by the reasoned order of Apollo versus the wild chaos of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine. Each character begins on a clear side but as the story progresses they are all seduced by war, order and wilderness. This dance theatre show is performed in the round on a set of delicious smelling spice and wine barrels. Inhale the scent of crushed cinnamon and star anise, see lush dance on wine barrels, hear live music and feel the power a glass of wine can hold.

Fresh from an award winning season in Edinburgh. 'Rustic and Intoxicating' **** (Broadway Baby). The Wine Project invites you into a world of intrigue and aroma, of ritual and revelry, of sex and power: “This is a dance of joy you feel to the extreme, a drama you know in your soul, a dark secret we share that you won’t admit is yours.” Theatreview, Nelson. The Wine Project is accompanied by a wine tasting, hosted by the cast. Sacha Copland began fermenting this new work in a French vineyard and now invites you to taste it.

Venue Format
Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

The Wine Project is a dance theatre show with live music. It is performed in the round. The show can be performed in a Spiegel tent, winery, hall or theatre with moveable seating with a minimum 4x4 metre performance area. Sound quality is very important. The Lighting is very simple. Cinnamon and star anise are crushed as part of the show and smell is an important element. The Wine Project contains female nudity and is an adult show. The nudity is very light and playful in tone. There is a family friendly show that accompanies The Wine Project. 'Dirt and other Delicious Ingredients' works with the same cast and set but is designed for families.

Java Dance Theatre captures audiences of all ages with visceral dance theatre that clambers into the senses and speaks to the soul. We create original dance theatre works with playful physicality, live music and full audience immersion.

“It was contagious” audience member, Festival of Colour Wanaka, The Wine Project 2015

History Founded in 2003 by artistic director Sacha Copland, Java has created 16 new works, performing to over 100,000 people in NZ, Australia and the UK. In 2016 Java’s 19th season of 'Back of the Bus' again sold out 42 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. In 2015-16 Java premiered and toured 'The Wine Project (part 2 in The Civilisation Series)' and 'Dirt and Other Delicious Ingredients', to critical acclaim, performing in Perth, Nelson, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Wanaka, Southland, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Dunedin and Edinburgh. The Wine Project recently won the Darkchat award for Best Dance in Edinburgh. Also in 2016 Java toured their interactive installation 'SENSE' to the Seoul Street Arts Festival in South Korea.

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Unique Selling Point

The Wine Project - smells delicious - is immersive without embarrassing audience members - is dance that is easy to understand and relate to - all the music is performed live - the musicians play characters in the show - is accompanied by a wine tasting - is set in the round - is performed on wine barrels - is innovative and unique - is physical story-telling - dancers play drums as part of the choreography - is a delightful world that the audience enter into

Marketing Materials

Marketing available including: marketing copy, blog copy, social media campaign, images from 3 seasons, video teasers, wine sponsorship templates, more than 10 reviews from NZ and Edinburgh. 4/5 star reviews available. The Wine Project tours as a suite with 'Dirt and other Delicious Ingredients', a show for young people. Dirt uses the same cast and set but is designed for families. It premiered as a commission for Capital E and has been performed in Perth at the Awesome Festival. The Wine Project can be marketed directly to wine clubs. Audience can choose to opt for a wine tasting package.

Community Engagement

Java's style is intimate and personal. The audience are involved in the show and have the opportunity to talk to the cast afterwards. Ongoing engagement happens through social media. The audience can take a cinnamon stick so their house can smell like the show. There is also the option of having the interactive installation 'Sense' to accompany the show. 'Sense' was developed as part of the research process and engages directly with the public who help to create a public art work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CJonMtSULI. Java can offer dance and music workshops. One of the cast is based in Brisbane and can offer follow up workshops also.