This Extended Schools Residency was supported by Arts Victoria. Arena's House of Dreaming became an immersive creative development inspired by imagery, sounds and stories of the dreams of the Diggers Rest children.
Over the duration of the project, the children learned about houses and house design, played theatre games, lay on the floor and listened to atmospheric music and then talked about the pictures it made in their minds. They imagined what would populate a 'dream house' and then drew their designs in real scale on the school quadrangle. The children's stories were gathered, shaped and provided the content for a walk-through House of Dreaming prototype installed in the school. Arena has built on that prototype to create a professionally mounted House of Dreaming performance which will tour throughout Australia.
More information is available through Arts Victoria at: arts.vic.gov.au/Research_and_Resources/Resources/Great_Partnerships/Projects/The_House_of_Dreaming
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