The Creamery


The Creamery is the third work in Java’s Artisan Series.

The Artisan Series started with RISE , bread-making on a massive scale to build a community (2011), followed by The Wine Project where grapes are crushed and fermented in a bacchanalian celebration of the light and dark side of humanity (2015). The Creamery is the latest work in the Artisan Series. Cheese is made and tasted to explore rivalry, possession and passion.

“This is the full shebang. The Creamery is dance theatre, rich with conflict and all things messy.” Theatreview

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”
― Charles de Gaulle

Enter the sumptuous world of cheese-making where rivalry and passion boil over as the curds are separated from the whey. Artisans compete to win your favour with freshly made lemon ricotta, fresh herbs and steamy stirring. Live music, theatre, divine physicality and filthy tactics combine to make delicious cheese coated in red hot wax.

Artistic Director Sacha Copland researched this work in Noyers-sur-Serein with the assistance of the New Zealand France Friendship Fund as well as the Drunken Nanny in New Zealand with support from Creative New Zealand.

Choreography by Sacha Copland

Live Music by Charley Davenport and Tristan Carter

Starring Emma Coppersmith, Lauren Carr, Natalie Hona, Tristan Carter and Charley Davenport

Costume Design by Meggan Rollandi

Photography by Tom Hoyle