Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Theatre of Great Britain present
War Horse & the Breath of Life
The Magic of Puppetry Revealed
War Horse and the Breath of Life is an exhibition celebrating the art of puppetry developed with The National Theatre of Great Britain to accompany Art Centre Melbourne’s Australian premiere season of War Horse.
The exhibition brings together the best elements of the National Theatre’s exhibition Staging War Horse, displayed alongside examples of contemporary Australian puppetry from Arts Centre Melbourne’s performing Arts Collection and Melbourne’s visual theatre companies.
Puppets, animatronic creatures, costumes, props, photographs, original designs and a short film programme explore how puppets are brought to life by artists, designers, puppeteers and actors.
The exhibition features on loan items including the five-metre long raptor from local workshop The Creature Technology Company which has created the dinosaurs from Walking with Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular and is the largest animatronics workshop in the world.
Other highlights include puppets and props from Handspan Theatre Company such as Frida Kahlo from Viva La Vida and macabre masks from Dante… Through The Invisible, a Vivien Leigh doll as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind by renowned Australian theatre designer Anne Fraser, Punch and Judy hand puppets, ventriloquist dolls and puppets from The Grimstones created by writer and puppeteer Asphyxia, and much more.
A selection of works of art also illustrates the actual and symbolic role of horses in war.