About

DopoLavoro TeatraleAudience Specific Theatre 

DLT (DopoLavoroTeatrale) is an international company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy by Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini. Based in Toronto, Canada since 2012, DLT is dedicated to innovative and experimental multi-disciplinary artistic practices. The audience has always played a pivotal role in our work and DLT has continuously explored the relationship between artist and spectator. Productions have grown from theatre shows and installations to fully interactive, urban-immersive creations designed to give a single audience member an active role inside a dramatic structure.

Past credits include K.i.t.e_ at (Festival Fabbrica Europa) Every Time You Stretch Your Arms, (Festival Natura Dei Teatri) Pane e Pupazzi (winner of “Emergenze Creative2008″), 2941 (Zoom Festival), ll Grattacielo Sullo Spillo (based on Antonio Gransci’s life and toured Prato, Florence, Bologna, Benevento, Naples).

In 2012 the company relocated to Toronto, Canada where Daniele Bartolini met now core members Rory de Brouwer and Danya Buonastella. The company presented their first fully immersive creation, Midway Along the Journey of Our Life at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2013. In February 2014, The Bata Shoe Museum commissioned to DLT to create The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S., an original site-specific creation. In April 2014 the company toured Midway in St. Catharines, Ontario at In The Soil Arts Festival. In August 2014 the company presented the critically acclaimed The Stranger, (Outstanding Ensemble, Production and Direction from Now Magazine) at SummerWorks 2014, and returned to SummerWorks 2015 as part of the Special Presentation Series. In May 2015 DLT received a new commission from the Bata Shoe Museum and created two interactive art shows to commemorate the museum’s 20th Anniversary. The Stranger has been presented at Vancouver’s at rEvolver Festival and in Mumbai, India in 2015. DLT premiered That Ugly Mess That Happened in St. Catharines at the 2016 In The Soil Arts Festival this past April, Off Limits Zone at the Luminato Festival in Toronto in June 2016, and brought The Stranger to the Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro, Italy in July 2016.

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Daniele Bartolini is a director, installation artist, playwright and performer born in Florence, Italy. He is a graduate of Production and Management for Performing Arts from the University of Florence and throughout his career has collaborated with some of the leading italian companies and artists. Selected performances and art shows include: Ubu Roi (Award Winner of Best Production at PremioGirula 2006), Progetto PPP (by Letizia Russo and Cristina Pezzoli), Every Time you Stretch Your Arms… (Festival Natura Dei Teatri). In 2006, he co-founded DopoLavoroTeatrale where he is the Artistic Director. DLT Highlights: Pane e Pupazzi (winner of Emergenze Creative 2008), 2941 (Zoon Festival) Il Gratticielo Sullo Spillo (based on the life of Antonio Gramsci and toured Prato, Florence, Bologna, Benevento and Naples). In 2009, he was a guest instructor for Producing and Directing at the University of Florence. In 2010, he created the interactive installation K.i.t.e._Ambiente Di Avvio Odissea for the International Festival Fabbrica Europa. In 2010/2011, he attended the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. In July 2012, he moved to Toronto. In February 2013, Daniele performed in the BadNewDays production, Shostakovich, Or Three Days In Red. In August 2013, he premiered his first interactive creation in Toronto, Midway Along the Journey of Our Life, at the SummerWorks Performance Festival. The show had a sold out run. In February 2014, Daniele was commissioned by the Bata Shoe Museum to create The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S., an original site specific creation for the four galleries of the museum. The show had a sold out and extended run. In April 2014, he toured Midway to St. Catharines for the In The Soil Arts Festival. In August 2014, he premiered The Stranger at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, which returned as part of the Special Presentation Series in 2015. In April 2015, Daniele was commissioned to create two original interactive art shows to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Bata Shoe Museum.The Stranger has been presented at Vancouver’s at rEvolver Festival and in Mumbai, India in 2015. Daniele premiered That Ugly Mess That Happened in St. Catharines at the 2016 In The Soil Arts Festival this past April, Off Limits Zone at the Luminato Festival in Toronto in June 2016, and brought The Stranger to the Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro, Italy in July 2016.

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Danya Buonastella is a core member of DopoLavoroTeatrale (since 2012). She is the co-creator and performer in Midway Along the Journey of Our Life, (SummerWorks, 2013), The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S. (Bata Shoe Museum 2014), Bata 20th Anniversary (Bata Shoe Museum), the critically acclaimed The Stranger (SummerWorks 2014, SummerWorks 2015, Kilowatt Festival Italy 2016) and OFF LIMITS ZONE that premiered at the Luminato Festival in 2016. Danya is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France) and of the Humber Theatre Performance Program (Toronto, 2008). She is the co-creator and performer in Death Married My Daughter and The Assholes (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). She has also worked several theatre companies in Toronto including Common Boots (formerly Theatre Columbus), Bad New Days and has appeared in several television shows and short films.

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Rory de Brouwer is a graduate of Humber Theatre for the Performing Arts program and a former member of the Kadozuke Kollektif, working under Tatiana Jennings year round for almost four years. During that time he co-created and performed in Figaro; His Marriage & the Fine Art of Dressmaking, Codex Nocturno, Richard III as well as the Nuit Blanche art installation And When I Look In His Eyes, It’s Not His Eyes That I See. He is also a regular performer with Toronto’s TheatreLab, performing in two original pieces written and directed by Omar Hady including Smother, 2012 and To The Last Cry, 2013. Rory is also interested in film and has co-written and produced several micro shorts including Life Is Not All Beer and Skittles and Fred Wilson Teaches you How: Meeting Girls. Midway Along the Journey of Our Life (SummerWorks 2013) was Rory’s first project with DLT and he has since performed in The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S. (Bata Shoe Museum), and the critically acclaimed The Stranger (SummerWorks 2014 and 2015, rEvolver 2015).

Nicole Dufoe holds a MA in Literature from the University of Toronto, and works as a writer and editor of academic and creative writing, with a particular interest in screenplay development. Nicole was a dramaturg, collaborator and sometimes performer in DopoLavoroTeatrale’s The Stranger (SummerWorks 2014, SummerWorks 2015), That Ugly Mess that Happened in St. Catharines (In The Soil Festival 2016) and Off Limits Zone (Luminato 2016).

ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS

Chiara Fontanella was born in Florence, Italy. She’s a cultural manager and theatre creator. During her Performance Arts Management studies at the University of Florence, she co-founded DopoLavoroTeatrale. Along with the activity with her theatre company, she has collaborated with many different festivals and organizations such as Fabbrica Europa International Festival, Virgilio Sieni Dance Company, Festival del Viaggio, Festival dei Popoli- International Documentary Film Festival. In 2008, she was in the producing team of C Venus at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2009, she was a tour manager for Jack and Joe Theatre Company (Poland, Switzerland and Siberia). In November 2010, she moved to London where she worked as a production assistant at The Arcola Theatre and collaborated with other cultural independent associations as a stage manager and costume designer. Currently, she is working and travelling between Florence and Toronto, and is one of the co-creators and stage manager of Midway Along the Journey of Our Life and The Stranger. Chiara is also studying and developing a strong interest in fashion and photography. After a course in “Costume Design for Theatre and Screen” at Central Saint Martin’s School in London, she enhanced her passion for props and costumes. She was recently involved as a costume designer for a videoclip for which she also worked as a backstage photographer. Many of her pictures have been used as promotional material for many festivals and the shows’ advertising campaigns.

Matteo Ciardi is a sound designer and musician born in Florence, Italy. He began studying music at the age of ten at Atheneum Musicale Fiorentino with Federico Poli (Yamaha Artists). By the age of sixteen, he was organizing independent concerts for private parties and school functions. He quickly became interested in sound engineering and mixing, and he and his former Rock/Pop band recorded their first album. He is a co-founder, sound engineer and sound designer for DopoLavoroTeatrale. He is also a graduate of the Performing Arts Management program at the University of Florence. In the past nine years, he has worked with various theatre companies including Fabbrica Europa International Festival (Sound Designer), Estate Fiesolana Festival (Resident Sound Designer), Krypton Theatre Company (Sound Designer, Jack and Joe Theatre (Sound Designer), Pippo Pollina (Live Sound Engineer), International Totales Theatre- Berlin and Omikron Audio and Light Rental Company (Monotor/Fog Engineer). In 2009, he started to collaborate with The Virgilio Sieni Dance Company as a sound engineer and designer where he toured Korea, France, Germany, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Russia as well as Canada at the Canadian Stage in Toronto. He founded Dogsound Studio, a recording and producing studio and plays the drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

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