Chamber Made Opera


Meat Market | Arts House
Office 22
44 Courtney Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051 Australia


PO Box 302
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051 Australia


+61 3 9090 7095


10am - 6pm
Monday - Thursday
Another Other
The Venny Project
Another Other
The Venny Project

Another Other

Presented by Chamber Made Opera in collaboration with Punctum and the New Music Network.

5 December 2014, 2:30PM & 7PM
7 December 2014, 3PM

Venue: Punctum's ICU, 1 Halford Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Tickets: $10 (full) & $5 (concession)

Created and performed by Erkki Veltheim, Sabina Maselli, Natasha Anderson and Anthony Pateras, with dramaturgical assistance by Jude Anderson.
Production manager/audio: Byron Scullin

Commissioned by Chamber Made Opera with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Sue Kirkham and Charles Davidson.

In his 1965 essay Snakeskin, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman compared art to a snakeskin full of ants; long dead, devoid of poison, yet feverishly animated by scavengers. Out of this pessimistic view was born his 1966 film Persona, which addresses the vampyric relationship between art and reality, and questions the idea of an authentic self by suggesting that our identities are interchangable and contingent, like masks to be worn and discarded. 50 years on, doubts about art's relevance haven't diminished, and in the digital age of online avatars and multiple screen selves, the issue of a fragmented identity is all the more present.

Another Other transplants a radical, layered re-reading of these themes over the structure of Persona, in an audiovisual performance that fuses elements of experimental opera, electroacoustic sound installation and expanded cinema. It eschews narrative for formal interplay of sound and vision, imagining each as a 'character', and inserts the spectator within the work to create an environment of imposed, disorientating intimacy. In cannibalising the temporal framework of the original film whilst shedding its dramatic content, Another Other highlights the operations of the various masks, screens and skins that serve as ambiguous markers of our identity. Through moments of darkness, silence and sensory overload, it fluctuates between speculative self-reflection and the ecstatic saturation of sound and image that characterises contemporary media society. Somewhere between utopia, dystopia, tribute and critique, Another Other presents a shaking of the illusion of the self as by turns an unsettling and darkly comical, but above all a physical, experience.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

Chamber Made Opera is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Punctum is supported by the Victorian government through Arts Victoria, the Mount Alexander Shire Council, the City of Greater Bendigo, Workspace Australia and the Australian Council for the Arts.

Photo credit: Sabina Maselli

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The Venny Project

Friday 21 November 2014

Stories from the Suitcase
Venue: The Venny (The Kensington Adventure Playground)
JJ Holland Park, Kensington Road, Kensington
(right next door to the Community Recreation Centre)
Tickets: Free, but bookings are essential

Chamber Made Opera is passionate about expanding people's notions of opera, and demonstrating ways in which contemporary performance can change the way one thinks. The Kensington Adventure Playground, known as The Venny, provides children and their families from the local area, including many from nearby Public Housing, with a communal backyard. It's a safe place for children to play, learn and hang out together.

This is the third year that Chamber Made Opera have collaborated with the children of The Venny. In 2012, there was Lost and Found, a music theatre adventure inspired by the children's lives, and in 2013, there was From Here To There developed around the theme of 'journeys'.

This year, our Artistic Associates Sarah Kriegler and Christie Stott, along with Danni von der Borch and Enio Pozzebon, have worked with the children on a weekly basis to devise and create a series of short silent films. Stories from the Suitcase will have a public screening on Friday 21st November and will be accompanied live by the children performing the film's score and foley soundtrack.

The event will be followed by a Community party. All attendees are invited to join us for nibbles and Somali tea.
Please wear sensible shoes (i.e. no high heels)!

The Venny Project in 2014 is supported by The Hugh Williamson Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Chamber Made Opera is assisted by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Photo credit: Daisy Noyes

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