Welcome to Dwelling Structure: An Opera in 8 Time Use Episodes
“ ... if you think about words for house—other than ‘house’ itself, and other than home—you would say, ok then, what about ‘abode’; ‘this is my abode’. Abode, abide, to bide, to use time, to spend time. When you talk about an ‘abode’ you are not just talking about a physical form of house, you are talking about a very particular place where you spend time. What about ‘dwelling’? To dwell has a sense for me like when you see the water coming up in the river to the surface, and making its current form disappear. ‘Dwelling’ to me has some sort of sense of the welling up of time, and time spent in a place.”
'... perhaps the most beautifully judged site-specific work I have seen... By the end, I felt exactly the kind of effect that Octavio Paz claims for poetry - that it takes you from silence to silence, but by the end the silence has changed. It is mysteriously joyous, and profoundly beautiful.'
Alison Croggon, theatrenotes
'A subtle and important achievement pushing the edges of the form in all the right ways.'
Created by Madeleine Flynn And Tim Humphrey
with libretto by Cynthia Troup
Visual Assemblage: Neil Thomas
...and neighbourly interruptions by The Suitcase Royale
“Almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trench-coated out of an alley with some sort of ‘psst’ that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer
David Foster Wallace
REVIEWS AND WRITINGS
"Ironically set in an old Northcote music-hall, this “sound-scape with figures” production (scarily) reminded me of a petty-criminal friend who would break into and rob people’s houses, shower, cook a meal, take a nap and even swim in their pool if they had one."
The Opera Boys
"It was only a night later that I had a visceral response: a dream in which my house was alive and wielding knives!"
David Maney, blogger: trip the light fantastick (sic)
For opera aficionados out there, I'm confident you will love this, however if you're a novice like me, or you just like female sopranos, you might want to do some research first.
Leila @ Theatre Alive