Little Operations are one-night-only public showings of new works in development which aim to spotlight fresh ideas. They may form part of a formalised creative development but might also be guerrilla-style micro-operas created, rehearsed and performed in one day.
Little Operations events are an opportunity for artists and groups, emerging and established, to enter into a conversation with Chamber Made Opera and our audience.
Little Operations: IVAN CHENG
Date: Thursday 25 September 2014
Place: Deakin Edge, Fed Square
Cost: Free but bookings are essential.
Co-presented with Fed Square Creative Program
EVEN! - a new work in development by Sydney-based artist Ivan Cheng - is conceived as a remount of the artist's score.
EVEN! is a restaging of a site-specific in-ear score for 100 interpreters with unknown guests and 6 year old performers. Postured as choreographic, conversational, academic, critical, historical, musical, it represents the careers of Sydney based composers James Brown, Austin Buckett, Lachlan Hughes, and Marcus Whale in a dense aggregation of dialogues. It is part of a gesamtkunstwerk about suspension commissioned by Sydney’s Carriageworks, a total artwork on the culture of genius, on gender, potential, and economy. Presented as the first Little Operation of Chamber Made Opera, EVEN! enters Deakin Edge wary of power systems, as a work that isolates the idea of collaboration or dependence.
Ivan Cheng is a Sydney based artist whose practice focuses on the damage in interpreting notation. He has presented and developed solo conceptual performance work in Europe, North America, and Australia, and has spent the past three summers at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. Recently completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is developing scores which relate to formalism and history across forms of culture, interested in the temporal act of reading and sight-reading.
Chamber Made Opera celebrates 25 years of commissioning and presenting contemporary chamber opera in 2013. To mark this milestone, 25 video interviews have been undertaken with 25 individuals involved with the company during its first quarter century.