Chamber Made Opera


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Another Other © Chamber Made Opera

Another Other

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

Friday 5 December 2014, 2:30pm & 7pm
Sunday 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.

To win two tickets to see the 2:30pm performance on Friday 5 December, email with the subject line 'Another Other Giveaway' by Monday 1 December.

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