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.
Each Little Operations project will be supported through a small amount of seed funding, as well as having access to space, Chamber Made Opera staff and appropriate resources.
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! by Ivan Cheng.
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. With foundations in contemporary music performance, Cheng’s practice is score-based, manifesting in staged performances accompanied with texts, publications, workshops, lecture performances, objects, and video. He exploits the friction between individual performers and score – what isn’t notated, missing information, stylistic expectation, and different types of virtuosity.
He has been commissioned by Sydney’s Carriageworks to create a new work over three years, a proposed multi-day gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork) titled epoche-lacan-orbits. This followed an invitation to creative development at Carriageworks in 2012. In 2012 Ivan was a mentee in the Australia Council’s JUMP mentoring program, mentored by Nigel Kellaway. He was invited to be a resident at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center Summer Program (NY) in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and has since also developed work with collaborators during the year round residency program.
EVEN!, presented by Chamber Made Opera, will be Ivan’s Melbourne premiere.