SIFA 2021

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Multi-disciplinary Art

The Invisible Opera

Sophia Brous (Australia)

Event is cancelled

  • 6 – 8 Aug 2021

    6 - 8 Aug
    6pm & 7pm

    In-venue: Funan Mall Atrium Steps
  • Free with registration

  • 40m

    Admission for audience age 13 years and above

    Performed in English

    Audience members are recommended to dress comfortably.

    Due to the nature of the performance, latecomers will not be admitted.

    To experience the work, patrons are required to bring their own earphones/headphones and a smartphone that enables audio streaming.

  • Important Information for attendees of the live performance

    Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons.

    This includes but not limited to wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, hand sanitization before and after performance, temperature taking,TraceTogether check-in and observance of social distancing around the theatre.

    Failure to comply will result in refusal of entry into the venue. Please note that admission into the venue requires TraceTogether (TT). Do download the TT app on your mobile and set it up beforehand, or bring along your TT token for check-in at the venue. No other check-in modes will be accepted. We regret that patrons without TT at the entrances will be denied entry.

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Multi-disciplinary Art

The Invisible Opera

Sophia Brous (Australia)

A contemporary, public performance where the city takes centre stage, The Invisible Opera brings the world premiere of its first remote edition to SIFA 2021. 

Set in a bustling square of a city centre, The Invisible Opera invites a solo observer to witness what we see and do not see in our public environment. 

Unfolding as a hypnotic observation of the sounds and patterns of everyday life, The Invisible Opera  gradually leads us to see the city – and our role within it – in a completely new light. 

Created by Australian multidisciplinary performer Sophia Brous, with award-winning performance-makers Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch and US choreographer Faye Driscoll, The Invisible Opera presents the first iteration of its remote edition, in its world premiere at SIFA 2021. 

Performed entirely remotely as a live theatrical encounter, The Invisible Opera features immersive sound design, electroacoustic orchestration and live vocal performance. The performance will be beamed in from Australia through a network of CCTV cameras and hidden microphones that map each movement of the square in real-time. 

It follows a live libretto sung by a mellifluous security camera, describing each of the actions, objects and experiences happening in a city square in real-time. From the people, buildings, bodies and behaviours, to the unseen forces of private interest, real estate, surveillance and city planning, the performance choreographs the space into a kind of manufactured spectacle. 

Ground-breaking and surprising, The Invisible Opera invites you step into a new experience of the city we call home. 



By Sophia Brous

Created with Lara Thoms, Faye Driscoll and Samara Hersch  

Lead Artist & Performer: Sophia Brous 

Co-Directors: Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch 

Dramaturg: Faye Driscoll 

Sound Design: Tilman Robinson 

Co-Sound Design: Jeffrey Yue (Ctrl Fre@k)

Composer: John Also Bennett 

Production Coordinator: Cassandra Fumi 

Producer: Freya Waterson 

The Invisible Opera was created through the support of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australia Council of the Arts.  

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