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.