A Drone Opera at Arts House (VIC)
A Drone Opera
Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 September 2015
Arts House at Meat Market
A Drone Opera viscerally explores the rapidly developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, and their social and cultural impact. Artist Matthew Sleeth directs an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image.
Feeling the drones’ air displacement and hearing their rotor sound, audiences will experience this robotic technology first hand, shifting their knowledge of drones from political abstraction into embodied experience in time and space. Curious about their potential to re-shape our world, Sleeth has designed, built and programmed customised drones specifically for the performance context.
Sleeth’s largest work to date, A Drone Opera also features an inspiring line-up of collaborators, including experimental artists Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis and Susan Frykberg, lighting designer Bosco Shaw and choreographer Shelley Lasica.
Director: Matthew Sleeth
Producer & Dramaturge: Kate Richards
Opera Composer: Susan Frykberg
Laser Set Designer :Robin Fox
Sound Designer Phil: Samartzis
Lighting Designer: Bosco Shaw
Drones: Lloyd Hassell, Matthew Sleeth, Matthew Tynan & Roger Meagher
Technical Manager: Bosco Shaw
Choreographic Consultant: Shelley LasicA
Video Documentation: David McKinnar & Sherwin Akbarzadeh
Soprano: Judith Dodsworth
Alto Tenor: Hamish Gould
Bass-Baritone: Paul Hughe