Fusing experimental opera, expanded cinema, sound art and installation, Another Other is a 79 minute multimedia performance created by four of Australia’s leading experimental artists: Erkki Veltheim, Sabina Maselli, Natasha Anderson and Anthony Pateras.
Investigating the nature of identity and experimenting with the relationships between performers, audience and space, Another Other manipulates perception creating an intimate multi-sensory experience for audiences, who are mirrored in traverse of the performance area. Through moments of darkness, silence and sensory overload, the audience moves between speculative self-reflection and losing themselves in the ecstatic saturation of contemporary media society.
An unsettling, darkly comical and visceral live performance work, Chamber Made Opera artistic associate, Erkki Veltheim, explains that Bergman questioned the idea of an authentic self by suggesting that our identities are interchangeable and contingent – like masks to be worn and discarded, “Now, fifty years later, in the digital age of online avatars and multiple screen selves, the issue of a fragmented identity is all the more present.”
“An exploration of our digital age, which enables various online selves, our gaming skins and the smiling veneer of busy loneliness that they project … hyper-expanded cinematic experience [that] shows our mental life to be a complicated mesh of meaning, open to interpretation.” – RealTime
A screening of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966) will take place at the Meat Market on Saturday 20 February at 5.00pm. The screening offers the audience an opportunity to dive deeper into this key source material before the 8.00pm performance – the screening is free, but bookings are essential.
Creators / Performers: Erkki Veltheim, Sabina Maselli, Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras Dramaturgical Assistance: Jude Anderson Production Management / Audio: Byron Scullin Lighting Design: Jenny Hector Technical Supervision: Marco Cher-Gibard
Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Season: 18 – 21 February 2016
For more information, visit: www.chambermadeopera.com for details.
Image: Chamber Made Opera’s Another Other – photo by Nina Gilbert