2020-21 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) New Work In-Residence
The Invisible Opera is a contemporary performance work for public space.
Set in a bustling square of a city centre, the work invites a solo observer to witness what we see and do not see in our public environment.
It follows a live libretto voiced by a security camera, describing each of the actions, objects and behaviours happening in a city square in real-time – from the people, buildings and bodies, to the unseen forces of private interest, real estate, surveillance and city planning that appear to choreograph the space into a kind of manufactured spectacle.
Unfolding as a hypnotic observation of the ambient 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 celebrated performance-makers Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch and Bessie-Award winning US choreographer Faye Driscoll, the work utilises immersive sound design, electroacoustic orchestration and live vocal performance beamed in from Australia through a network of CCTV cameras and hidden microphones that map each movement of the square in real-time.
THE INVISIBLE OPERA
Lead Artist & Performer – Sophia Brous
Co-Directors – Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch
Dramaturg – Faye Driscoll
Sound Design – Tilman Robinson
Composer – John Also Bennett
Producer – Freya Waterson
Production Coordinator – Cassandra Fumi
Production Manager – Jeffrey Yue/Ctrl Freak Singapore
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
October 5, 2018