Madeleine Flynn, Erkki Veltheim Robin Fox, Georgie Darvidis -_Image Pier Carthew

Science fiction hyper-amplified into alluring instrumental illusions 

Chamber Made presents the premiere of Diaspora, a digital dream where machines and technology enable the promise of utopia presented through the collision of audio, projection, illusion and lasers. Diaspora is a visual symphony for machines, violin, voice, ondes musicales and theremin.

It has been created by Robin Fox with a team of some of Australia’s most admired music and sound innovators including; Tamara Saulwick, Erkki Veltheim, Madeleine Flynn and Georgina DarvidisInspired by the concepts found in the first chapter of Australian author Greg Egan’s legendary science fiction masterpiece of the same name, Diaspora is an abstract reading of the birth of a digital life-form. 

The majestic and futuristic Diaspora design will transform The SUBSTATION to house the extraordinary musicians tasked with sonifying the complex and multi-layered aspects of a digital life-form. Featuring reimagined projection technologies developed by Fox along with video artist and system designer Nick Roux, Diaspora will illuminate hologram-like illusions by bouncing images off perspex surfaces to create virtual performers in the space.

Some of the projections in Diaspora are inspired by an old theatrical illusion technique known as Pepper’s ghost, where the reflection of an off-stage performer was lit and bounced on stage. As well as the projection and textual inspirations, Diaspora will echo aspects of the past to imagine a future through the extraordinary old school sound and music effects using instruments like the theremin, ondes musicales and Moog synthesizer.

Chamber Made Artistic Director, Tamara Saulwick, explains that Diaspora continues the company’s commitment to creating new works at the nexus of performance, sound and music. Diaspora has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and also assisted by the Besen Family Foundation, Lucy Guerin Inc, The SUBSTATION and the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.

Concept, creation, composition, electronics and lasers: Robin Fox 
Co-composition and violin: Erkki Veltheim 
Co-direction and dramaturg: Tamara Saulwick 
Ondes musicales and Moog synth: Madeleine Flynn 
Vocals and theremin: Georgina Darvidis 
Video art and system design: Nick Roux 
Lighting design: Amelia Lever-Davidson 
Costume design: Shio Otani

Season: 3 – 6 October 2019 
Times: 8pm Thu – Sat, 2pm Sat – Sun 
Duration: 60 minutes 
Location: The SUBSTATION, 1 Market Street, Newport
Tickets: $29 – $39  
Bookings: Melbourne Festival

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