Agile Opera

Developing new operational models for performing arts organisations in Australia, especially those exploring experimental and niche artistic practice.

Anneli Bjorasen in 'Turbulence', 2013. Photo credit: Daisy Noyes

Chamber Made has partnered with RMIT University in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts and Fed Square to develop a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, investigating methods of preserving the intimacy of performance in a digital age.

Titled Agile Opera, the project’s aim is to develop new operational models for performing arts organisations in Australia, especially those exploring experimental and niche artwork.

The overarching question the project will address is how the distinctive forms of intimacy found in chamber opera can be transferred to 21st century digital formats and platforms. It will interrogate the new spatial relationships with audiences that are being created by designers, performers, composers and librettists that will challenge dominant forms of contemporary communication.

The Agile Opera project team will develop innovative and sustainable models for arts organisations by researching new production and audience paradigms for a digitally enabled society. This research will support the creation of innovative performance works, enable the engagement of new audiences, and provide outcomes that promote the sustainability of arts organisations in the digital age.

The project is based at RMIT University’s state-of-the art Design Hub. www.sial.rmit.edu.au/portfolio/agile-opera/

The project is based at RMIT University’s state-of-the art Design Hub. www.sial.rmit.edu.au/portfolio/agile-opera/