For the first time ever, opera creators and producers KONSCHT MASCHINN
are joining forces with creative house TRIADIC
, to present FLUX - a one act non-linear opera composed by rising British talent Joel Baldwin, with a libretto sung only in vowels. Set in the iconic 17th Century Steintheater in Salzburg (famous for being the first ever opera stage outside of Italy, opening in 1617), the opera uses its natural and isolated surrounding as a multi-sensory canvas.
FLUX experiments with definitions of performance, sound and space through abstraction and linguistic primitivism. Audiences will journey through a forest, guided by sound and performance into the hidden oasis arena. By bringing together a unique group of international collaborators, we aim to create a cross-disciplinary 360 degree experience to our audiences. Four opera singers will come into dialogue with body painted performance artists, shifting sculptural staging elements, and acoustical surround sound. The production takes inspiration from Oskar Kokoschka's highly critiqued Expressionist play, Murderer, Hope of Women
(1909), as well as Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
(1983). Both works amplify emotion and action over spoken language - deconstructing its original purpose. By carrying these ideas into the 21st Century, FLUX aims to reimagine, disrupt, and expand on verbal communication as a cultural barrier. Audiences will join the performers in a physical and emotional journey through this poetic storytelling of human connectivity.