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FLUX is a new non-linear opera combining art, music, nature and technology, exploring the emotional and physical quality of vocal sounds through an abstract narrative delivered exclusively in vowels. Set in the iconic 17th century Steintheater in Salzburg, FLUX uses the forest-hidden oasis as a 360 degree multi-sensory canvas to depict a universal journey of human passion.
Historically, opera has served as a reflection of who we are, how we relate to others, and what it means, collectively and individually, to be human. FLUX is an attempt to expand on this by going beyond the conventional compositional and exhibitional barriers of musical theatre - and focusing on this deep rooted human connection.
Jointly produced by MASCHINN and TRIADIC, FLUX is a one act non-linear opera that experiments with definitions of performance, sound and space through abstraction and linguistic primitivism. By carrying these ideas into the 21st Century, we aim 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. Similar to the interconnected web in which we find ourselves today, FLUX engages all the senses through elements of sound, sculpture, painting, language, dance, poetry and instrumentalists - constantly coming into interwoven contact with one another. In contrast to classical opera, this piece was not written for a contained viewing area, but rather, uses the composition’s electroacoustic nature and multi-levelled live vocals, as means to enable the audience to meander through the abstract narrative. At the heart of the piece is human passion, our emotional awareness, and the power and channelling of the body through vocalisations, noise, or silence. Audiences will have to navigate through the forest and within the enclosure to fully experience the piece’s physical nature. This untraditional journey serves as a backbone to the innovative combination of artistic disciplines in the work.
FLUX is relevant today as it draws a parallel between a preliterate time, and the current age of information overload. Today’s increasingly heavy modes of communication have led to the breakdown of language, in which, similarly to the prehistoric era, image and emotion take hold over the spoken word. It critiques our rapidly shifting detached state of mind, but also reflects on the impact that technology holds on the future of our shared communal experience.
By traversing through language then and now, we are able to reflect on this cycle, but more importantly look to question what communication and connection will look like in the future. Supported by a conceptual narrative similarly deconstructing the idea of plot, FLUX aims at being a pioneering work, exploring the emotional and physical quality of vocal sounds in relation to performance and narrative.
To support FLUX is to endorse innovation and go beyond boundaries. Ours is an opera of all languages, and, thus, of ideas, values and emotions -- the hardware of being human.