Agile Chambers

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Agile Chambers was a week-long program (7-10 December, 2016) that included interdisciplinary workshops, open labs, performances, presentations and roundtable discussions aimed at exploring digital iterations of Chamber Made performances created during the period of 2013-2016. The concept and program were developed as part of the ARC Linkage Project Agile Opera: opera in a new era. The exhibition performance event was designed to expand the existing network of Agile Opera Project participants to include invited guests and members of the public.


Agile Chambers involved the construction of two curated participatory research and development spaces: a ‘live’ space for the exploration of four spatially configured performance works, and a ‘digital platform/gallery’ space for experiencing project artefacts including: digital media assets, for performance footage, Agile Chambers ebook, podcasts, and video interviews with the key stakeholders and artists of the projects.


Chamber Made works in the exhibition included Another Other, Permission to Speak, Turbulence, Captives of the City and The Box.

Extensive details and downloads are available on the Agile Opera website here.
There are extensive images on Flickr here.
The event website is on the Design Hub website, which can be found here.
Room guides are available here.



Tuesday 6 December

6pm – 8pm – Opening celebrations
Wednesday 7 December
11am – 6pm – Turbulence Open Working Lab
12 – 2.30pm – Lunch time performance of Turbulence followed by artist talk
Composition – Juliana Hodkinson
Libretto – Cynthia Troup
Direction – David Young
Sound design – Jethro Woodward
Sound engineer/operator – Steph O’Hara
Performer (Mother) – Deborah Kayser
Performer (Daughter) –Anneli Bjorasen
Film producers – David Young and Juliana Hodkinson
Cinematography and editing – Peter Humble

Thursday 8 December

9.30am – 6pm – Microlab (not open to the public)
12.30pm-2pm – Keynote presentation (Tim Stitz, Creative Director, Chamber Made Opera in conversation with Associate Professor Lawrence Harvey and Research Associate Margaret Trail)
Friday 9 December
11am – 6pm – Permission to Speak Open Working Lab
Concept, direction, text / libretto – Tamara Saulwick
Composition, libretto, instrument design – Kate Neal
Sound design – Jethro Woodward
Performers – Georgie Darvidis, Edward Fairlie, Josh Kyle and Gian Slater


This program was part of a three year Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project between RMIT University and Chamber Made Opera in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts and Fed Square investigating ways the intimacy of live performance can be preserved across digital media.

7th to the 10th of December, 2016

RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne