Inverted Operas / 2017-19 / with David Helbich and Rosario Talevi

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Inverted Operas was a commission for Playsonic, a festival at Alte Oper investigating the overlap between games and music. I worked alongside architect Rosario Talevi and composer David Helbich to develop an interactive performance that filled the square outside the Alte Oper.

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Visitors to the square found moveable mirrored sculptures inspired by elements of the opera house’s interior decoration; performers with many different instruments; and cards that they could use to guide them. Each card provided a suggestion of a different way to observe or add to the music (and to the ambient noise of the square, which formed a key part of the piece). Players listened and took part for as long as they liked, exchanging cards with facilitators and other players until they chose to move on.

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A version of Inverted Operas has been developed further, led by David Helbich, and run at other events as Listening Automat.