Confined a new Australian Chamber Opera written over a three year period in Alice Springs, has been created around the unique vocal talents of soprano Tammy Brennan. The work is scored for solo voice and a chamber ensemble that comprises a unique blend of western and non western instruments.
Drawing on Ovid's myth, Narcissus and Echo; Confined presents an original libretto conceived, written and performed by Tammy Brennan. Directed by international performance maker Younes Bachir with music composed by Barton Staggs.
Confined follows the journey of a young woman’s descent into the underworld, as she comes to terms with the trauma of her past and consequences of irreversible action. The work presents a bold new contemporary operatic performance language exploring physical and aerial theatre with striking visual installations around the themes of trauma, sexual abuse, voice hearing, schizophrenia, depression and suicide.
A challenging and beautiful story, Confined invites conversation about difficult subjects that we often do not want to talk about. One in five Australians experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives – it is currently considered one of the biggest health challenges facing the 21st century.
Featuring excerpts from Journals of a Madman (1988 – 1992) by Anthony Mannix (Australia’s most celebrated Outsider Artist) whilst inside Gladesville and Rozelle psychiatric hospitals, Sydney, Confined traverses the state of psychosis and its landscape.
"I attempt sometimes to reproduce schizophrenia, sometimes to find an intelligible or emotionally communicable core which can be imparted to the listener.” Mannix