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ArtMusic Awards * Screen Announcement 2013

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CONFINED @ APRA|AMCOS : Art Music Awards 2013

CONFINED is a finalist in the 2013 ArtMusic Awards – Award for Excellence in a Regional Area. Writing, performing and producing a work of scale in remote Australia created a range of opportunities, as much as it did challenges, that … Continue reading

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Echo’s Ascent

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Echo’s Lament

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Viper Island Gaol, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Viper Gaol, Viper Island

I recently visited Viper Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to see the ruins of a gallows atop a hillock. The Viper Island Gaol was abandoned when the Cellular Gaol was constructed in 1906. Solitary cells, lock-ups, stocks and whipping … Continue reading

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Bharat Rang Mahotsav Theatre Festival, Delhi, India

January 7, 2013. Dedicated to Amanat, RIP. Confined was invited to be a part of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav Theatre Festival 2013 program. The largest theatre festival in Asia, the Indian Festival hosts both national and international works in Delhi, … Continue reading

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Old Cellular Gaol, Port Blair – Andaman and Nicobar Islands

In November 2012 I traveled with my 4 year daughter to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A seed of an adventure rooted in a discovery made in Darwin, earlier in the year after visiting the Fanny Bay Gaol. The Cellular Gaol, … Continue reading

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Red Box – Stage Creative Development, Sydney

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Echo

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Suicide Barbie and Costume Musing

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ConfinedOpera.com

New Website is UP ! Confinedopera.com

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Stage Creative Development

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Process and Rehearsal

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Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Sexual Assault Psychologist, Stephanie Blake (for Confined) Sexual abuse in childhood is quite possibly the most significant betrayal that a person may ever experience in their lives. In the vast majority of cases the offender is someone very close … Continue reading

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The Nightmare

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Echo’s Monologue

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Echo

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Chamber of Communicable Horror

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Installation and Performance

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The June 2012 Cast and Crew

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June 2012 Cast and Crew

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Confined June 2012 – Old Alice Springs Gaol

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Younes Bachir – ‘Confined’ Director

It is extremely exciting to have international Director Younes Bachir on the work. Younes brings a new vision to ‘Confined’ which involves him working across both the gaol and stage work. Younes arrived in Australia last week and is now … Continue reading

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These Bones – ENO Mini Script Competition

THESE BONES A 7 min monodrama and musical movement in three parts for concerto accordian, strings and solo voice. Movement One: A woman sits alone, in a bath, it is full and the water overflows and falls to the tiled covered … Continue reading

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No Camera’s Please – Contemporary Actor Training

I  had the opportunity to visit Brisbane and attend a couple of classes with Steven Mitchell Wright’s new Contemporary Actor Training program, delivered by The Danger Ensemble. It was BRUTAL, revealing and AMAZE ! I did sneak in my camera

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Voice Intensive – Margaret Schindler

Margaret Schindler – Head of Voice at the Queensland Consveratorium of Music – has been assisting me with vocal repertoire, as well as techniques to establish a framework for the breathing and support mechanisms, negotiation and consolidation of vocal registration … Continue reading

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Dramaturgical Intensive with Gayelene Carbis

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Anthropomorphism

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Random Inspiration

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At work Cell 32

From talking to the ‘lifers’ in the current Alice Springs Correctional Centre, I have discovered Cell 32 is where a definite suicide took place in the old gaol – ‘hanging’. I have been spending time in the cell working on … Continue reading

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The Nightmare

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Eating Disorder, Depression and Self-harm

Over the last few months I became aware of a young girl living in town. My interest being that I was pretty certain she was, or had been a self harmer. I to and fro’d about whether to approach her or … Continue reading

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The Surrender

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Interview with a Killer

On Wednesday 14 March I took a drive out to the Alice Springs Correctional Centre, whereby I had gained permission to interview a series of the NTs worst killers. I did not know this however, before the interview. I had not … Continue reading

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The Wild Duck

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Hearing Voices – March 2012

As part of my research and development for the libretto of ‘Confined’ and the main character Echo, I attended a two day conference ‘Voices, Conversations and Transformations’ in Melboune at RMIT. With over 320 attendees, from every state and territory in … Continue reading

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Suicide Worldwide – Deaths per minute

Every year about a million people die by suicide, which means one death every two minutes. The WHO estimates that by the year 2020, this annual toll of suicide deaths will have risen to one and a half million, and … Continue reading

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Isle of the Dead

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Contemplation

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The Suicide – Edouard Manet

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Burning Ghats Varanasi, India

I recently spent four weeks in India looking for inspiration and researching aspects of Hindu culture for Confined. I was drawn particularly to the burning ghats of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is the primary cremation ghat. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the … Continue reading

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Shameless fan photo – Me and Anthony Mannix

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Outsider Art – Art Brut

Recently Barton Staggs (Composer) and myself contacted outsider artist Anthony Mannix to discuss the possibility of using some of the material and prose from his Journals of Madman. We visited Anthony in his home in the Blue Mountains, where we … Continue reading

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Australia Council Funding

In mid to late 2012 I intend to present Confined as a multidisciplinary installation/theatre work in Alice Springs. Further to this excellent news, Confined has received Creative Development funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, through its New Territory Fund. This will … Continue reading

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Librettists Workshop, Chamber Made Opera

I recently attended a workshop for aspiring librettists and writers working in contemporary and experimental performance making with Chamber Made Opera and the Victorian Writers Centre, at the Wheeler Centre Melbourne. The workshop introduced participants to the art of writing a … Continue reading

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Andante Workshop Darwin Festival 2011

When I arrived in Darwin to participate in the the Andante Masterclass of International Performance Maker/Director/Dramaturg Younes Bachir (ex-Spanish company La Fura dels Baus), I came armed with lozenges, ginger, antibiotics, my Kobbe’s Opera compendium and of course, yoga mat. Weathered … Continue reading

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Presentation and Promotion Grant

In July 2011 the project has been awarded further monies to present and promote the work at the Old Alice Springs Gaol. Thank you Arts NT !

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Field Recording Bullet Ricochet with Barton Staggs

As part of Barton’s last visit to Alice Springs and our investigation into sound morphology the nature of musical relationships, we decided to field record bullet ricochet. Continuing down the path of exploring the potential relationship of frequencies and dominant … Continue reading

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Music NT Program Launch 2011

The Music NT Alice Springs Annual Program Launch was held on Friday April 8 in Alice Springs at Watch This Space Gallery. I performed ‘Confined’ as a concert work at the launch alongside the video work. The performance was well … Continue reading

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Performance Feedback Excerpts for Confined @ Bite Size Theatre 2011

What did you enjoy about the performance? I was very taken by the sense of being engulfed in the sound. Right from the opening, which was slightly glitchy and dischordant, my mood was affected, I was drawn in and taken. … Continue reading

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April 2011 Recording Session with Barton Staggs, Jnine Stanton and Bec Matthews

Barton revisited Alice Springs in mid April 2011 to undertake refined recording work with Jnine Stanton (musical saw) and Bec Matthews (kora and other western african instruments). Recording took place at a small studio at the old Batchelor College, run … Continue reading

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Barton revisits Alice Springs 2011

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Confined @ Bite Size Theatre Dress Rehearsal Documentation Video Extract

Aria Two Extract Dress Rehearsal Footage

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Confined @ Bite Size Theatre 2011 Dress Rehearsal Documentation

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Centralian Advocate, NT Press Picture 2011

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Bite Size Theatre 2011

Wow. Amazing. Cannot believe that I have a developmental showing of work to date. The last 6 weeks have been nothing but an enlightening and challenging time. Working embryonic concepts with local Director Kerzlake has allowed me to really engage … Continue reading

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Confined Publicity Shot

Narcissus emerges and mythically floats on the water of the Ilparpa Claypans. Her reflection mirrors into the muddy stillness, amidst the spinifex tufts with the ever watching West Macdonnell Ranges as her backdrop.

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Video Shoot at Ilparpa Claypans, NT

Myself, Darwin based video/visual artist Kieren Sanderson and local Director Kerzlake spent an afternoon at the Ilparpa Claypans gathering images and footage to use in the upcoming developmental showing of Confined for Bite Size Theatre 2011. The character Narcissus (Echo’s … Continue reading

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At work with Barton Staggs

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At work with Barton Staggs

Over the summer I spent time in Sydney working with Barton on developing out the musical score for Confined. We visited and listened to the recordings we had done earlier when he visited Alice Springs. We discussed the bigger picture … Continue reading

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The Making of a Death Mask

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Old Melbourne Gaol Visit

Recently on a trip to Melbourne I took a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol. I primarily visited due to my increasing interest in old gaols, but also to investigate the space as a future performance venue for when Confined … Continue reading

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Train Spotting and Field Recording with Barton Staggs

Let it be known that freight trains run to their own schedule. Barton and I have been  recording them in Alice Springs. Barton began on his pat malone with recording the Ghan entering and leaving Alice Springs. I joined him … Continue reading

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Early Development with Barton Staggs cont.

Monday 20th September We spent the afternoon selecting elements to bounce down for the musical saw player to record to. I have taken elements of the kora and Barton has reworked his musical door piece. We arrive on-site at 7.30pm. … Continue reading

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Early Development Composition with Barton Staggs

Barton Staggs arrives, Alice Springs, Thursday 16 September. The day is wet and wily. We spend the first couple of days installing software, identifying particular items needed for the recording and organising the studio for the work ahead. We visit … Continue reading

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Chains of Change – Old Stuart Gaol Rehearsal & Live

Sunday 12th September After celebrating Tom’s 30th Birthday, we headed to the gaol at about 10pm for a full run.  The space was quiet and still. I was locked in the front cell and Tom performed round back in the … Continue reading

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Chains of Change – Old Stuart Gaol cont.

Thursday 9th September It took a good part of the day trying to find 20 metres of mic cable with XLR tip to run between the two cells. What started with the wrong purchase at Jaycar to make our own, … Continue reading

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Chains of Change – Old Stuart Gaol

Media Artist Tom Hall is in town and we are collaborating to present an AV work at the Old Stuart Gaol. This is an exciting opportunity for some early development of ideas for ‘Confined’. We are woking alongside local historian … Continue reading

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Nodes of Steel

Task One: Go to gaol site and see if ‘trumpet’ will fit inside doorways. It became quickly apparent that early 20th century architecture failed our grandiose plans of ‘bigger is better’.  After locating all external entry/exit points, including a hole … Continue reading

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Instrument Building Day Two and a Half

From discarded junk trumpets and subs adorne/adrone. After 22 hours of instrument making my approach and understanding of music is forever changed. Metatools. Powertools. Finding. Riveting. Kicking. Bending. Cutting. Tearing. Peeling. Melding. Flowing. Shard. Spiral. Hot. It’s starting to become overwhelming … Continue reading

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Instrument Building Day One

Sunday, 9am. I picked up Steve Langton, Instrument Maker Extraordinaire, from Old East Side. For a Sunday, it has been a most productive day. We started with tea and chocolate croissants, followed by a brainstorming session, trip to the dump … Continue reading

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Bite Size Theatre

As part of an initial development phase for the compositional work and operatic monodrama of Confined, I submitted a script to the Red Dust Theatre Company (Alice Springs) production ‘Bite Size Theatre’ 2010. After receiving script development from Peter Matheson a … Continue reading

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About the work

CONFINED is a site-specific research and development project at the old Alice Springs Gaol. The work has been in progress since 2009.

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