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A Drone Opera

Matthew Sleeth

Presented in Season 2 2015

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Experimenta Media Arts

7.30pm, Thu 10 Sep
7.30pm, Fri 11 Sep
7.30pm, Sat 12 Sep
7.30pm, Sun 13 Sep
45 mins

Arts House, Meat Market
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne


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Wheelchair Accessible

Laser effects, loud music,smoke effects

A Drone Opera viscerally explores the rapidly developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, and their social and cultural impact. Artist Matthew Sleeth directs an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image

Feeling the drones’ air displacement and hearing their rotor sound, audiences will experience this robotic technology first hand, shifting their knowledge of drones from political abstraction into embodied experience in time and space.  Curious about their potential to re-shape our world, Sleeth has designed, built and programmed customised drones specifically for the performance context.

Sleeth’s largest work to date, A Drone Opera also features an inspiring line-up of collaborators, including experimental artists Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis and Susan Frykberg, lighting designer Bosco Shaw and choreographer Shelley Lasica.

Matthew Sleeth
Producer & Dramaturge:
Kate Richards
Opera Composer:
Susan Frykberg
Laser Set Designer:
Robin Fox
Sound Designer:
Phil Samartzis
Lighting Designer:
Bosco Shaw

Lloyd Hassell, Matthew Sleeth, Matthew Tynan
Technical Manager:
Bosco ShawChoreographic Consultant:

Shelley Lasic
Video Documentation:
David McKinnar
Judith Dodsworth

Image by – Matthew Sleeth