A match lit.
A knife sharpened.
The ‘thud’ of the refrigerator door swinging closed.
Cutlery scraping on plates.
A kettle coming to the boil; a pouring of hot water.
[From a recipe book] the following mixtures may be used … from three quarters of an hour to one and a half hours, depending … cool slowly, and allow to become nearly cold before turning out … sugar to taste.
Sugar to taste.
The dragging of wooden chairs on a wooden floor. Sweeping.
The folding of an open newspaper.
A hard scrubbing, for example with steel wool. …
A family home on historic Ruckers Hill. Please, sit down, make yourself at home. Welcome to Dwelling Structure: An Opera in 8 Time Use Episodes, where—to borrow from Emily Dickinson—you will dwell in possibility, a doorless house. Abstractions of statistical reasoning are transformed into an aural architecture. Perceptive listening yields intuitions about the building as a cosmos of worlds both human and natural: the worlds of its past tenants, neighbours and present inhabitants; people and events who come to memory within its walls.
‘To dwell has a sense for me like when you see the water coming up in the river to the surface, and making its current form disappear. “Dwelling” to me has some sort of sense of the welling up of time, and time spent in a place.’ Richard Leplastrier
- Creators & Performers Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
- Libretto Cynthia Troup
- Visual Assemblage Neil Thomas
- Neighbourly Interruptions The Suitcase Royale
Press & Reviews
- 26–28 May: Melbourne, private house, Northcote, part of the 2011 Chamber Made Opera Living Room Opera series
Dwelling Structure broadsheet (including libretto, program note & bibliography, interview),
Chamber Made Opera, The Edge, no. 2 (2011), n. p; read here
Anderson, Gary, ‘Dwelling Structure’ [review], ArtsHub, 3 June 2011; read here
Cormack, Bridget, ‘At Home for Domestic Drama’, The Australian, 23 May 2011
Croggon, Alison, ‘Review: Dwelling Structure’, Theatre Notes, 3 June 2011; read here
Maney, David, ‘Dwelling Structure: Chamber Made Opera’ [review], Theatre Burger, 29 May 2011; read here
Shepherd, Tony and Lionel Curtis, ‘Dwelling Structure in 8 Episodes by Chamber Made Opera’ [review], The Opera Boys, 27 May 2011