CONFINED premiered as a contemporary site specific music theatre installation on 16 June 2012, at the Old Alice Springs Gaol, to sell out audiences. CONFINED is the first chamber opera to emerge from the Northern Territory. The gaol performance involved 30 local, national and international artists. In 2013 ARPA|AMCOS recognised Producer Tammy Brennan and CONFINED, as a ‘Work of Excellence in a Regional Area‘, at the National ArtMusic Awards. Tammy Brennan is an Australian artist and independent emerging producer interested in multidisciplinary expressionistic performance making. Tammy is a trained lyric soprano with repertoire extending multiple music genres that include extended vocal techniques, jazz and cabaret.
Specialised speaker layouts, video projections, theatrical lighting, gripping sound design and physical extremes immersed and provoked the audience to travel an ageless narrative. Arresting live music performed across the old gaol site, hallucinatory visual installations, and lowly lit cells became portals into the mind of the main character Echo, and her trauma. The audience traversed a landscape of scattered old news papers, dead birds, a suicide scene, abandoned toys, a pederast father and cows huddling around fire drums as they were ushered across the six points of theatrical action. An audience of 200 experienced the work, across two back to back performances.
Kieren Sanderson – Assistant Producer for Old Alice Springs Gaol performances