'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.'
In second self, Rubiks Collective takes a journey to the other side of the looking glass, where the boundaries between the public and private, the sane and the mad, the truth and the mask melt away. Who are you, and who do you want to be?
A study of how we understand ourselves and others, second self takes us from the golden age of Hollywood to notorious psychological experiments as identities multiply, transform, evolve, seduce and deceive. Special guest mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean joins Rubiks for this deliriously alluring program, featuring the Australian premieres of works by Jacob TV, David Bird, Missy Mazzoli and Andy Akiho.
Jacob TV – Able to Be (2005) *Australian Premiere
Missy Mazzoli – A Thousand Tongues (2009) *Australian Premiere
Donnacha Dennehy – Stainless Staining (2007)
David Bird- Series Imposture (2013) * Australian Premiere
Andy Akiho- NO One to kNOW One (2010) * Australian Premiere
Tickets $20/$15 concession
In recognition of the current collisions faced between the natural world and modern technology Rubiks present songbirdsongs, a program comprising of two newly commissioned works for solo instrument and electronics from two of Australia’s most exciting emerging composers, and the Australian premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’ seminal work ‘songbirdsongs’
Adams has spoken at length about the intimate relationship between his music and the landscape of Alaska, where he lived and worked for more than thirty years, and this piece is a study of both birdsong and the spontaneous sounds and rhythms found in nature.
John Luther Adams - songbirdsongs (1974-1980) *Australian Premiere
Jacob Abela – gonzo (I want more from you) (2016) **World Premiere
Chris Williams – among the silent trees (2016) **World Premiere
Tickets available online:$15 Full/$10 Concession
Rubiks encourage audience members to support a 'paper-free' event, and recommend bringing your ticket along for presentation on your smartphone!
This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.
In anticipation of the Winter Solstice, Rubiks present an evening featuring Donatoni’s sparkling Ave and the Australian premieres of major works by two Pulitzer Prize winning composers: Julia Wolfe’s intensely virtuosic Singing in the dead of night, and David Lang’s haunting song cycle, death speaks. Evoking the stillness of cold winter nights and the hopeful promise of spring, The cold earth slept below celebrates the fragility and resilience of life.
Ave (1987) by Franco Donatoni
Singing in the dead of the night (2008) by Julia Wolfe (Australian Premiere)
Music for Sarah VI (1981) by John Fonville
death speaks (2012) by David Lang (Australian Premiere)
Rubiks feature as part of the Kew Court House, Future Classic series. Tickets available online:$25 Full/$21 Concession
The University of Melbourne's New Music Studio welcome Rubiks Collective to present the music and animation of Marcus Fjellström.
Klavierbuch #1 (2015, Australian premiere)
Odboy and Erordog Suite (2009-12)
Alchemist Dances (2012)
Imaginarium (2011, Australian premiere)
FREE EVENT, no booking required
Rubiks joins forces with Forest Collective as Ensemble in Residence to present an evening of colourfully virtuosic music, featuring Luciano Berio's Folk Songs (1964) and Sequenza V (1998), Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? and a world premiere by Michael Bakrnčev.
$38, $28 concession, $15 Under 15 year olds
From the evanescent fluttering and luminous chimes of young Australian composer Samuel Smith’s things are become new to the boisterous rhythms of Donnacha Dennehy’s Glamour Sleeper for quartet and electronics, this concert will inspire audiences to see classical music in a whole new light.
things are become new - Samuel Smith
Steelworks - Anna Clyne
Sept Papillons - Kaija Saariaho
Odboy and Erordog Chamber Suite -Marcus Fjellström (Episodes 2 and 3)
Glamour Sleeper II - Donnacha Dennehy
Rubik’s Collective joins forces with Forest Collective for Metropolis New Music Festival 2015, performing a multi-layered program spanning film and new music.
Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström combines three ingredients from his childhood (cartoons, computer games and nightmares) to write, compose, create and animate the story of Odboy and Erordog (2012). Experimental, dark and filled with intrigue, the story follows a boy and his dog who embark on a black and white adventure.
Odboy and Erordog (2012) Australian premiere Film and Music -Marcus Fjellström
Moonfall (1987/2015) in a new arrangement by Evan Lawson, Soprano Solo Rosemary Ball
Orpheus and the Cave (2015) World premiere Evan Lawson Soprano Solos Rosemary Ball and Teresa Duddy