A NEW INNOVATION HUB – SOUTH BANK
As boundaries between artforms dissolve, the OperaQ Studio provides a creative space to explore new ideas, develop new works and skills and expand horizons through creative adventures with leading artists and companies working in genres beyond opera. In July 2013 everyone at OperaQ was incredibly proud to present the premiere of Abandon, a collaborative new work and one of the first major projects from our OperaQ Studio. It involved some outstanding artistic leaders including Raewyn Hill from Dancenorth and classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb. It was a stunning fusion of baroque opera and contemporary physical theatre. But even more importantly, it was a vehicle that allowed our young and emerging artists to immerse themselves in the creation of new work and take a leading performing role. In February 2014 Abandon made its Brisbane debut as part of the World Theatre Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Skills development for non-performance artists
OperaQ Studio also plays an important role in creating skills development opportunities for non-performing artists. For 400 years opera has been on the cutting edge of design, technology, dance and lighting, and in the contemporary arts landscape still offers thrilling theatrical scope, generally to artists of all genres who are attracted to the large gesture and extremity of opera.