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Daughters is a new piece of contemporary music being produced by Australian artist Tammy Brennan. The intimate chamber opera is currently being developed between Australia and India.

Librettist and soprano Tammy Brennan will join composer David Chisholm to write this transcendent monodrama.

The opera is a twenty-first century drama that is a collection of stories from different cultural perspectives about gender violence.

Daughters spans a massive emotional terrain where the audience enter a mythic realm engulfed by fear, condemnation, sacrifice and ritual. The story follows the thread and fragments of damage and aggression reflecting the cultural divides that exist about gender violence.

We need your help to let this story and music be heard.

  

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The Daughters Creative Team

Producer, Librettist and Performer: Tammy Brennan
Director: Anuradha Kapur
Composer: David Chisholm
Scenographer: Deepan Sivaraman
Dramaturg: Jennifer Medway
Lighting Design: Ben Hughes
Costume Design: Marty Jay
Video Design: Tim Parish

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Read the article 'Passport to the Arts' recently published in the Arts Centre Melbourne's, Encore Magazine. An interview talking about the project and recent trip to India undertaken by Tammy Brennan and David Chisholm to meet Anuradha Kapur.

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We've Made it ! Campaign Update Video. Our target was reached 23 July 2014. Additional funds will go toward other artist fees.

Daughters Opera Project Pozible Campaign Update - Thank you! from Confined Opera on Vimeo.




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Daughters Zine


As part of the research and development of this new libretto, Tammy Brennan will develop and publish a small circulation project-led zine, titled 'Daughters'.

Through the libretto research of reported news stories and personal interviews, a series of vignettes will be developed. The vignettes will be based on recounts of abuses against women; torture, mutilation, cruelty and sexual violence that resulted in coma, disability, paralysis, death or murder; stories that are horrific and easy to turn away from.

The opera zine series will discuss this research and follow the relationship of the development of the libretto text. It is an alternative to the voice of mainstream media, hysteria and stereotypes that proliferate the public sphere about gender violence.

Following the premiere of the opera, the Daughters project zine series will become a graphic novel.

Your support rewards you with a copy of the first edition of the zine.




Some Of My Previous Work

Tammy Brennan wrote, produced and performed the first chamber opera to emerge from the Northern Territory, Confined. She premiered it in Alice Springs and toured it to New Delhi, India.


It was a finalist in the 2013 APRA|AMCOS Art Music Awards, as a ‘Work of Excellence’



Award winning director Anuradha Kapur is one of India’s leading female directors. See her documentary trailer about Sundari; a play she directed that follows the life of Jayashankar, a popular female impersonator of the Gujrati stage in early 20th century Bombay.



The play traces his journey as an actor from a boy to a man and, simultaneously from a male to a female. The film reframes this process in the context of contemporary gender discourse.

 

David Chisholm is a multi-award winning composer whose works have been acclaimed and performed both nationally and internationally, David is a passionate, eloquent advocate for new work. Listen to award winning Composer David Chisholm on Soundcloud.



Deepan Sivaraman is an award winning theatre director and scenographer from India. He is the Artistic Director of the Thrissur-based Experimental Theatre Company Oxygen. Deepan is one of India's most-sought after modern theatre persons, his reputation enhanced after his powerful play, Spinal Cord, won seven out of 13 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in 2010.




Jenni Medway is a leading Australian Dramaturg who is part of the 2014 Griffin Studio Artist Program, and the Writing Coordinator at Australian Theatre for Young People. Find out more about Jennifer Medway’s 2014 Griffin Studio Artist program.



How The Funds Will Be Used

We have a team, and many wonderful ideas. But to tell this story properly, we need to undertake an intensive research and development stage for the libretto text, to understand and reflect the complexity of this topic.

The funds raised will contribute to research and writing expenses, such as artist fees, and aspects of a research trip to the Centre for Social Research in South New Delhi



Budget Breakdown: $3,000 for Opera libretto research and development.

Artist Fees
Tammy Brennan, Writer/Researcher: $600 [also contributes to Daughters Zine development costs]
Jennifer Medway, Dramaturg: $950
Anuradha Kapur, Director: $950

Research Stipend: $500 [Trip to Centre for Social Research, New Delhi]

We will be very grateful for all, and any further funds raised above the campaign target. The $3000 is a part of a much larger project budget for the overall development of the opera.

Any additional raised funds for this campaign will contribute to other associated project costs:  other development costs such as music composition, other key artist fees for set and costume design, and travel costs [flights, accommodation].  

We will let you know exactly what your pledge supports.



The Challenges

We are developing this project in stages between 2014/2015. We're committed to bringing Daughters to the stage in both Australia and India. The creative time has the experience and talent to make it happen.

We'd love your help to make this stage of the project a success.

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A$25 +Heartfelt gratitude.Thank you so much. A copy of the limited edition opera zine and a Facebook thank you.
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A$50 +You're the best.You are the best and don't let anyone tell you any different! As well as a copy of the limited edition opera zine, you get a handwritten inscription on the inside of zine cover. A Facebook thank you.
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A$100 +Thinking of you.You are my new best friend. This pledge gets you a handwritten personalised postcard during the writing and research stage of the libretto. A signed copy of the limited edition opera zine and a Facebook thank you.
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A$250 +We love you.You now have a place in my heart. This pledge gets you a handwritten personalised postcard during the writing and research stage of the libretto, from myself and Anuradha Kapur in Delhi. A copy of the limited edition opera zine with personal inscription. Your name listed in the zine's contributor section, and a Facebook thank you.
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A$500 +Superstar Supporter.My sincere gratitude and your name added to a wall of fame. A copy of the limited edition opera zine with personal inscription. A handwritten specially printed post-card made from a photo taken during during the writing/research stage of the libretto. Your name listed in the zine's contributor section and added to the list of Key Project Supporters on the Daughter's Blog. You will have access to exclusive content through a protected password on the Daughters blog. A Facebook thank you.
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A$1000 +Our Opera's Patron Saint.A meet and greet to express our overwhelming gratitude. An original bespoke edition of the finished libretto made solely for you, with personal inscriptions from the key opera creatives. All editions of the limited opera zine with personal inscription. Your name listed in the zine's contributor section. Your name added to all publicity material as Major Project Supporter. You will have access to exclusive content through a protected password on the Daughters blog. A Facebook thank you.
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