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A 70 minute sound installation created by Australian and Chinese artists featuring traditional instrumentation, new composition, electronics, sculptural design and vocal performance.

Intertwining ancient Chinese musical theory with ancient European spatial thinking, Between 8 and 9 is between Chengdu and Melbourne; between audience and artists; between a meeting room and a restaurant; and between music, sonic design, live art and performance.

You are seated at one of eight round tables with ‘Lazy Susans’ (餐桌轉盤 – cānzhuō zhuànpán). A voice calls from across the room. The table in front of you hums. You are invited into a situation of choice, an oscillation, a rotation. What is the state of between 8 and 9?

The creation of Between 8 and 9 has evolved from a thematic exploration of teahouse culture into a reflexive meditation on the meeting of cultures, generations, languages and artistic practices.

“… perhaps the most beautifully judged site-specific work I have seen… It is mysteriously joyous, and profoundly beautiful.”

Review of Dwelling Structure (created by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey for Chamber Made Opera) on Theatrenotes, 2011


This work is created by all artists involved in a collaborative process led by Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Collaborating performing artists: Carolyn Connors (vocalist/accordion/winds); Madeleine Flynn (pedal organ/toy piano/vintage electronics); Guo Si-Cen (erhu); Tim Humphrey (brass/electronics); Kang Yan-Long (vocalist); Wang Shuai (percussion); Wang Zheng-Ting (sheng/winds); and Zhu Hui-Qian (vocalist)

Collaborating artists: Jim Atkins (acoustic facilitation); Felix Ching Ching Ho (dramaturgy); Ben ‘Bosco’ Shaw (lighting); and Anna Tregloan (installation and costume)

Production collaborators: Kellie Jayne Chambers (production & stage management); Minglu Chen (production assistance & translation); Emilie Collyer (text consultation); Professor Gan Shao-Cheng (Chengdu project liaison); Dr Wang Zheng-Ting (Melbourne project liaison); Tim Stitz (creative producer); and Adrian Tien (academic consultation)

Image by: Gregory Lorenzutti


This project has been made possible with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the Ministry for the Arts' Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia China-Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program. Significant development support has been provided by Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Development support also provided by Darebin Arts. Preliminary planning for this collaboration was enabled with support from the Playking Foundation. Chamber Made Opera is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne through the Arts and Culture Triennial Funding and Creative Spaces Programs. 

Chamber Made OperaMelbourne Recital CentrePlayking FoundationCatalystSichuan Conservatory of Music

Australia China CouncilCity of MelbourneCreative Victoria Arts Centre Melbourne

Chamber Made Opera gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Arts Centre Melbourne through Creative Victoria.
Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu Teahouse Project)

A Chamber Made Opera work in partnership with Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Co-presented by Castlemaine State Festival and Melbourne Recital Centre for Asia TOPA.

Date & Time:

29 March – 1 April 2017

Wednesday 29 March, 7pm
Thursday 30 March, 7pm
Friday 31 March, 7pm
Saturday 1 April, 4pm
Saturday 1 April, 7pm


Standard: $39
Concession: $29
3 Show Package: $33.15

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