flux: a state of continuous change
To be in flux is to be in a constant state of change. Fluxos is a Latin term for Flowing. The name Fluxus was used by a sub group of Dada artists in the 1960s who played an important role in opening up the definitions of what art can be. It saw a diverse range of art forms and approaches existing and flourishing side-by-side.
Fluxus had no single unifying style. Artists used a range of media and processes adopting a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude to creative activity.
With this homage to these creative minds, we hope to breath fresh air into the vibrant art form that OPERA can be. Drawing on an eclectic range of art makers & theatrical styles to create new, Australian work.
WHAT IS FLUXUS?
We work with presenters and producers to create new Australian work for the stage. Focussing on opera and cabaret Fluxus brings together ideas, creative teams and writers to work alongside presenters to bring unique theatre to life.
With a focus on nurturing established Australian artists and creators with an emphasis on presenting a diverse and intersectional array of works.
WHO IS FLUXUS?
Fluxus is a company created by performer and curator Ali McGregor. After starting her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia hse soon ran away with the circus in the form of international touring cabaret shows. After her appointment as artistic director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016-2018 she has gone on to create a number of cabaret shows including the Helpmann Award winning show Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird in 2019.
In 2017 she brought an idea of a new opera to Victorian Opera. Based on the german folkloric tale of the maiden on the rock singing the sailors to their death she saw the potential for an important conversation around female sensuality and agency. With her keen eye for collaborations she brought together composer Julian Langdon with Casey Bennetto & Gillian Cosgriff to create an operatic hybrid that drew on folk narratives, modern day satire and the sensibility of feminist burlesque. She brought in Sarah Giles to direct bringing with her the creative team of Marg Horwell & Paul Jackson. With the full support and guidance of Richard Mills and Victorian Opera LORELEI opened at the Malthouse Theatre in 2018 starring Ali, Antoinette Halloran & Dimity Shepherd.
The piece was a triumph being described in the press as: "A highly entertaining evening with a social message” The Age; and "From music and lyrics to set and costumes, it’s an engaging package whose appeal goes well beyond the usual opera crowd.” Limelight.
Fluxus hopes to bring more ideas to the operatic stage that tell stories that resonate with modern day Australian audiences. We hope to amplify Australian voices, artists and composers collaborating with opera companies, festivals and producers.