Percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott collaborates with Buro Architects to create a dark and immersive work for one person at a time. Enclosed in a small custom-built space, a visceral sonic world is experienced through shifting walls.

Chrysalis is a reflection on structures which enclose, restrict and envelope, and how they can be both nurturing and torturous. Matthias has developed a new approach to his percussive practice, in which complex webs of sound are formed from elemental materials – sand, grains, stone and pressurised air – harnessed in fierce and fragile textural intersections. Chrysalis leads you into a solitary world of confinement, vulnerability and metamorphosis.

Co-presented with Speak Percussion

About the Artist

Matthias is a percussionist who primarily works in the fields of new music and hybrid-arts. He has appeared in major festivals across Australia, and has also toured to China, Japan and Denmark. Matthias is the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, a founding member of the new music ensemble Quiver, and a guest performer with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Made Opera, Synergy, Victoria Opera and Aphids.
Büro is a design-focused architecture practice founded by Paul von Chrismar in 2000. Responsible for a range of residential, commercial, community and art-based projects, Büro’s philosophy of conversation and collaboration with clients is exemplified by their work with Matthias Schack-Arnott.
Bronwyn is a freelance lighting designer and technician who has worked around Australia with companies such as Malthouse Theatre, Ballarat Arts Academy, La Mama, Here Theatre, Impro Melbourne, Polyglot Theatre and more. Projects she has worked on range from large festivals to small developmental pieces in venues that include The Sydney Opera House, a London west end nightclub, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and a warehouse in Buenos Aires. 
Speak Percussion is Australia’s most innovative percussive arts organisation. For over ten years, Speak Percussion has existed beyond new music practice and has developed a distinct hybrid language. Speak have commissioned and championed over 60 new Australian compositions and have collaborated with architects, choreographers, instrument builders, astronomers and a chef. Speak Percussion tours internationally, as well as regularly performing in Australia’s leading festivals.
  • Image: Jeff Busby
  • Image: Matthias Schack-Arnott
  • Image: Matthias Schack-Arnott

Dates: 23-27 May

Location: Blindside, Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
(tram routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72, stop 13)

Times: 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm

Duration: 10 minutes

Ticket prices: $10 Full, $8 Conc

Bookings: Venue Tix 1300 30 40 72 or online (credit card only)

Wheelchair accessible: No

Warnings: this show requires the audience to sit in a confined and dark space


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