Rubiks Collective –They Swim Through Air

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Rubiks Collective


A program that reflects on the rituals and processes of life.

About the artists

Rubiks Collective put music at the heart of its practice, recognised as creators of powerful, polished and deeply personal artistic experiences. With interests spanning storytelling to cross-art collaboration, its dynamic performances delight and dazzle audiences with unique programming and virtuosity.

About the concert

They Swim Through Air showcases the exuberance, imagination and artistry of new music creators from Australia and beyond with a program that reflects on the rituals and processes of life.

Inspired by Tolkien’s use of the term ‘sky-fields’ in Lord of the Rings, Gemma Peacocke reflects on the travels of the sun and the power of hope, while Leah Blankendaal’s Beacon explores how memories are retained within the body over a lifetime.

Rubiks’ virtuosic playfulness comes to the fore in Jessie Marino’s The Whale Is a Capital Fish, a celebration of the ritual absurdity and technical mastery exhibited in everyday activities. The program finishes with the premiere of a new work from the winner of Rubiks’ 2021 Pythia Prize.

Praise for Rubiks Collective

‘Incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching.’ Limelight Magazine

COVID Safety

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Tamara Kohler flutes
Gemma Kneale cello
Jacob Abela keyboards
Kaylie Melville percussion
Tbc narrator


Felicity Wilcox
New Work – 2021 Pythia Prize winner

Gemma Peacocke
Sky Fields

Leah Blankendaal

Jessie Marino
The whale is a capital fish


This production is part of the following series: