John McCaughey: Musical Director

Friedel and Harvey: Dance of the Bee

Interspecies performance and live installation

In association with Arts House

The signs are there: over the past few decades, humanity’s 5000-year collaboration with the honey bee has been building toward a grim conclusion. If we fail to heed their warning, could we be casually swept into the fossil record alongside them?

Friday 11 September, 8:00 pm

Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall
corner Errol and Queensberry Streets
North Melbourne

For tickets call Arts House on (03) 9322 3713, or

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Dance of the Bee

Dance of the Bee

Listen to Martin Friedel and Michael Kieran Harvey on ABC RN Life Matters discussing this "interspecies collaboration" between four pianists, a swarm of bees on stage inside a sculpted plastic transparent hive and the voices of the Astra Choir

Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Astra's Musical director John McCaughey's article for Acord, magazine of the National University of Music, Bucharest.

Choir member Matthew Lorenzon has documented our travels at

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.