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Ensemble Perpetuo discuss their R&D Residency

| Thu 8 Jun 2017

Can you tell us about Ensemble Perpetuo?

Ensemble Perpetuo formed in 2013 with the aim of performing a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings. Perpetuo brings chamber music to new audiences through exciting collaborations and innovative repertoire choices. Over the past few years we’ve collaborated with composers, theatres, dance companies, chefs, artists, photographers, film makers and digital artists to create innovative concert experiences.

How would you describe the work you create?

We try to have a refreshing and engaging approach to each project we take on. At the heart of what we do is our love of the music we perform. It’s exciting for us to bring this to new audiences and discover intriguing new ways to revitalise existing repertoire as well as commissioning and premiering new works too.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

We are using our residency at artsdepot as a research and development time to explore future projects with several collaborators. Our ColLABorator Sessions involve dancers, choreographers, theatre directors, composers, hand shadowgraphers joining us during the week and hope to build new relationships with these exciting artists with a view to developing new projects for our next two seasons.

Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

In particular we are focussing on the way in which we can best integrate the multiple art forms we are bringing to each project. Our aim is to take time and discover the best way to draw all the aspects together to create an exciting and innovative event that crosses several boundaries and draws on several different audiences who might not otherwise hear classical chamber music.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

Our instruments and huge piles of sheet music are what we need the most at the moment. We are each bringing such a large and wide variety of music to each session so that we can find the repertoire that best fits each collaboration we are experimenting with.

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