We're very happy to announce that Tête à Tête is one of 20 organisations selected from 130 applications for the PRSF Biennial 2014.
Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skate parks, Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli will team up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in London, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
As well as composing two commissions for Tête à Tête, New World (words Mark Ravenhill, 2011) and Amerika (2012), Samuel Bordoli is the founder of Live Music Sculpture. A live music sculpture is a natural progression from the conventional way of experiencing and conceiving music. It is a form that explores the relationship we have with our own ears and the endless acoustic possibilities of sound and its impact upon linear or spatially conceived structures. It blends together the ideas of music, time, sculpture and space; a very natural springboard to explore the acoustic and sounds of skate parks in music.
Samuel Bordoli writes: "My vision is to amalgamate the diverse experiences of skateboarders around the UK with the fascinating percussive and choreographic elements of their art form through music, text and acoustics. A choir will perform aleatoric music in different skate parks and react in real time to dance-like gestures performed by the skateboarders. The choir will also create sounds using extended techniques inspired by the wheels of the board coming into contact with different textured surfaces. I love the idea that this alternative culture exists under the Southbank Centre, which is as musical and balletic as the pieces performed above them, and would relish the challenge of creating a work which could travel to different skate parks yet still maintain a site-specific reference to the highly resonant and unusual acoustics of each venue.
I am absolutely delighted to be part of the PRS New Music Biennial. I am looking forward to collaborating on a new work with Tête à Tête and members of the skateboarding community which I hope will lead us all into thrilling and uncharted musical territory."
Bill Bankes-Jones, Tête à Tête writes: "We're extremely happy. While we've recently put so much into fostering the creativity of others, and when it's increasingly challenging to make significant new work ourselves in these difficult times, it's a great shot in the arm to have made it through the stiff competition for this prestigious scheme."
Tête à Tête is the country's most prolific pioneer in the field of new opera. The Company has produced over 50 new works over the last 15 years, and hosted a further 200 as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. The long history of working with diverse groups exploring new futures for operas includes The Canticles (2002) in Westminster Abbey, the co-production with opera professionals and homeless shelters that launched Streetwise Opera, and Odysseus Unwound, an intrepid work blending an opera company with the knitters and spinners of Shetland.
Among our partners will be: The Roundhouse Choir & Slam City Skates (London), Sound Scotland & Transitions Extreme Skate Park (Aberdeen) and Company Chordelia (Glasgow).
The works will be performed in Aberdeen, and at two special weekend events at London's Southbank Centre (4-6 July 2014) and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music to coincide with the Commonwealth Games (2-3 August 2014).
The 8th Tête à Tête – The Opera Festival 2013 runs from 1-18 August 2013 at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
A celebration and exploration of all things 21st century opera with artists throughout the UK singing, composing, writing, acting, designing, dancing and playing with audiences over 3 weeks featuring 40 plus productions and 100 plus performances in the theatre and out on the streets. Booking opens in June.