What is ‘Concert-Theatre?’
Music and theatre work together frequently but rarely equally. In opera, acting is subservient to the immense demands of the score. In theatre, musicians support the considerable demands of the text. Concert-theatre asks the question: what happens when both elements are included equally?
People are inherently interdisciplinary. Concertgoers are theatre audiences too, and we all possess finely attuned ears from a lifetime of listening. We collapse this illusion of space between genres by revealing the stories behind the standard rep, making music more visible and contextual. The resulting close collaborations allow artists to mutually appreciate their peers in new ways. Touring allows several orchestras to benefit from expensive stand-alone engagements.
We believe that our framework for an even balance of music and story, in the service of universal themes of our shared experience, is vital to the future of concert music.
We therefore employ narration, projections, lights, sound, illusions, and even food to properly feature an iconic piece of music in an immersive way. We focus on marginalized stories to make the urgently relevant case for the performing arts as a political act.
Partners include The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Silkroad Ensemble, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Cleveland Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the British Film Institute, and The English Concert, among others.
Venues include The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl, Buckingham Palace, Washington National Cathedral, The Tanglewood Music Center, Southwark Cathedral, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Barbican, and other leading venues around the world.
Conductors of original works include Andris Nelsons, Dame Jane Glover, Bramwell Tovey, Sakari Oramo, JoAnn Falletta, Trevor Pinnock, Hans Graf and Dima Slobodeniouk. Soloists include Alison Balsom, Camilla Tilling, Amy Dickson, Soumik Datta, Georgia Jarman, Keira Duffy, Abigail Fisher, Pekka Kuusisto. New collaborations include the puppetry masters Gyre & Gimble, composer Max Richter, and new works for young audiences.