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The etymology of the word classical itself is enough to make even the most self-important regurgitate their quinoa a bit. From the Latin ‘classicus’ (relating to the highest classes of the Roman people, superior to classis), to the French ‘classique’, and adopted into English around early 17th Century, where it has since denoted something of the highest class, approved as a model. Whenever the term ‘classic’ is applied to anything, it is to refer to something as better because it is older or bonafide, seemingly part of the human desire to look backwards and yearn for the ‘good old days’.
CROSSMODALISM - Organisation
Crossmodalism is a movement born from the synthesis of art, science, and entrepreneurship. It is based in learning and collaboration across non-traditionally linked disciplines, ideas, and communities. Through this foundation, Crossmodalism fosters an appreciation of the full human experience in connection to its sensorial and natural environment.
The music of Nils Frahm may still not be everyday listening to the classical connoisseur, and we probably won’t be studying the compositional styles of Frahm alongside Schoenberg for a few years, but what he is doing for classical music has to be one of the most exciting developments since Stockhausen composed an opera that included four helicopters containing members of a string quartet.
He made music that people want to listen to!
SWAP’ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera) was established by five working artists in response to a collective frustration with the unconscious gender bias in the industry and to provide a supportive platform to effect positive change for women and parents in opera. We want to be a catalyst for change by encouraging the opera community to actively redress these issues.
BITTERSUITE - Multisensory Dance Company
BitterSuite was founded in 2014 to reimagine the concert experience through the senses. Founded by director and composer Stephanie Singer, and Somatic Practitioner Anna Pearce the company passionately explores and celebrates our sensory experience of the world. The company is built on research into crossmodal correspondences, synaesthesia and multi-sensory intergration. We apply this practical and academic learning to create multi-sensory concerts which deepen the experience of listening.
Open Senses - Festival (Great Britain)
Open Senses was launched in May 2017 as the world’s first festival dedicated to sensory practice and research - uniting a diverse group of practitioners dedicated to exploring the senses. In 2018 we present Open Senses: Ideas in Progress, a chance to bring the sensory community together on a regular basis, with the goal of opening up pathways for experimentation and collaboration.