House of Absolute and Philharmonia Orchestra are excited to announce that we are hosting a range of panels, workshops and live performance events across 18, 19 and 20 June 2021.
DAY 1 Absolute Truth Talks we'll share experiences and expertise.
DAY 2 Absolute Live: Future Visions Performance Evening with House of Absolute and Philharmonia
DAY 3 Absolute Workshops we'll share the space to think and create together with everyone on the call.
9th April- 9th May 2021
Brecht & Weill Seven Deadly Sins | Mahagonny Songspiel
Directed by Isabelle Kettle
Choreography | Movement Direction by Julia Cheng
Design by Lizzie Clachan
Dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed
Lighting by James Farncombe
British Director and Jette Parker Young Artist Isabelle Kettle reimagines Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s darkly satirical operas in a timely comment on gender politics. This production has been created with streaming in mind, building the filming element of the piece into the viewing experience while drawing on choreographer and movement director Julia Cheng’s background in hip-hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre. The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel depict a crisis of femininity and a crisis of masculinity respectively.
Jonadette Carpio pictured in 'Gluttony' scene by Jay Kasitz
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTS COMPANY HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2021
Street Dance and Symphonies may seem like an unlikely combination, but when the Philharmonia Orchestra launched a call out for a brand new Artist in Residence initiative last year, the applications came in thick and fast from all quarters of the performance sector. Founded in 2014, House of Absolute approached the opportunity with a confident vision for what might be possible when Hip Hop and contemporary dance styles, eclectic musical processes and experimentation with classical music collide.
Amongst the eight-strong company are vocalists, poets, choreographers and composers who have created performances and events for theatres, exhibitions, festivals, and the fashion industry, built on a foundation of equality, empowerment and inclusivity.
This is the first residency of its kind - a complementary combination of cultures that will generate an energy and excitement across worlds that had previously been mutually exclusive.
Plans for the year are developing as House of Absolute push forward their vision of what they want to achieve from this collaboration:
‘We envision a powerfully rich collaboration between House of Absolute and Philharmonia with both entities’ incredible resources: the Orchestra’s irrefutable expertise in symphonic performance, digital innovation, and outreach, and our company’s technical dexterity and proficiency in traversing artistic disciplines including dance, music, theatre, writing, spoken word and digital art.’
Saskia Horton, Creative Producer
‘We will advocate for the cultural origins and heritage of Street Dance styles, bring together the intersectionality of our artistic communities, and represent voices from sub-cultures as part of creative projects across the residency. A key outcome of this process will bring grassroots, multidisciplinary and Hip Hop enthusiasts together with classical concert regulars to experience something completely new.’
Julia Cheng, Creative Director Ffion Campbell-Davies, Associate Director