ABOUT THE PROJECT 2017-04-11T15:24:03+00:00

About the project

THESEUS_thumbWe have launched this site in order to share our experiences more widely with our participants, our audiences, our artists and our peer organisations across the world. This site tells the story of how we produced our different productions of The Monster in the Maze, including interviews with our artists and participants, filmed footage and photos from rehearsals, and blog entries from our artists, participants and project managers.

We also shared the outcomes at our related conference on 5 July in London and Symposium on 8 and 9 July in Aix-en-Provence.
Click here to read the conference reports.

Why collaborate?

It was the desire of Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to co-commission and produce performances of a new commission, The Monster in the Maze, by composer Jonathan Dove.

In the planning of the co-commission, the three partners decided to use this opportunity to collaborate even further, in order to:

  • Influence the development and commissioning of participatory music more widely across our European networks of venues, orchestras and festivals;
  • Encourage the positioning of the new repertoire at the heart of artistic programming and develop the audience for performances of participatory music;
  • Ensure that there is greater interest and skills amongst artists across Europe equipped to deliver high quality performances of participatory music.

Key elements

Through our collaboration the three partners have developed activity around our productions in order to further these aims. The key elements to this cooperation project are:

  • The creation of an Artist Academy, in which 15 emerging artists selected by the three partners visit each of the three productions and observe rehearsals, meet the artists involved and engage in structure discussion forums surrounding each of the productions;
  • A conference in London on Sunday 5 July 2015, in which artists, programmers and other musical industry professionals explored in detail the creation of new participatory work;
    > Conference report
  • A Symposium in Aix on 8 and 9 July 2015, which explored the practice and challenges around the project, using ‘The Monster in the Maze’ as a case study;
    > Conference report
  • An online sharing platform, which enables the partners to share the process of preparing for the productions with each other and a wider international public.

Project statistics

hours of rehearsals undertaken in three countries since January
local community participants involved in three countries
professional musicians, actors, singers and technical staff