Blue Touch Paper nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators by providing participants with the context and space to instigate and develop new multi-disciplinary work. The programme also aims to involve UK partners in supporting and presenting the new work.
YEAR 3: OPEN CALL The London Sinfonietta recently announced a call for applications to year 3 of its Blue Touch Paper programme, offering composers and collaborators from arts and science backgrounds the chance to develop ground-breaking new interdisciplinary works. This call is now closed and the selection process is under way. Successful applicants will be awarded a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary in order to support the development of their new work.
WORKS IN DEVELOPMENT The London Sinfonietta has also commissioned 2 creative partnerships to develop new interdisciplinary concepts in their early stages. Further details of these projects will follow shortly. These composer-collaborator partnerships are: - Luke Styles (composer) & Ted Huffman (director) - Matthew Bourne (composer/performer) & Lucy Suggate (choreographer) YEAR 2: PREVIEW NIGHT Following an open, national call in Spring 2012 the London Sinfonietta selected a group of composers and multidisciplinary artists to participate in the second year of Blue Touch Paper. Three composer-collaborator partnerships were awarded a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary and previewed their new works at Village Underground in Shoreditch on Tuesday 14 May: GALLUP MEMO Edward Jessen (composer) and Joseph Alford (director) redefine the relationship of music to drama, through a scene adapted from an early 1940s radio play first broadcast by Orson Welles. BALLADS OF BLOOD Luke Carver Goss (composer) and Jacob Polley (writer) call on the power of traditional ballad form to tell the dark, contemporary tale of a teenage stabbing on London’s streets. I KNOW WAITING Dan Stern (composer) and Aurelian Koch (artist) explore the passing of time through live music, pre-recorded sound and use of physical space, inspired by the recent stories of two South Africans.
Through the Blue Touch Paper programme, the London Sinfonietta seeks to identify and share examples of best practice in multidisciplinary collaboration. In order to achieve this, the ensemble worked closely with the Research and Academic Development team at Guildhall School of Music & Drama to evaluate the collaborative journey that each creative partnership embarked upon. The London Sinfonietta will be developing partnerships with UK and International festivals and venues who will be interested in seeing the new projects to completion and final performance. This is part of the ensemble’s ongoing commitment to building partnerships with promoters through its season of artistic events and projects. Recent Blue Touch Paper commissionees include: - Steve Potter (composer) & Kélina Gotman (writer/dramaturg) - Elspeth Brooke (composer), Seonaid Goody (puppeteer) & Anna Jones (director) - Philip Venables (composer) & Steven J Fowler (poet) If you are a promoter interested in finding out more about the Blue Touch Paper commissions, or if there are other ways that you are interested to get involved in the programme, please contact Tina Speed at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7239 9340.
The London Sinfonietta is very grateful to the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation for their support of Blue Touch Paper.