An Orchestra Network for Europe – ONE - is a distinctive network of classical symphony orchestras initiated by Orchestre de Picardie in 2003. Since 2005, it has received support from the European Union under the Culture Programme for 4 cultural projects. Its successive periods of activity have been called ONE, ONE - a new dimension, ONE step further and from June 2011 to 2015 ONE goes places. In 2010, under the title ONE is more, it prepared an application under the Creative Europe programme of the EU. For this bid, the University for the Creative Arts joined the partnership.
UCA was invited to participate in ONE following the success of a previous European-funded project - ACT (A Common Territory) - which saw staff, students and alumni from UCA's Computer Animation Arts, Creative Arts For Theatre Film, Television Production and Graphic Design: Visual Communication collaborate with orchestras, performers and performances in France and in the UK. Initiated in 2011 by the Orchestre de Picardie, ACT (A Common Territory) is a network of five French and eight English cultural operators, working from the local to the European level in complementary sectors ranging from classical music, contemporary dance, secondary and higher education, production and community work.
As part of ACT, Computer Animation Arts participated in three distinct projects: we created a seventeen minute animation in response to Darius Milhaud's jazz-inspired ballet La création du monde, designed to accompany live performances of the piece, as performed by the musicians of Orchestre de Picardie. Our next challenge was turning Verdi's Requiem into seven physical sculptures by using animation software to translate the conductor's movements into three dimensional forms. For our final ACT collaboration, we used 3D modelling software to design a series of kinetic props to be used in a touring performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde.
|Still from La création du monde / Tom Beg / Jordan Buckner / July 2013
|Offertorio derived from Verdi's Requiem / Ethan Shilling / Tim Hall / July 2014
|Noye's Fludde / Cirque Jules Verne / January 2015
Computer Animation Arts' first activity as part of ONE sees repeat screenings of our animation, La création du monde alongside the musicians of Orchestre de Picardie in two venues in France: Théâtre Municipal, Abbeville on December 7th, and at the Salle de l’Eden, Hirson on December 9th.
Part archive, part creative studio, this blog will chronicle our continuing adventures as we collaborate with some of Europe's finest orchestras and seek to develop creative new responses to challenging and exciting projects. Watch this space.