Orchestre au Bahut
A multidisciplinary, co-creative and participatory arts education project combining music, literature and the visual arts.
Ever fresh, the PMO’s Education Programme is one of those rare alchemies that continue to evolve brilliantly over time through the accumulation of knowledge, hands-on experience and constant re-evaluation. The orchestra’s ambitious artistic ideals are reflected in, and perfectly balanced by, a challenging and enthralling pedagogical framework.
Jean-Jacques Paysant et Marianne Calvayrac
Artistic delegate of Académies de Créteil et de Versailles
No limits, no boundaries
Teamwork and accessibility are at the heart of this ambitious and demanding programme. Students and teachers from schools in disadvantaged areas around Paris meet and exchange on an equal footing with visual artists, professional musicians and actors to collaborate and create their own projects around a specially commissioned contemporary work – the melologue.
The choice of this commission and other performance material, along with the educational approaches to be employed, are agreed and developed in close consultation with the Education Authorities of the Paris region.
Every year this creative cooperation between the Paris Mozart Orchestra and the schools enables teachers to forge fascinating links between their various disciplines – music, drama, literature, art, theatre, foreign languages, history, geography, civics, physical education and more.
We engage in committed long-term partnerships which operate continuously throughout the school year.
In 2020/21 the orchestra is beginning a new residency in and around the suburban town of Gagny, near Paris. Selected groups from a lycée, a college and a school will benefit from workshops and cultural visits, while we will also be reaching out to the local care home. All the students will join us on 20 May 2021 for a special participatory concert at the Palais d’Iena in Paris.
project of the season
BEETHOVEN – AFRICAN DRUMS AND PERCUSSION – MADELA’S PRISON LETTERS
Through the PMO’s unique Charter of humanitarian values – a commitment undertaken by every one of its members – the orchestra is fully engaged in combatting all forms of discrimination.
Our new commission for 2020/21, Beethoven the African, reflects this commitment, focusing on the artistic and intellectual African patrimony, the synergy between different cultures and the fight against racism and any form of apartheid.
Taking his initial inspiration from Nadine Gordimer’s short story Beethoven was one sixteenth black and Nelson Mandela’s Prison Letters, Italian composer Fabio Vacchi has created an intriguing dialogue between Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and African percussion instruments such as bongos, djembes and agagô to frame Mandela’s words.
Mandela’s personality shines through in these very human and immensely cultured letters, with reflections on self-awareness, brotherhood, hope, patience, simplicity and forgiveness.
Photographer Micheline Pelletier’s series of Mandela and South Africa pictures form the visual backdrop to Vacchi’s timely and thought-provoking melologue.
Music Fabio Vacchi
Texts Nelson Mandela’s prison letters
Photographs Micheline Pelletier
Récitant Birane Ba