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 2021/2022 the orchestra is continuing its 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 during the spring for a special participatory concert in a prestigious Parisian institution.
project of the season
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL – JEAN GIONO – ALEXANDRE HOLLAN
The mélologue “dans l’arbre” commissioned from composer Alexandra Grimal forms the basis of Orchestre Au Bahut’s artistic project for the year 2021-2022.
L’Homme qui plantait des arbres by Jean Giono is a wonderful story in which the humility of a man brings the earth back to life. Piece for ten musicians and a narrator, the instruments tell through sound the deployment of this nature repopulated with birds and life. How does this work resonate with our society today? What is the creative act when it is simply the act of giving life? A quest for new sound spaces in perpetual mutations carried by the voice of Suliane Brahim.
Music Alexandra Grimal
Texts L’Homme qui plantait des arbres by Jean Giono
Paintings Alexandre Hollan
Narrator Suliane Brahim