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Tabula Rasa, Scottish Ensemble’s collaboration with pioneering Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point, received its world premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Thursday 9 November 2017.

Photography: Hugh Carswell.

Based around the live performance of music by Arvo Pärt, including Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Spiegel Im Spiegel and Für Alina, this new music-and-theatre production is the fourth in Scottish Ensemble’s recent series of cross-artform collaborations.

This 2017 co-production with Vanishing Point marks the next step in Scottish Ensemble’s evolution over the past few years, during which we have developed our commitment to opening up classical music through the delivery of innovative cross-artform collaborations with other artists and musicians – as well as sector-leading community and creative learning events.

The series of collaborations began in 2014 with a pilot event which saw Scottish Ensemble perform sets of 20th-century music at a previously-derelict Modernist landmark, matching the music with bespoke pieces created by visual artist Toby Paterson. The next collaboration happened in 2015, when Scottish Ensemble musicians acted as equal partners onstage with dancers in a contemporary interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in a collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance. Then, in 2016, we worked with electronic-classical crossover composer Anna Meredith and visual artist Eleanor Meredith on a live experience which combined one of the most famous works from the classical canon, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with new writing by Anna.

We are thrilled that Tabula Rasa has received four-star reviews in The Times, The Herald, The Scotsman and Bachtrack.

We are also excited to have created a dedicated micro-site, www.tabula-rasa.show, where you can find video, audio, essays, blogs and educational resources relating to the performance.

Photography: Hugh Carswell.