Colin Pip Dixon / The Elsewhere Ensemble
"What will strike people straight away about Elsewhere Ensemble is the incredible musical talent showcased in the violin performances." – Emma Ainley-Walker, The Skinny (Edinburgh Festival)
Press quotes about The Elsewhere Ensemble's His Majesty, the Devil – a play with music
"We implore from human beings to human beings, remember your humanity and forget the rest."
from the Russell-Einstein Manifesto
– If you believe that art isn’t a luxury or a distraction, but a human necessity...
– If you believe that great writers, thinkers, music and theater have something to say to us today and can be accessible without dumbing down the quality...
– if you believe that skill, and high standards are meaningless unless they are a means to creating a personal experience on the level of heart, mind and soul…
– If you believe that the human connection between artists and their audience is the most important element in performance…
Then please consider supporting The Elsewhere Ensemble
The Elsewhere Ensemble has performed in New York City, Boston, Montreal, Paris, Edinburgh, London, Lyon, and Beirut
Festivals: Endinburgh International Fringe Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, the festival in Beirut, Lebanon "Us, the Moon & the Neighbors", and New York's 59E59 Theater's East to Edinburgh Festival.
Original Works and Concerts include:
His Majesty, the Devil – a play with music
The Happy Prince
Invocation – a prayer for Peace
Chekhov Triptych – three Chekhov stories in concert
The Velveteen Rabbit
I Have a Dream
What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye
Artists who have worked with the Elsewhere Ensemble include:
Colin Pip Dixon (USA)– violinist, composer, actor (co-founder of the Elsewhere Ensemble)
Arnaud Ghillebaert (France)– violinist and violist (co-founder of the Elsewhere Ensemble)
Judy Pang (China) – pianist
Mariam Tamari (Japan/Palestine) – soprano
Liam Veuve (USA) – cellist
Mathilde Schennen (Belgium) – actress/director
Rafael Svarin (Switzerland) – actor/director
Robert Thompson (England) – pianist
Rayanne Dupuis (Canada) – soprano
Aida Sabra (Lebanon) – actress
MacIntyre Dixon (USA) – actor
Dominique Rozan (France) – actor
Cecile Maudet (France) – actress/director
Alexandra Devon (USA) – playwright
About the Elsehwere Ensemble
The Elsewhere Ensemble is an eclectic group of artists coming from different cultures, different generations and disciplines. Unlike most ensembles it is not defined by its form – it is neither a music group nor a theater group (but it can be either, or any combination of these) – it is defined by the desire to find a way of working together so that the whole is somehow greater than each part… the belief that art should be born out of the ties which bring us closer together, reminding us of our humanity. With the continued hope that “classical” music and “theater” are not for an elite but a human necessity.
In a culture where film, recorded music, and screen images have taken center stage, we sometimes lose touch with the unequivocal need for direct human communication. A baby that is not touched physically or spoken to dies. What happens to someone who only receives artistic communication through speakers or a screen? Despite the extraordinary work that is communicated to us through these media, the need for human beings to communicate directly is more important than ever. Often musicians try to compete with recordings, and theater tries to compete with film. We have forgotten that we have a unique mission which is not based on electronic, seamless perfection, but rather on our raw, explosive, vulnerable, personalized humanity. The language of “classical music” and the language of “theater” have become difficult for much of the world. It is our job, as artists, to bring these forms alive and to awaken audiences to the uniqueness of these languages. The Elsewhere Ensemble hopes to tap into that “elsewhere” from which we all come from – seeking a balance between heart, the mind, and soul.
If you contribute, how will your gift be used?
There are many important elements and costs that go into running an ensemble such as this:
– Rental of rehearsal/performance space
– Paying the artists
– Marketing costs to get the word out (flyers, posters, social media, etc.)
– project development
Please feel free to contact us directly to find out about specific, current projects and our current needs.
In Beirut, Lebanon August 2015
Thank you so much for reading and considering our work!