SCENATET – ensemble for art and music
SCENATET is recognized as one of the most innovative and experimental ensembles for music and art in the Nordic countries.
SCENATET moves in a cross-genre field of music, drama and happenings towards areas with yet undefined genre.
SCENATET has a close and collaborative relation to the younger generation of Danish composers, as well as a strong commitment to the international avant-garde repertoire.
SCENATET is an ensemble that designs every concert individually. This Danish ensemble sees itself as a creator of conceptual art works and processes of discovery, in which music is just one part. In fact SCENATET is not a traditional ensemble at all, but rather a multifaceted and unique unit within the field of the contemporary arts – and neither does the ensemble really give traditional concerts.
Founded in 2008 by artistic director Anna Berit Asp Christensen, SCENATET performs for a broad and diverse audience, rarely performing in the same place or context twice. SCENATET has performed events in shopping malls and backyards, major festivals and experimental venues, and the preoccupation with ‘everyday spaces’ to which they bring their art makes SCENATET performances into theatrical installations just as much as concert productions.
Performing in the homes of well-known artists, using their private homes as scenography is one example of SCENATET’s concert formats. Doing “backyard operas” in Copenhagen where music and plot are tailored individually to the backyard chosen is yet another.
But what does “scenatet” mean? It’s a Danish word puzzle mixing the two words for “senate” and “stage” – meet us at our performances, and find out what we’re all about!
New Music: New Audiences
From 2012 to 2014 SCENATET was part of New Music: New Audiences (New:Aud). As part of the project SCENATET did a new type of concerts combining music, movement and sitespecific stories and atmospheres. The Concert Walks mixed music with its surroundings, creating a completely new and interesting situation in the borderline between art, music, nature and urban environments and cultural heritage.
(New:Aud) is a European cultural project. From 17 European countries, 16 music organisations and 31 ensembles specializing in contemporary music gathered to take part. Together, they explored tomorrow’s concert forms and developed new ways of communicating with the audience. At the same time the ensembles exchanged repertoire, performing each other’s music for a new audience.