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Formed in 1984 by M.A. Millon and A. Labarsouque, the ensemble counts experimental music, as well as the interpretation of contemporary music and the production of original music for the theatre, among its major objectives. In all, more than 25 new productions have seen the integration of music, dance, theatre and the visual arts.

Collaborators :

Veronika Adamicova, Lydie Arickx, Gérard Assayag, Bernard et François Baschet, Michèle Bernard, Georges Bloch, Jean Philippe Calvin, Bernard Carlossema, Caroline Carlson, Laurent Chassain, Philippe Cornus, Laurence Debordeaux, Marc Delcourt, Jean François Demeure, Michel Deneuve, Dominique Dupraz, Sébastien Farge, Filip Fourgeau, Lyne Froissart, Hugues Genevoix, Bruno Ginner, Jean Michel Hasler, Carlotta Ikeda, l’Ircam, Patrick Jude, Sae-Jung Kim, Alain Kremsky, György Kurtag, Alain Labarsouque, Laboratoire d’Acoustique Musicale, Jean-Pierre Legay, Christophe Looten, Jean Pierre Loublier, David Mascunian, Bernard Noël, Abdou Oudjedi, Martine Pernoud, Anne Elisabeth Petit, Dominique Petit, Loïc Pierre, Jaques Pineau, James Razafimanantsoa, Guy Rebel, Mike Sheridan, Roger Steptoe, Nieke Swennen, Alain Voirpy, Jean-Pierre Ulhen, Marc Ursule.

Partners : 

Chritie-Urbaka, les Ensembles Camerata Vocale, Epsilon, Cordes Sans Cibles, Méliades, Trob’art, Stolon, les Conservatoires de Limoges, Brive, Tulle, Besançon, Gap, les Festivals de la Vézère, de Saint Robert, 1001 notes, d’Uzerche, Maintenon, les Nuits de Nacre, La Fondation La Borie, les journées de la poèsie Rodez, les Musées de Thessaloniki (State Museum of Contemporary Art)/Rochechouart/ Rodez/Le Mans/Saint Claude/des Compagnons Limoges, Structures Sonores Atelier Bousquet, les Théâtres La Fabrique, Expression 7, Sur le Fil, La Passerelle, Les 7 Collines, l’Union, 

 For the premiere of "Tryptique", the group was joined by a soprano and a percussionist, expanding the ensemble to a quartet of voice, percussions, cristal and bass cristal. With repertoire based on contemporary works a chance was found to explore the richly varied 20th-century French repertoire, namely Ravel and Poulenc, Fauré and Satie.


Previous new productions have been heard in many European cities, in China and in both North and South America.

Recent productions include :

-"Paysagens plasticas e sonoras " SESC Pinheiros. Sâo Paulo. BRASIL.
- " Nuit du label Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant " ministère de PME, Grand Palais. Paris. France. -
- " Premier festival anti-carbone " Forbidden City Theatre. Beijing. CHINA.
- " STYX " First performance for the High School of Music. Genève. SWISS.
- " ANTWERPEN diamond conférence " Antwerpen. BELGIUM.
- " IMPROVISATION " with IRCAM (Max Os) Brive. FRANCE.
- " L’École Buissonière " Fondation La Borie. Solignac. FRANCE.
- " 3 I " interactive international interart concert, Union Theatre, Limoges. FRANCE.
- "Esquisses Végétales" Fondation La Borie Solignac.
- "Nouveaux Rivages" State Museum Thessaloniki GREECE.
- "L’École Buissonière" Fondation Ensemble RTS Genève


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