Ensemble Justiniana

(France)

Founded in 1982 by Charlotte Nessi, Ensemble Justiniana is a national lyric and musical theatre company in the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region.

Wishing to introduce opera and vocal art to the greatest number, the Ensemble Justiniana implements artistic workshops ahead of its productions. This allows anyone, but especially children, to discover singing, dancing and theatre via walking operas (opéras-promenades) in rural areas, or through repertoire performances and creations for the "young public" hosted by Opera houses and national stages (Opéra national de Paris, Les 2Scènes in Besançon, etc.).

The company’s work to gather new audiences through participatory shows has earned it recognition from the public and from its partners (the State, the Region and the four departments of Franche-Comté).

The Ensemble Justiniana collaborates closely with the Edwige-Feuillère Theatre in Vesoul, directed since 2009 by Charlotte Nessi, to develop vocal practice in children and youth.

Together, they have set up free workshops for singing, dance and theatre, and they also intervene in schools. Each year the performances derived from these workshops are hosted as part of the Month of Children’s Voices/Stage Space in Vesoul.

The singing workshop of the Ensemble Justiniana has been enriched courtesy of the 25 year joint work of choir director Scott Alan Prouty and Charlotte Nessi focusing on the issue of stage movement in children's choirs. Many shows have sprung from this collaboration, including West Side Story by L. Bernstein, Adventures and New Adventures by G. Ligeti or Children by E. Roche, presented as part of the Month of Children’s Voices/Stage Space.

The present European project was built on the methods and reflections initiated by this training.

The Ensemble Justiniana is the project leader for Children’s Voices/Stage Space.

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