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A new way to experience classical music through every sense
A new way to experience classical music through every sense
A new way to experience classical music through every sense
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Debussy String Quartet in G
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Three years ago, BitterSuite began with one question: 

Can we deepen the way that people listen to classical music by stimulating all of their senses?

BitterSuite is pioneering a new way to listen to music through all the senses. When you experience BitterSuite, you don’t just listen through your ears- you feel it with your skin, taste the rich harmonies, and smell the tonality.

BitterSuite concerts are a true feast for the senses, and open for everyone to enjoy - from first time listeners to classical music lovers, from the over-stimulated to the non-hearing. As one of just 30 audience members, you’ll find yourself blindfolded and guided through the experience in the comforting hands of a BitterSuite dancer, who will move around you and move you around, spray smells, feed you tastes, all alongside a live ensemble playing just for you.

With a core team of 50 dedicated performer, classical music ensemble Phaedra, Chef Adam Thomason, Perfumer Sarah McCartney, Psychologist Dr Clare Jonas, Poet Kayo Chingonyi. BitterSuite is all about collaboration.

Why is BitterSuite important?

As we become more and more digitised, human touch is increasingly lacking in our daily lives. Yet it is intimacy, touch and human contact that makes us feel alive.

Think about it - you have probably touched your phone more today than the people you love most in the world… 

BitterSuite creatively embodies this important ideology; one that believes in the power of human connection. This inspires us to create musical experiences which connect our audiences to their bodies and the physical world around them.

Whoever you are, we want to lead you on a discovery of classical music through your senses. To put you in a calm, imaginative and embodied state of listening. And more than anything, we want you to find out that classical music has GOT SOUL.

What we've been up to...

 

 

Why We Need Your Support

We’ve got an amazing new idea for a new sensory concert called Tapestries, which is inspired by the work of Czech composer Leoš Janáček. This concert will push BitterSuite’s work to the next level - allowing us to work in the largest team to date, write a brand new music score, and launch our sensory experience in the USA by creating our first concert in New York with a US-based team. 

Although we have got some amazing concerts lined up, the intimate format and accessible ticket price means that what we earn from ticket sales is nowhere near the cost required to produce a BitterSuite concert. We need your support to develop the project and get it ready to be performed. This means raising £28,000 to realise our next sense-awakening experience. The money raised will go towards:

  • Enabling the collaboration with and support of our team: Perfumers, Dancers, Choreographers, Chefs, Musicians, Composers and String Quintet and more
  • The development of an original perfume, 4 original flavour, 20 minutes of original music and 20 minutes of touch based choreography
  • 10 concerts of Tapestries with private views for Kickstarter supporters, Open Senses Festival (Spring 2017) and more
  • 1 free community performance in Bow, London, open only to the local community
  • Perform our NYC debut at The Brooklyn Academy of Music on 9th December 2016, collaborating with a new NYC based team of 30 new performers, String Quintet, The Curiosity Cabinet, Chef, The Conscious Cook and Scent, Transformation

 

 

What You’ll Get In Return…

 

 

  

 

Risks and challenges

Apart from the potential risk of not being able to produce our next concert and tour to NYC, there are a number of very specific risks & challenges that we have spent the past three years addressing:

We have a large cast.

This is part of the spectacle and joy that is BitterSuite, however it presents the obstacle of supporting, paying for and rehearsing a large number of performers. Having spent the past 3 years working with the same 50 people, it ensures an efficient, productive and highly creative working relationship. The creative team are very experienced in managing the needs and capabilities of our performers.

It is a driving ambition of BitterSuite to pay performers and all members of the company for their time and dedication towards the project - which is not always easy.

Allergies / injuries / hyper-sensitivities

In the creative process we develop alternatives for tastes according to the 15 most common allergies, consider common skin allergies and alcohol addictions within our perfumes, create a adaptable touch choreography that accommodates pregnancies, physical disabilities, hyper-sensitivities - epilepsy, autism; injuries e.g. broken bones, chronic diseases and more.

Managing budgets

Artistic Director Stephanie Singer and Strategic Manager Lawrence Becko have managed budgets totalling over £500,000 as individuals and as part of creative organisations across the UK.

Both have been responsible for BitterSuite's previous shows and have successfully managed and reforecast budgets, to bring everything in on time and on budget, allowing for contingency and change.

Confidence
It is through acknowledging our risks and challenges, making sure that we have the knowledge and professionals in place to steer the company creatively and strategically, and with your pledges and support, that we are confident that BitterSuite will flourish.
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    Guide to your senses: Month of Play

    EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO ONLINE GUIDE
    Especially curated for Kickstarter; everyday in October, BitterSuite will send you an update of music, ponderings, somatic and sensory games and techniques specially designed by the company's artistic director and creative team.

    Month of Play will open up new ways for you to experience your day to day environment, interactions and perspectives.

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    Personal touches BRONZE

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    PLUS a personalised "TOUCH ME" tote bag

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    Personal touches GOLD

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    PLUS a personalised "TOUCH ME" tote bag
    PLUS original sketches of graphic notations created for the process
    PLUS a subscription to the Month of Play

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    Exclusive BitterSuite Experience

    A single ticket to an exclusive, fully sensory BitterSuite concert
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    PLUS Refreshments

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    Find out first hand what we're up to before we premier. With this reward we invite you to our devising workshop to be a body to test our new experience on!

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    PLUS Refreshments
    PLUS Touch Me Tote Bag
    PLUS Special edition of London Smooth fragrance by Sarah McCartney

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    Exclusive BitterSuite Experience for 2

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    Experience: Movement & Taste Masterclass

    Be guided by practitioner Eileih Muir in how to think differently about flavour and restaurants - how can thinking about the physical body inside restaurant spaces impact on our decisions within the restaurant, performance and the creative sector.

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    Experience: Pilates and Somatic Practice

    One-to-one or group somatic and Pilates practice session available with expert practitioner Anna Pearce

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    Dance & Movement Psychotherapy

    One-to-one Dance & Movement therapy workshop with trained NHS practitioner Marah Wilson

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    Experience: Psychology Masterclass

    A private Psychology session exploring your brain, your world and perception in relation to synaesthesia with Dr Clare Jonas (UEL)

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    Experience: Synaesthetic Thinking

    A masterclass with the BitterSuite Artistic Director Stephanie Singer - leading you through the intricacies and creativity involved in applying synaesthesia to creativity, and cross-modality and how this can impact your creativity

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    Personalised Synaesthetic Composition

    Collaborate with composer and BitterSuite's resident synaesthete, Lawrence Becko.

    Based on a description of yourself and your name Lawrence will compose a synaesthetic, musical response that conveys his synaesthetic experience of your name and characteristics.

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    Experience: Music Masterclass

    A private music lesson with internationally regarded violinist, composer and leader of string ensemble Phaedra Phillip Grannel.

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    Experience: Perfume Workshop

    Have a private perfume making workshop with award winning perfumer Sarah McCartney, designing and building your very own scent

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    Private Classical Concert

    A private string quartet performance in a space of your choosing, with a musical programme curated just for you.

    This can be an event for family, friends, clients, your front room, business park or elsewhere. Offered by Phaedra Ensemble.

    All shipping costs to be negotiated.

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    Experience: Private Meal for Six

    A private meal for SIX people with a SEVEN COURSE tasting menu of sensory treats and delights and culinary mastery with Chef Of The Year Finalist Adam Thomasson.

    To take place in his kitchen in North London.

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    Experience: Your very own BitterSuite

    22nd October

    A fully private concert decked out for you, friends, family, clients.

    Bespoke cocktails
    Touch me tote bag
    Essential Oils
    Surprise gifts
    and Private musical massage

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Funding period

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