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...
- Creating and performing over 40 sold-out fully immersive sensory concerts for classical music such as Debussy’s String Quartet in G and The Sensory Score with commissions and support from Nesta, Arts Council England, Sense UK, Wilderness Festival, TedX, and Netil House.
- Running inspired and fully sensory classical music workshops for all; from business executives to young people, vulnerable adults those with multi sensory-impairments
- Generating national press coverage: The Guardian, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Bristol, Oxford Press, ITV, BCFM
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.
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.
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.
Help us on our journey,
- (37 days)