BENJAMIEN LYCKE Composer - Producer - Conductor
Benjamien Lycke is a Belgium/London based composer. His work includes many different styles and projects, ranging from soundtracks and arrangements for short films, commercials and games (i.a. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Syndicate), over contemporary classical concert-music to full featured musicals/operas (two of which he conducted himself in the musical-theatre Capitole Ghent) and from acoustic to electronic music. Recent and future engagements include writing for The Flemish Symphonic Orchestra, The Flemish National Classical Radio (Klara), Music Hall, Concertgebouw Brugge and The Chamber Players (BE).
He studied with David Anne and obtained both his Bachelor and Master in Music Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) with Lucient Posman. As graduation project he wrote, composed and produced the opera ACUBENS which was broadcast on Belgian national television (VRT) and re-staged.
With creative peers he founded SynArt (http://synart.eu) , a non-profit organisation which has as its objective to create contemporary artworks (on-stage performances and concerts) through a synergy of different art forms. This resulted into their first opera-like production: MONU a multimedia requiem of war, in context of the commemoration of World War 1 staged Concertgebouw Brugge. Currently he is studying Composing for Screen as a postgraduate scholar supported by a Clifton Parker Award at The Royal College of Music (London) with Joseph Horovitz, Francis Shaw and Simon Holt.
MAHLON BERV Composer - Producer
Mahlon is a composer of film and concert music, having studied with Francis Shaw at the Royal College of Music, Sven-David Sandström and Claude Baker at the Jacobs School of Music. His works have been performed in Paris, London, New York, and Indiana and he is the winner of several composition awards. He was a participant in the 2013 NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, a Dean's Award Scholar at Indiana University, and New York Art Ensemble Emerging Composer in 2011. Mahlon is finishing his Master of Composition in Composition for Screen at RCM and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Composition and Philosophy at the Jacobs School of Music. Mahlon also has a web presence and his youtube channel has over 38,000 views.
LAURA ATTRIDGE Librettist
Laura is a young writer and director of opera and theatre, with a passion for collaborative creative work. As a poet she has been published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and has had song cycles performed at Glyndebourne, Bard College NY and the National Gallery. Laura's first opera, 'Now', written with Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence Lewis Murphy, premiered at the Royal College of Music in 2014 in association with Tête-à-Tête Festival, and is currently in development into a full chamber opera for performance in 2017.
Laura is founder and Artistic Director of And So Forth (ASF), an opera and theatre company dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration between exceptional emerging artists. Laura directed and co-wrote ASF's inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch, which premiered at the Asylum Chapel in 2015.
Having achieved First Class Honours in English Literature from Newcastle University, Laura subsequently undertook postgraduate training in Vocal Studies at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2014. Since then, she has worked as an Assistant Director for English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls Opera, British Youth Opera and the Royal Academy of Music. She has directed pieces of new writing for theatre at the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People's Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. In 2015 Laura directed 'La Bohème' for Opera Loki's France/UK tour and is looking forward to working with the company again this year on a new production of 'Cosi fan tutte'.
MIEN BOGAERT Director
Mien Bogaert (°1992) is a librettist, dramaturg and stage director. He studied Art Science at the University of Ghent, specializing in opera. During his studies, he did an internship in the Flemish Opera House and wrote his master degree thesis about art as a vanguard of the – for the continuation of the European integration highly necessary – European public sphere. Mien Bogaert reviewed many opera and ballet performances for BILL Youth Magazine and works since 2013 as a freelance dramaturge. Today, he lives in Germany, studying opera stage direction at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. In 2013 he founded with Benjamien Lycke, Jason Slabbynck, Simon Decraene and Mithra Van Eenhooge the artist collective synART. Their first performance, the multimedia requiem of war MONU premiered in the Concert Hall of Bruges on April the 22th, 2015. Working together with the Munich composer Florian Huber, Mien Bogaert presented a music theatrical version of Willem Elsschots novel Het Dwaallicht at the BRUTKASTEN Festival Hamburg in juli 2015. His first studyproject in Hamburg was the staging of the the satirical ballet chanté Die sieben Todsünden (Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht). In februar 2016, Mien Bogaert also directed Vier Heuvels: Liefde in tijden van oorlog, an semi-staged opera project set up by the baroque orchestra Il Fondamento (founded by Paul Dombrecht) and the conservatories of Amsterdam, Ghent and Brussels.
TALITHA DE DECKER Choreographer
At the age of 6, Talitha was bit by a dance bug. Entering the school of Contemporary Dance, Kunsthumaniora Brussel, being 16 years young, concepts as improvisation and composition triggered her interest. There, she could develop her dance technique yet also develop her creative capacities. The Fontys Dansacademie (NL), where she did a 4 year Bachelor, was a logical choice in continuation of her pré-education at Brussels. After two years BA Modern Dance Theatre, Talitha continued her study with the BA Choreography. ‘SNAP’ the piece she made for her finals was selected for a Young-Maker-Price for a performing arts festival Theater Aan Zee (2014 Ostend, BE).
Since her graduation, Talitha takes every challenge on her way. She commits herself to numerous projects in collaboration with other choreographers, composers and works both with amateur and professional dancers. Her last performance was supported by Theater De Nieuwe Vorst.
EVA WAGNER Concept Artist - Animator
Eva is a London based 2D animator and film maker. Her love for drawing and story telling started in childhood inspired by fairy tales and mythology and persisted into her current career choice. She has been taking regular life-drawing classes for ten years and is always found sketching in her spare time. Eva graduated from the University of Wales Newport in 2011, since then her graduation film Sun & Moon was screened and nominated in several film festival across the country and won best animation at Fresh film festival in Bristol.
Eva proceeded to work in the animation industry for animation film director Richard Swarbrick (working for clients such as Adidas, theSun magazine and ESPN). After three years of working in advertising Eva decided to move into film and was employed by composer Howard Blake and his art director Mark Reeve on Howard's new animation film The Land of Counterpane. She has since decided to apply to the Royal College of Art. This is where she is currently studying for her MA in animation.
IRINA JIBERT Producer
After graduating from Assas Law School in Paris, Irina obtained a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy and worked as an assistant mediator for International Organisations. Her enthusiasm for the arts led her to oversee the publication of a new interdisciplinary art revue for the UNESCO affiliated association Communic’art. The revue covered dance, music, sculpture, installation, poetry, visual arts and land art. As the editor of the revue, she built prestigious partnerships and sponsorships with artists such as the dancer Angelin Preljocaj, the video artist Bill Viola, the cineast, artist and poet Alexandro Jodorowsky, the visual artists Jan Fabre and Sophie Calle, the architect Philippe Starck, the street artist Banksy, and the land artist Andy Goldsworthy. Irina is now undertaking a Master's degree in Arts and Cultural Management at King's College London with the aim of pursuing a career as a producer for performing arts.