After 15 years of existence, Multilatérale now fully embraces its multi-faceted identity, cherished dearly by artistic director, Yann Robin.
Dedicated to broadcasting the repertoire for Ensemble and defending a broad variety of aesthetics, Multi- laterale also places emphasis on collaborating with a wide range of artistic elds (musical theatre, dance, digital arts, literature, cinema...). The appointment of Léo Warynski as musical director in 2013 has given the Ensemble a chance to explore a new direction, allowing regular collaborations with Vocal Ensemble Les Métaboles of which Léo Warynski is the musical director as well.
This artistic openness, doubled with a team of curious and committed world-class musicians, provides an ideal space of expression and experimentation for creators eager to curate innovative projects. It’s un- surprising that, throughout the years, the ensemble has developed strong relations with equally bold partners such as Ircam, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Gmem - French national centre for musical creation - Marseille, La Muse en circuit or the ExperimentalStudio SWR Freibourg. Multilatérale has progressively established itself as one of the leading names in French musical creation, playing at major festivals such as Manifeste, Présences, Musica, Les Musiques and major stages such as the Opéra de Nîmes, the Opéra de Nancy, the Théâtre de Caen, the T2G, the scène nationale de Saint- Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Multilatérale has developed a strong international presence - appearing in festivals such as Cervantino (Mexico), Controtempo (Rome), La Biennale di Venezia, Archipel (Geneva), X-Tract (Berlin), Sinkro (Spain), Sound Ways (Russia) - and a special bond with South East Asia while touring Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia three years in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The Ensemble has also a strong focus on transmission and working with the next generation of composers. Multilatérale has collaborated with numerous composition classes and academies.
After initiating and managing the Université d’Altitude for 3 years, Multilaterale has this year created a new, bi-national, composition university: ARCO (Art, Research and Creation Opus 2019), in partnership with Les Métaboles, Tana string quartet, Gmem-Marseille and Mozarteum Universität – Salzbourg.
The Ensemble Multilatérale receives subventions from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication / Drac Ile-de-France in the form of aid to government-regulated ensembles; Spedidam and SACEM for its overall activity. The Ensemble is a member of FEVIS and the “Futurs composés” network.