collectif9's new project RITUÆLS premiering on December 11!

Updated: May 26

collectif9 ⬗ RITUÆLS

Friday, December 11, 2020, 8pm (EST)

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collectif9 is announcing the online release of the film-concert Rituæls on December 11, 2020 at 8pm (EST). A 60-minute feature-length film, this production brings together works dating from the Middle Ages to the 21 st century, launching a series of films that create various multidisciplinary universes.


With the desire to nurture our connection with audiences, collectif9 has reimagined our 2020-21 season as a series of film-concerts; complete concert programs combining live performance footage and cinematographic footage, recorded in the highest quality - the equivalent of a visual album. In the same way that a concert is designed to be presented on stage, the film-concert is specifically conceived for viewing on the screen, creating a musical experience enriched by visual and artistic elements.


The first film-concert in the series, Rituæls slowly and meticulously offers moments of beauty and calm during a time of mental and emotional turbulence. Rituæls is a mystical artistic experience confronting the infinitely large to the infinitely small, the cosmic with the microscopic, delicately questioning our place in the universe and in relation to our environment. The performance of the charismatic dancer Stacey Désilier accompanies us through the concert like a supreme presence, complementing this imagery.

The musical performance itself can be seen as an grand artistic ceremony during which the musicians occupy several spaces throughout the Church of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre in Montréal in a way that echoes the grandeur and depth of the pieces on the program and becomes our own ritual. The lighting, scenography, and staging contribute to the creation of a succession of moments that transport us and invite contemplation, creating a moment of connection despite what separates us.


Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): O vis aeternitatis

Arvo Pärt (born 1935): Psalom and Summa

Nicole Lizée (born 1973): Another Living Soul

Bryce Dessner (born 1976): Aheym and Tenebre

Michael Tippett (1905-1998): Lament

Jocelyn Morlock (born 1969): Exaudi (in an arrangement for solo cello and strings)

The music begins with a murmuring drone, from which the slow, monodic chant of medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen appears. From there, seamlessly into Arvo Pärt’s Psalom, which follows a style reminiscent of medieval and renaissance music - later we will play Pärt’s enigmatic Summa. Nicole Lizée is inspired by art forms of the recent past (in this case stop-motion animation) and creates a serene world that is backed by intense detail, within which “the impossible becomes possible — souls emerge from where once there were none.” The relationship between darkness and light guides Bryce Dessner’s Tenebre, and his Aheym brings guides us through a journey (the title translates to “Homeward” in Yiddish).

Michael Tippett’s Lament expresses grief using Purcell’s aria Ah! Belinda, during which a solo violin comments with a barely recognizable variation an Irish popular tune of the Renaissance, while Jocelyn Morlock’s Exaudi, also an expression of grief, includes hope. She writes of the piece: “the music moves us from an inability to comprehend our loss to passionate cries of anguish, to acceptance and angelic reassurance.” Exaudi was originally written for vocal ensemble and solo cello, and has been arranged for collectif9 by Thibault Bertin-Maghit.


The sound and video were captured during performances of the full program, including staging and physical transitions in real time, in order to create a performance that is as organic and spontaneous as a live concert.

collectif9, as a main focus, is committed to advancing the practice of chamber music, and considers the creation of the concert as a whole to be part of our artistic practice, as are the creation of our arrangements and adaptations, demonstrating the artistic possibilities of a modern chamber ensemble. Rituæls is a concert in which we are creating an all-encompassing, introspective experience, wherein the changes of energy that create interest and narrative are of a different nature and subtlety from our earlier productions.


Rituæls will be broadcast for free for the first time on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm (EST), and will be accompanied by a discussion with the members of the group. The film-concert will be accessible free of charge for a period of 48 hours, after which it will be available for rental on our website until January 11, 2021.

To support the activities of collectif9 and accompany us in this new adventure, you can contribute to our fundraiser here:


Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm (EST)

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Chloé Chabanole, John Corban, Robert Margaryan, Elizabeth Skinner, violin

Scott Chancey, Xavier Lepage-Brault, viola

Jérémie Cloutier, Andrea Stewart, cello

Thibault Bertin-Maghit, double bass


Stacey Désilier, dancer


Conception & artistic direction: Thibault Bertin-Maghit

Video production: Benoit Fry & Lucas Harrison Rupnik

Audio production: Carl Talbot

Lighting: Alexandre Péloquin

Scenography: Joëlle Harbec


Montréal’s classical string band collectif9 has been attracting varied audiences since their 2011 debut. Known for their innovative programming and unique arrangements of classical repertoire, the group performs “with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote). collectif9 has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia. The group operates on the premise that a change of context can influence communication and experience.

collectif9 presents several new programmes every season in Montréal, Canada, and their national and international touring schedule includes performances in chamber music series, festivals, universities, and more. Recent highlights include concerts in the Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico), La Folle journée de Nantes (France), and Sound Unbound (Barbican Centre, Lon