Florian Cousin: flute

EUR-TEXT – Back to the future!

The EUR-TEXT has been funded with support from the European Commission within Culture Programme – intended to support projects and initiatives to celebrate Europe’s cultural diversity and enhance our shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border co-operation between cultural operators and institutions. The project’s name EUR-TEXT is inspired by the German word URTEXT which means ‘original text sources’. The interpretation of Schubert’s Symphony num. 9 on period instruments; a fashion show inspired from the classical paintings; the juxtaposition of a Mozart string quartet and its variations by a young contemporary composer are some of the projects within EUR-TEXT that portray a dialogue between past and present, thus “back to the future!”. The main objective of the EUR-TEXT project is to connect contemporary expression with European cultural heritage.

EUR-TEXT brings together artists from different fields (classical and contemporary music, fashion, visual arts) to undertake research, realisation and presentation of their work in an interdisciplinary context through:

  • Rediscovering, and editing of scores for the classical and romantic repertoire performed on period instruments.
  • Composition of new contemporary instrumental works inspired by 18th and 19th century music.
  • Conception and presentation of a fashion show inspired by art and fashion from 1750 to 1880 in relationship to a music programme from the same period.
  • Exhibitions of artworks (paintings, graphics, drawings) realised for the corresponding fashion design and music project.

EUR-TEXT is organised by four institutions from four different European countries:

  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes – France
  • Soundscapes | Maltese Association for Contemporary Music – Malta
  • Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź – Poland
  • Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně – Czech Republic