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Ictus Ensemble

Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. Founded by Belgium's Flemish Community, and formed while "on the road" with the Flemish choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, the ensemble's home since 1994 has been the Rosas dance company's premises. Headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the dance troupe has often been accompanied by Ictus.
Ictus is a permanent group of 20 or so co-opted musicians. A sound engineer is a regular presence in their midst, as are the various instrumentalists – a sign of the massive movement ensembles are seen to be making towards the status of a mixed "electric orchestra". The issue of formats and listening systems has now been put in the mix: mini or maxi concerts, mystery programmes (the Blind Dates in Ghent), concerts with comments, concerts-cum-festivals where the audience is at liberty to roam around the stages (Liquid Room concerts).
Ictus joins forces with Bozar and the Kaaitheater (Brussels) every year to develop a season with which to regale audiences in Brussels. The line-up of performances is an opportunity to experiment with new programmes to be offered to a non-specialist audience with broad cultural interests, people with an enthusiasm for theatre dance and music. The ensemble has also been in residence at the Opéra de Lille since 2004. In addition to substantive work with the Opera, the ensemble also presents a stage production (almost) every year, like “Avis de Tempête” by Georges Aperghis back in 2004, or “La Métamorphose” by Michaël Levinas in 2011.
Ictus has also formed a partnership with the Ghent School of Arts to launch a study programme, an Advanced Master's degree course, focused on interpreting contemporary music. Their collection of recordings consists of more than 20 titles, released at the Cyprès label.
Ictus has performed in most of the major concert halls and leading festivals (Musica Strasbourg, Witten, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Autumn Festival in Paris, Ars Musica, Royaumont, Milano Musica, Wien Modern).

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