La Rêveuse

Baroque music, Récital, Chamber music, Church music

La Rêveuse

Founded by Benjamin Perrot and Florence Bolton, La Rêveuse is an ensemble of solo musicians that works on the heritage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a period rich in artistic experiments and inventions of all kinds.

La Rêveuse is frequently invited to appear in prestigious venues in France (Auditorium de Radio France, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Les Concerts Parisiens, Fontevraud Abbey, Théâtre de l’Athénée, the Chambord and Radio-France Montpellier festivals, the Scènes Nationales of Orléans, Blois, and Quimper, the TNP de Villeurbanne, etc.) and abroad, notably in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Japan, the United States and Canada. The ensemble’s recordings have all been acclaimed by the French and international press and received numerous awards, including fff Télérama, Choc Classica of the Year, Choix de France Musique, 5 croches on Pizzicato, selection in the Bestenliste for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, among many others. Wishing to forge links between the different artistic disciplines, the ensemble often collaborates with the world of the theatre and literature in order to give a new slant to classic texts. Among the notable productions it has premiered are L’Autre Monde ou les États et Empires de la Lune by Cyrano de Bergerac and Les Caractères de La Bruyère with the actor and director Benjamin Lazar, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Molière/Lully with Catherine Hiegel and François Morel, Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Molière/Lully with Théâtre de l’Éventail (Raphaël de Angelis) and L’Heure verte, a show focusing on the poets of the Cabaret du Chat Noir, with the composer Vincent Bouchot. La Rêveuse also works regularly with youth audiences: in 2016 it created Jack et le haricot magique, a puppet show based on illustrations by the artist Walter Crane, which has enjoyed great success ever since. Alongside this, the ensemble has developed over the past few years a series of concert-lectures, aimed at museums and media libraries, which bring out parallels between music and painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Each year, La Rêveuse undertakes educational and outreach projects with primary and secondary school students. One recent project, Les Lettres persanes revisitées, with migrants studying at schools in Orléans, was a finalist for the Prix de l’Audace Culturelle et Artistique 2016.

La Rêveuse has also invested in knowledge transfer through the creation of Les Ateliers de Musique Ancienne (Early Music Workshops), which aim to introduce the music and arts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to a wide audience through a range of activities, including courses and educational projects at the Conservatoire d’Orléans (intended for young musicians embarking on a professional career and experienced amateurs), lectures and ‘discovery concerts’. In 2017 La Rêveuse was awarded the Gold Medal of the Académie Arts-Sciences-Lettres for its overall achievement. In 2018 it obtained the label ‘European Cultural Heritage Year’ attributed by the Ministry of Culture and the label LEONARDO DA VINCI, 500 Years of Renaissance(S] in the Centre-Val de Loire Region. Each autumn La Rêveuse organises a tour of rural areas in the Centre-Val de Loire Region on board the Opérabus, a bus converted into a mobile concert hall. This project has won many prizes: Prix Défis FFEA 2018, Prix Mobilité & Culture of the Fondation PSA 2018, Prix 10 000 Volts of the Fondation EDF, Coup de Cœur of the Fondation SNCF, special mention at Les Chatons d’Or 2019.

La Rêveuse receives support from the Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Centre–Val de Loire) and the Région Centre–Val de Loire as an ‘ensemble conventionné’, and from the Ville d’Orléans. Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the principal patron of La Rêveuse. The ensemble’s vocal activity also receives support from the Fondation Orange. La Rêveuse is a member of the professional bodies FEVIS and Profedim and of the Bureau-Export.