RITUÆLS (film-concert)

collectif9 announce the online release of the film-concert Rituæls on December 11, 2020 at 8pm. A 60-minute feature-length film, this production brings together works dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st 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 macroscopic, 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)


Rituæls will be broadcast for free for the first time on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm, 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.

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm
available at http://www.collectif9.ca
Free until Dec. 13 | $10 after Dec. 13
Facebook event: fb.me/e/1QuYLbzJD
Donations accepted: http://www.gofundme.com/collectif9


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

Stacey Désilier photo: Clément Dietz


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, London). Inspired by the processes of other artistic movements, collectif9 continually searches for new ways of expression within the classical medium, fostering communication and collaboration between artists of all kinds and members of society.

For more information, please contact:
Thibault Bertin-Maghit

A short video shot last year that features clips from the program.

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1 Response to RITUÆLS (film-concert)

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi Leslie, thank you for spreading the word! We are very much looking forward to this premiere. The countdown begins…

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