Why

We Spoke is a new-music company based in London and Lausanne and directed by the percussionist Serge Vuille. The name “We Spoke” merges “we speak” – our desire to communicate both the complexity and beauty of new music – with “bespoke”, reflecting our wish to put it in context within the wider performing arts landscape.

Inspired by the thoughtful, rigorous tradition of classical chamber music, we perform adventurous interpretations of new works, collaborative creations and repertoire from the new-music canon. Since 2009 we have developed a varied body of productions, as well as partnerships with composers, performers, artists, dancers, stage directors and designers including Fritz Hauser, Jacques Demierre, Christian Kesten, Matthew Shlomowitz, Juliet Fraser, Mark Knoop, Tancredo Tavares (Béjart school), Nefeli Skarmea, Martin Creed and the biohacking laboratory Hackuarium.

 

How

We Spoke : themed, percussion-based productions

We Spoke : creative and original collaborations

We Spoke : new perspectives on interpretation and live performance

We Spoke : flexible staging designed for touring

We Spoke : fully integrated creative workshops for children, students

 

Where

We Spoke has performed extensively in Switzerland, the UK and South America, at festivals and venues including Festival de la Cité and Le Bourg, Lausanne; Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich; Gare du Nord, Basel; Dampfzentrale Bern; Espace Forde, Geneva; Cité Universitaire, Paris; Unerhörte Musik, Berlin; Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Florence; the Lima Contemporary Music Festival; SESC São Paulo; Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro; Turner Sims, Southampton; and Cafe OTO, Kings Place, the London Ear Festival and the Royal College of Music in London.