BitterSuite was founded in 2014 to reimagine the concert experience through the senses. Founded by director and composer Stephanie Singer, and Somatic Practitioner Anna Pearce the company passionately explores and celebrates our sensory experience of the world. The company is built on research into crossmodal correspondences, synaesthesia and multi-sensory intergration. We apply this practical and academic learning to create multi-sensory concerts which deepen the experience of listening.
Our collaborators includes Somatic Practitioners, Neurologists, Psychologists, Dancers, Composers, Ensembles, Perfumers, Chefs and more. We are based in London, UK and our international network extends to France, Spain, Canada and the United States.
BitterSuite is pioneering a new way to experience music through all the senses. When you attend a BitterSuite event, you don’t just hear music with your ears - you feel it on your skin, taste harmonies, and smell melodies. Our work is rooted in changing the way that audiences listen to music through creating experiences which stimulate the senses in time with the music.
In the concerts you will be paired with a dancer who will lead you through a choreographed touch, taste and smell experience. Each sense being stimulated to deepen the experience of listening to that moment of the music. We have created full length sensory concerts / gigs:
· 2014: Debussy’s String Quartet (Rich Mix, Arnolfini, Brooklyn Academy of Music)
· 2014: Sensory Immersion (Arcola Theatre)
· 2015: The Sensory Score (FutureFest, Rich Mix, RoundHouse, TedX Hackney, Wilderness Festival)
· 2016-7: Tapestries (Royal Opera House)
· 2017-8: Illuminations (Future Fest, Royal Academy of Arts)
Our partners include Sense UK, HeartnSoul, Graeae Theatre, and we have featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Time Out, Vice, I-D Magazine, ITV, The Guardian, BBC Radio 3, BBC Bristol.
THE LAB is BitterSuite's experimental and collaborative hub. In the BitterSuite lab we work with sensory experts to create multi-sensory works and events that teach us about the body and the senses.
Our partners include: The Royal Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bristol Arnolfini, The Arcola Theatre, Rich Mix London, The Roundhouse, TedX Hackney, Wilderness Festival, Nesta, Sense UK, Heart n Soul, LICA Department of Architecture for Social Innovations, The New York City Ballet, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc), The National Gallery, Old Trumans Brewery, The Institute of Philosophy at UCL.