This London-based company, led by artistic director Patrick Eakin Young, produces ambitious, multi-disciplinary work that puts music at the centre of powerful storytelling. Believing in the capacity of song to speak to the core of human experience, ERRATICA combines the voice—sung, spoken, live or recorded—with text, video, dance, and technology to create work that defies categorisation. These music-driven voyages explore new forms and narratives, engaging diverse audiences through gallery exhibitions, bespoke installations, and live theatre performances.
Laying claim to a wide array of visual, textual, and musical inspirations, ERRATICA collaborates with leading practitioners in diverse fields. This openness has led them to combine the shadow puppetry of Manual Cinema with the writing of Fernando de Rojas in La Celestina (2015): a 12-channel, site-specific installation opera commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their Vélez Blanco patio. It drew them to set their deconstructed music-theatre piece Triptych (2014) in an exhibition of fake-fakes designed by original YBA artist Gavin Turk. It compelled them to combine holographic physical theatre with Renaissance madrigals in their chamber work Toujours et Près de Moi (2012), and brought them to interweave traditional Balkan vocal music with deep bass electronics and contemporary dance in their most recent stage work, Remnants (2017). Although music is their starting point, ERRATICA are forever striving to combine unlikely bedfellows in startling new contexts, to push the formal boundaries to the point where they create compelling, vibrant, and unique theatrical experiences.
Regularly presenting their work at the Print Room Coronet in London, they have partnered or presented with The Victoria and Albert Museum, Rambert Dance, The Royal Opera House, Dance Umbrella London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2018 and 2019, they will be touring their holographic puppet opera Toujours et Près de Moi and their dance-theatre work Remnants in the UK and internationally. FOR AMUSEMENT PURPOSES ONLY, an interactive experience that allows the audience to compose and choreograph material by playing a reprogrammed pinball machine, is currently being developed in partnership with Rambert Dance, Dance Umbrella London and Arts Council England, and will premiere in early 2019.