2017 Projects



“Collision is ahead of us. The end of the world is near.”

Berlin, 1928: a strange Green Globe is on course to collide with Earth, and panic is rife in the streets. With lovers star-crossed and citizens inciting revolt, only the High Commissioner of Order can organise the final curtain. Irreverent cabaret-opera Collision begs the question: how would you spend your world's end weekend? 

Collision started life in 1928 as a libretto by avant-garde visual artist Kurt Schwitters. Part madcap farce and part nihilistic satire, it was Schwitters' first and only foray into the opera world, and was never realised during his lifetime. 90 years on, Spectra Ensemble recreates Collision as a fully-staged opera set to new cabaret- and jazz-influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a set inspired by Schwitters' own brand of collage art. 

Greenwood Theatre, London
24-25 May 2017

Arcola Theatre
17-19 August 2017
(Grimeborn Festival)

Creative Team

Cecilia Stinton - Director
Lewis Coenen-Rowe - Composer
Sean Morris - Musical Director
Holly Muir - Set Designer
John Pham - Lighting Designer
Ruth Spencer Jolly - Graphic Designer
Caitlin Fretwell Walsh - Choreographer
Jessie Anand - Producer
Isabella Hubbard - Production Assistant


Masterly - Juliet Wallace
Virmula / Jailbird - Barnaby Beer
Alma / Saleslady / School Principal / Paperboy - Olivia Sjöberg
Rommel / Schmitt - Henry George Page
Paulsen - Alexander Gebhard
Taa - Bethany Horak-Hallett


Clarinet - Robert Winup
Saxophone - Claudia Baum
Piano - Erchao Gu
Violin - Carlos Yeung
Cello - Harvey Gibbons

With thanks to previous cast, band and production team members: Miles Ashdown, Ines Cufflin Florido, Kathleen Greene, Fabian Helmrich, Nicolas Kent, Nick Lau, Freya Morgan, Alessia Naccarato, Benedict Ng, Eloise Riddell, Tom Rushton, Sharang Sharma, Sophia Stern, Beatrix Swanson Scott, Justin Tambini, Laura Wormington




Encounter love and loss as the story of the Virgin Mary, and her journey from freedom to constraint, is told through music and dance. 

Liturgie was first conceived by Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as a ballet-opera presenting the Orthodox rite as a total work of art. For a century, it lay unfinished. Spectra Ensemble’s production marked Liturgie‘s world premiere, combining designs drawn from Natalia Goncharova’s original plans with new music by Daniel Lee Chappell and new choreography by Camille Jetzer.  A contemporary twist on an age-old tale, Liturgie offers a powerful expression of female agency.

Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London
25 July 2017
(Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2017)

Liturgie premiered at By Other Means Gallery, Clapton, on 14 December 2016.

Creative Team

Director - Cecilia Stinton
Composer - Daniel Lee Chappell
Musical Director - Oliver Till
Choreographer - Camille Jetzer
Set Designer - Holly Muir
Costume Designer - Clare McGarrigle
Producer - Jessie Anand


Mary - Marlene Hell
Mary's Shadow - Mary Sol Martin del Castillo
Judas / Joseph - Fran Mangiacasale
Gabriel / Man of the People - Kudakwashe James Mushava
Man of the People / Saint John (Green Saint) - Claire Smith
Man of the People / Saint Luke (Yellow Saint) - Feliciana Robles Acosta
Man of the People / Saint Andrew (Orange Saint) - Ed Addison
Man of the People / Saint Mark (Purple Saint) - Ivan Isakov
Man of the People / Mage - Emily Everest-Philips
Man of the People / Mage - Anna Zanetti
Man of the People / Mage - Mengting Zhuo
Man of the People - Camille Jetzer


Fiona Hymns (solo), Letitia Perry, Aimee Presswood, Rosie Middleton, Rachel Maby, Pete Martin, Matt Pope, Timothy Edlin, Henry George Page


Flute - Amy Pryce
Clarinet - Seb Marshall
Horn - Joel Roberts
Violin - Clarice Morrish Rarity
Cello - Hannah Chappell
Piano - Daniel Lee Chappell

With thanks to previous cast, band and production team members: Eleftheria Anthimidou, Lavinia Johnson, Esther Kigozii, Greta Landers, Sam Rayner