What happens when the avant-garde of modern art,
music, theatre and literature unite?
A mezzo-soprano, three musicians, a composer, a poet and an architect –
FIGURA Ensemble is a musical collective with a mind of its own.
Each of the seven artists of FIGURA are among Denmark’s most respected –
Helene Gjerris, Jesper Egelund, Frans Hansen, Anna Klett, Peter Bruun,
Filippa Berglund and Ursula Andkjær Olsen.
Together, over the last 20 years, FIGURA has challenged both collaborators and audiences alike with exceptional concerts and modern music theatre – not to mention their ‘Small Composers’ workshops that reach out to the coming generation of music-lovers.
FIGURA is administrated by
Jesper Egelund and Stine Marie Mortensen
FIGURA'S RECENT AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Peter Bruun was nominated for the Carl Award 2017
Helene Gjerris received the Danish Radio P2 prizefor
Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Nørgård
Ursula Andkjær Olsen received Montana's Literature Prize 2012
for the collection of poems The Heart of the 3rd Millennium
FIGURA's Small Composers received the YEAH! Young EARopean Award
Ursula Andkjær Olsen received Holbergmedaljen 2011
Helene Gjerris received the Danish Composer's Society's Musician Price
FIGURA Ensemble received the most prestigious Danish Theatre Award, The Reumert Prize for the Best Children Theatre of the Year 2009. The awarded play "The Story of a Mother", is a co-production with Corona La Balance/ZeBU. H.C. Andersen’s moving story told through modern music theatre with contemporary music by the composer Steingrímur Rohloff.
Ursula Andkjær Olsen was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2009 and was awarded by the National Arts Foundation Literature Committee for her literary work “Havet er en scene” (The ocean is a stage).
Peter Bruun won the Nordic Council Music Prize 2008 for the opera MIKI ALONE with libretto by Ursula Andkjær Olsen. MIKI ALONE is a musical monodrama - a chamber opera for one voice and four musicians, the monologue of a human being in a belligerent world - about a modern woman's life - subtitled Seven Songs for a mad Woman. It was premiered with FIGURA in 2002 at Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen - as a huge success.