O/Modernt (translated as 'Un/Modern’) is a unique concept devised by the violinist Hugo Ticciati that explores the vital connections between ancient and contemporary culture and expresses itself in the following ways:
1. Festival O/Modernt: The weeklong summer festival at Ulriksdals Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm
2. O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra: Associate ensemble at Kings Place, resident ensemble at Musikaliska, Stockholm
3. O/Modernt String Quartet: Julian Arp, Gareth Lubbe, Daniel Rowland & Hugo Ticciati
4. O/Modernt commissioning: Over 50 compositions, artworks and publications since 2011
5. Educational Outreach in conjunction with the specialist Music School Lilla Akademien, Stockholm
Founded in 2011 by Hugo Ticciati, Festival O/MODERNT is dedicated to the discovery of vital artistic connections between old and new. The festival’s home is Confidencen, a rococo theatre belonging to the Royal Palace of Ulriksdal, on the outskirts of Stockholm, that was built in 1670 as a riding school and transformed into a theatre in 1753. Each year O/Modernt takes as its starting point a composer who lived and worked around the time that Confidencen was brought into being, creating a week-long programme of musical and other events with a thematic focus. The last three years were ‘Rameau and the Vertical’, ‘Gluck and Neoclassicism’ and ‘Scarlatti and the Twofold’.
Festival O/Modernt pursues its founding principle with vigour and imagination, bringing together the ancient and the modern in the form of music, dance, art, sculpture, literature and scholarship.
As part of its literary programme, O/Modernt published Vertical Realities, a bilingual anthology of specially commissioned pieces, Ekphrasis, a book in blank verse about the American sculptor, Richard Serra, and The New Potato Eaters, a book of essays exploring responses to the pictures painted by Vincent Van Gogh while he was living in the Dutch town of Nuenen (1883–85).
As T. S. Eliot brilliantly said: 'Art may change but it doesn’t improve'.
Creating mutually illuminating links between old and new, Festival O/Modernt embraces this maxim with unequalled energy and passion.