“I am keen to create opera in a new way – creating serial narrative, sharing progress online, and working with the visual arts from the very start, rather than adding them later. It is on this foundation that Pinch Punch is built.”
Cevanne is a composer, singer and harper who works across art forms, for both acoustic and electronic settings. Anglo-Armenian, and born in Suffolk, she grounds her work in the British isles, digging into their rich soil to find artefacts which we would not always imagine to be native.
Cevanne was recently the composer-in-residence with the London Symphony Orchestra at the National Trust property 575 Wandsworth Road (2015 - 2017), and, before that, at Handel & Hendrix in London (2012 - 2014). She is currently a finalist for two British Composer Awards – the Chamber category (Khadambi’s House, written for the LSO), and Jazz (Muted Lines, written for Trish Clowe & the Emulsion Sinfonietta).
Seta is an actress, director and theatre-maker. Her most recent work has focused on Armenian culture and heritage. This includes Armania – Armenian music and poetry explored in the context of Shakespeare, directed and devised by Seta (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Salon Mashup – a site- specific performance and art event which saw a collaboration between 40 artists, devised by Seta (Shoreditch Town Hall); Namus – a collaborative project between British and Armenian artists, which Seta performed in and produced (Sadler’s Wells, London and NPAK, Armenia).
Seta has directed 5 Armenian operas – Anoush, Garineh, Davit Bek, Sayat Nova and Fire Ring, which premiered at the Arcola’s Grimeborn Festival. Seta was artistic consultant to the British Council, Armenia on Unlimited, which saw the establishment of Armenia’s first inclusive theatre dance company.
Martha Orbach is an award-winning artist and image-maker who tells stories through drawing, printmaking and animation. She’s currently working on White Out - an animated story about a man and his brain. Her recent project ‘The Garden’ was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation. ‘this skin we’re in’ was funded by the Arts Council and Maudsley Charity and won a fringe award at Deptford X 2014 - London’s Contemporary Arts Festival. Her book project We go to Sea with You was launched 2013, and is on sale at the bookarts bookshop. She was awarded the ‘Word and Image’ Prize at the V&A Inspired By… competition 2011. She studied at Camberwell College of Art, London College of Communication, and the University of East Anglia.
“Accomplished, original and beguiling.”
Gill Saunders, V&A
"To me, all singing is storytelling. Opera takes it to the limit."
Ziazan is a conservatoire-trained musician. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican, Handel House and Latitude Festival.
Aside from her work in opera both on stage and in the pit, Ziazan has written stage plays, tales in verse for performance, short stories, and a children's opera. She performs as a storyteller across the UK, and has twice had the opportunity to share the stage with the first Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas, MBE.