ICTUS is a contemporary music ensemble from Brussels, subsidised by the Flemish Community. Formed "on the road" with choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, since 1994 its home has been the premises of the Rosas dance company, which it often accompanies. Ictus is a permanent collective of co-opted musicians. Its programming explores the whole field of modern music written from 1950 to the present-day, with preference given to the present-day. A sound engineer is a regular member of the ensemble in the same way as the musicians are, evidence of how comfortable our generation is with electric and electronic instruments. Through concerts with commentary (first at the Kaai, then at the Lille Opera House, now at Flagey), Ictus speaks to the audience: yes, contemporary music can be spoken. Bozar, Kaaitheater and Flagey are the partners for the Brussels season, which encounters a cultivated – but non-specialist – audience. Since 2004, the ensemble has also been in residence at the Lille Opera House. Ictus has created an educational platform for performers (in the form of workshops) and composers (in the form of a two-year fellowship) and developed a collection of discs with fifteen or so titles. Most of the great halls and the best festivals have already played host to it (Musica Strasbourg, Witten, Brooklyn Academy of Music, le Festival d'Automne in Paris, Ars Musica, Milano Musica, Ultraschall, Wien Modern, and more).