Selected Works 2018

Winning Productions

The call for applications of the 4th Music Theatre NOW edition ended June 30th 2018.

436 participants from 55 countries registered for this edition.

 

10 first productions of new works, which were realized anywhere in the world since July 2015 were selected by a jury made up of internationally renowned theatre makers from five continents. Operas and music theatre large and small, works made for large opera houses, or works created for tiny venues, which are aesthetically innovative and reflect new developments in this genre from the various corners of the world, have been chosen:

 

The Jury

The international jury for Music Theatre NOW 2018 consists of Krystian Lada (dramaturg / Brussels), Neo Muyanga (composer and musician / Cape Town), Shoshana Polanco (creative producer / Mexico City), Liu Sola (composer, vocalist and author / Beijing) and Limor Tomer (general manager of concerts and lectures Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York).

Statement of the Jury

"The 2018 edition of Music Theatre NOW competition saw 436 applications by artists from all continents and representing a multitude of strategies within the music theatre field. This cultural and aesthetic diversity is reflected as well in the composition of the jury panel. The plurality of expertise and life-paths that are present among the jury members allowed us to approach and discuss the diversity of the submitted works.

 

In the diversity of our aesthetic preferences, we see need for productions that take risk. Artists must realise and understand what are the existing expectations in their immediate context and be ready to challenge these expectations. Innovation should be related to the context of the creation. Artistry needs to trust the audience and go beyond the fear-based-programming practice. Therefore, in our evaluation process we privileged artists that trust their communities and audiences, and are not afraid to challenge their perception. We privileged projects that embrace complexity from one or the other perspective, might it be on the political, dramaturgical or production level. We favoured new creations and original material, or original approach to existing forms. We gave our priority to the works that explore themes related to the social challenges of our times.

 

We didn’t apply a narrow definition of the music theatre genre. Therefore, we allowed the artists’ applications to guide us. We revisited all the works in their national and regional context. Our selection process privileged the projects that pushed the genre beyond where it currently exists in the local context. Many of the submitted projects are pan-national, involving artists from different cultural and aesthetic backgrounds. We focused on the works’ artistic and political manifestation, not on how well-known or established the makers are in the field.

 

We trust that the artists will re-define and evolve the genre of music theatre through the process of their experimentation. We came to the conclusion to surrender to the variety of forms of music theatre as represented by all works that were submitted to this edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition. We are aware that music theatre comes from the history of clearly defined terms. We searched for new paths of creativity and engagement with the audience. We were looking into how artists link their local context with the international trends and developments. 

 

While we may not come up with a tightly articulated definition of music theatre, through the process of judging we explored the complexity of the field. We feel that the definition of the music theatre as a genre shouldn’t align to one direction only. Moreover, music theatre today has been fed by the creative tensions present in the field. Intersectionality and heterogeneity is what we would propose as the characteristics at the core of the music theatre practice today."

(Jury of the 2018 edition of Music Theatre NOW competition)

Meeting

The 10 prizewinners will be invited to present their works (some live and some in short lectures with sound and video excerpts) at the international convention of Music Theatre NOW in Rotterdam in May 2019. Practitioners and presenters from all over the world will be in attendance. Music Theatre NOW and award winners are winning a unique opportunity for international exposure and invaluable networking opportunities and advice from other professionals.

In 2019 the convention will again be part of the annual performing arts festival OPERADAGEN in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and is scheduled May 18th-20th 2019.

 

More Information

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IYOV: Vladyslav Troitskyi (Director, Ukraine) / Roman Hryhoriv (Conductor / Composer, Ukraine) / Illia Razumeiko (Piano / Composer, Austria)
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JIGOKUHEN: Li Jingyuan (Composer, China) / Xu Ying (Libretto, China)
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