Music Theatre NOW

Music Theatre NOW A competition and a meeting dedicated to worldwide exchange in new opera and music theatre DEADLINE FOR FIFTH EDITION OF MTNOW: JUNE 30th 2021

Music theatre productions which had premiered between July 2018 and June 2021 are eligible for this edition of the competition.

The Competition

Music Theatre NOW (MTNOW) is the premier competition for first productions of new works, which have been professionally created anywhere in the world. Since 2008 more than 1000 world premieres of new opera and music theatre have entered our competition to take part in our unique convention that brings together practitioners and presenters from across the globe. Former winners have

The Competition

Music Theatre NOW (MTNOW) is the premier competition for first productions of new works, which have been professionally created anywhere in the world. Since 2008 more than 1000 world premieres of new opera and music theatre have entered our competition to take part in our unique convention that brings together practitioners and presenters from across the globe. Former winners have

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artists VS. deadline - will you succeed to submit to Music Theatre NOW before June 30th?And can YOU relate to that meme?...
04/06/2021
Designer: can you relate to that meme?

artists VS. deadline - will you succeed to submit to Music Theatre NOW before June 30th?
And can YOU relate to that meme? 😅

A creative process meme many designers relate to, but shouldn’t.

TBT – by PROTOTYPE FestivalDiving back to the Music Theatre NOW edition of 2012 > BLUEBEARD by 33 1/3 collective – one o...
22/04/2021
OPERA | THEATRE | X – PROTOTYPE

TBT – by PROTOTYPE Festival
Diving back to the Music Theatre NOW edition of 2012 > BLUEBEARD by 33 1/3 collective – one of the outstanding works from back then…
Online only today at 10pm (4pm ET / 8pm GMT)

http://prototypefestival.org/shows/opera-theatre-x/

PROTOTYPE – OPERA | THEATRE | NOW is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world.

We are CALLING again…¡¡¡ Deadline June 30th !!!Worldwide competition for new music theatre and contemporary opera…All in...
09/04/2021

We are CALLING again…
¡¡¡ Deadline June 30th !!!
Worldwide competition for new music theatre
and contemporary opera…
All information and call for applications online: WWW.MTNOW.ORG

We are CALLING again…
¡¡¡ Deadline June 30th !!!
Worldwide competition for new music theatre
and contemporary opera…
All information and call for applications online: WWW.MTNOW.ORG

THE competition for music theatre will be BACK this year. And some things have changed. Be ready – the call for applicat...
01/03/2021

THE competition for music theatre will be BACK this year. And some things have changed. Be ready – the call for applications is going to launch next month…

THE competition for music theatre will be BACK this year. And some things have changed. Be ready – the call for applications is going to launch next month…

"It’s a story, it’s not a story.It has elements of story."Rare opportunity to WATCH at wonderful PROTOTYPE Festival: WID...
12/01/2021
Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists – PROTOTYPE

"It’s a story, it’s not a story.
It has elements of story."

Rare opportunity to WATCH at wonderful PROTOTYPE Festival: WIDE SLUMBER FOR LEPIDOPTERISTS 🧚‍♀️👩‍🎓🎼
An inspiring winning project from our competition back in 2015 – online stream of vibrant video…
http://prototypefestival.org/shows/wide-slumber/

PROTOTYPE – OPERA | THEATRE | NOW is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world.

What a year this has been… HAVE A FEW SILENT NIGHTS and push some songs out of these blobs… Maybe you get inspired for a...
23/12/2020
Blob Opera - Google Arts & Culture

What a year this has been… HAVE A FEW SILENT NIGHTS and push some songs out of these blobs… Maybe you get inspired for a new opera? 😅
And – of course – stay healthy and safe! 🎄☃️🤶

https://g.co/arts/9sjJSNR3W18QHzuG8

Create your own opera inspired song with Blob Opera - no music skills required ! A machine learning experiment by David Li in collaboration with Google Art...

Three words that go together well: Independent Music Theatre… Diverse and innovative forms across four European regions ...
08/09/2020
Freies Musiktheater in Europa / Independent Music Theatre in Europe

Three words that go together well: Independent Music Theatre… Diverse and innovative forms across four European regions are researched in this brand-new publication – have a closer look!
We already had a first glance during our Think Tank Workshop back in January and it was very inspiring… 🥳🤩🎶

Vielfältige und innovative Formen zwischen Musik und Theater: zeitgenössische freie Musiktheater in Europas im Blick. Diverse and innovative forms between music and theatre: contemporary free music theatre in Europe.

TBT: streaming highlight – WAR SUM UP was brilliant back in 2012, when it was among the winners of Music Theatre NOW and...
09/07/2020

TBT: streaming highlight – WAR SUM UP was brilliant back in 2012, when it was among the winners of Music Theatre NOW and it is still utterly inspiring.
You get a chance to watch this astonishing work starting tomorrow in the Mannheimer Sommer 2020 – digital! festival…

Willkommen zurück, Hotel Pro Forma! Während des digitalen »Mannheimer Sommers« gibt es ein Wiedersehen mit der dänischen Künstlergruppe um Kirsten Dehlholm, die bereits mit der Björk-Oper »Vespertine« das Mannheimer Publikum in Begeisterung versetzte.

Ab dem 10.07. zeigen wir auf der Festivalseite www.mannheimer-sommer.de einen Mitschnitt ihrer Produktion »War Sum Up«. Inspiriert von der japanischen Manga-Kultur entsteht darin ein Universum aus Bildern, Musik und Kostümen, das zwischen Fantasie und einer zeitenübergreifenden Realität oszilliert. Ausgeführt wird diese Theaterkomposition zwischen Poesie und Pop vom renommierten lettischen Rundfunkchor aus Riga (Latvian Radio Choir).

Zusätzlich gewähren Hotel Pro Forma in einem zweiten Video Einblicke in die eigene Arbeit.

#mannheimersommer2020 #jenseitsdesserails
The Irrepressibles Bikubenfonden Dänische Botschaft in Deutschland

Fotos: Gunars Janaitis

27/03/2020
World Theatre Day

Happy WORLD THEATRE DAY to all of you in these challenging times…
„Telling stories creates freedom, enables distance and detachment and in the best case even makes it possible to laugh about the past horror…“
(Greetings for World Theatre Day 2020 from Joachim Lux, President of German Centre of ITI)

Happy World Theatre Day!
Greetings for World Theatre Day 2020 from Joachim Lux, President of German Centre of ITI

Our 2018 selection is featured in a lot of places… And as far as google translation from the Russian text tells us: it i...
15/09/2019
ТОП 10 кращих сучасних опер світу

Our 2018 selection is featured in a lot of places… And as far as google translation from the Russian text tells us: it is also very much appreciated in the Ukraine… 😉

Серед 436 опер із 55 країн світу журі Music Theatre NOW відібрало 10 найкращих постановок сучасності. Опери під водою, опери-променади, опери-реквієми, документальні опери, опе...

Thrilled, inspired and deeply thankful for the wonderful time during Music Theatre NOW Meeting at Operadagen Rotterdam l...
26/05/2019

Thrilled, inspired and deeply thankful for the wonderful time during Music Theatre NOW Meeting at Operadagen Rotterdam last week. What a wonderful time with all the winners and professional guests from around the globe. Hope to meet all of you soon again!

Aaaaaannnd here we are in Rotterdam for MTN Meeting @Operadagen 2019. Looking forward to meeting all of our winners and ...
18/05/2019

Aaaaaannnd here we are in Rotterdam for MTN Meeting @Operadagen 2019. Looking forward to meeting all of our winners and wonderful guests from around the world: let's have an amazing time!

Opera Have a Good Day was one of the winners of MTNow 2012 – now the creative team has been awarded a Golden Lion at Ven...
13/05/2019
Arthur Jafa and the Lithuanian Pavilion Win the Venice Biennale's 2019 Golden Lions, Casting a Spotlight on Racism and Climate Change | artnet News

Opera Have a Good Day was one of the winners of MTNow 2012 – now the creative team has been awarded a Golden Lion at Venice Biennale for their performance "Sun & Sea (Marina)", an opera about the dangers of climate change and a biting critique of leisure.
Yeah! Congratulations to director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, playwright Vaiva Grainytė, and composer Lina Lapelyte!!!

An international jury has officially named the best national pavilion and the best participant in Ralph Rugoff's central exhibition.

DANCE with us and the International Theatre Institute: it is International Dance Day."I invite people to go beyond borde...
29/04/2019

DANCE with us and the International Theatre Institute: it is International Dance Day.

"I invite people to go beyond borders, beyond identity crisis, beyond nationalism and beyond frames. May we free ourselves of those limitations and find the movement and momentum in that universal language. I invite everybody to dance to their heartbeat, to their inner truth because it is from these internal movements, that lead to internal revolutions, where real change happens." (Karima MANSOUR's Message 2019)

Read the full message and more about the International Dance Day here: https://www.international-dance-day.org/messageauthor.html?fbclid=IwAR3htRYK3L4ol0kaEiuCJeWZRNseBSv0qxEk0mWAUdT3mNa2WUtAZFh67KM

Celebrate with us: it is WORLD THEATRE DAY once more!This day is a celebration for those who can see the VALUE and impor...
27/03/2019

Celebrate with us: it is WORLD THEATRE DAY once more!

This day is a celebration for those who can see the VALUE and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its POTENTIAL for economic growth.

You can read the inspiring message of this years author Carlos CELDRÁN from Cuba here https://bit.ly/2usZEHQ or join the celebrations if you are around: https://bit.ly/2FCFp0U

Our jury loved Muziektheater Transparant's MITRA as "a sensitive mix of stark lighting, strict linearity of set design, ...
18/03/2019
Programma 2019

Our jury loved Muziektheater Transparant's MITRA as "a sensitive mix of stark lighting, strict linearity of set design, filmic stereo projection and an unsettling soundscape."
What is YOUR opinion? Great chance to see the work live at Holland Festival in May…https://www.hollandfestival.nl/nl/programma/2019/mitra/

Mitra is het waargebeurde verhaal van de Iraanse psychoanalytica Mitra Kadivar, die in 2012 om onduidelijke redenen in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in Teheran opgesloten werd. Regisseur Jorge León maakte van haar ongelofelijke verhaal een hybride kunstwerk dat een kruising is tussen muziektheater, ...

Music Theatre NOW's cover photo
15/02/2019

Music Theatre NOW's cover photo

HAPPY 2019 TO ALL OF YOU!!!“I HOPE THAT IN THIS YEAR TO COME, YOU MAKE MISTAKES.Because if you are making mistakes, then...
31/12/2018

HAPPY 2019 TO ALL OF YOU!!!

“I HOPE THAT IN THIS YEAR TO COME, YOU MAKE MISTAKES.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS 2018The jury has decided on 10 wonderful winners of this year's edition of the MTNow competition...
17/12/2018

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS 2018
The jury has decided on 10 wonderful winners of this year's edition of the MTNow competition:
"We trust that the artists will re-define and evolve the genre of music theatre through the process of their experimentation." (Jury of Music Theatre NOW 2018 in their statement)

Check out information and trailers on our website:
https://www.mtnow.org/competition/mtn-2018/

(And/Or/Pro/methe): Mehdi Agahikeshe (Director, Iran) / Navid Gohari (Music Director, Iran)

AQUASONIC: Between Music (Laila Skovmand, Denmark and Robert Karlsson, Sweden)

THE CAVE: Elli Papakonstantinou (Concept / Libretto / Directing, Greece) / Tilemachos Mousas (Musical composition / Orchestration, Greece)

FALLING AWAKE: Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki (Composer / Text / Staging, Denmark)

#FREEBRAHMS: Ela Baumann (Choreographer, Luxemburg) / Juri de Marco (Artistic / Musical Director, Germany) / Alistair Duncan (Co-Composer / Scotland)

THE HOWLING GIRLS: Damien Ricketson (Composer, Australia) / Adena Jacobs (Director / Australia)

IYOV: Vladyslav Troitskyi (Director, Ukraine) / Roman Hryhoriv (Conductor / Composer, Ukraine) / Illia Razumeiko (Piano / Composer, Austria)

JIGOKUHEN: Li Jingyuan (Composer, China) / Xu Ying (Libretto, China) / Qian Xiaohan (Staging)

MITRA: Eva Reiter (Composition, Austria) / Jorge León (Staging, Belgium)

MUSRAROPERA: sounding situations (Klaus Janek, Italy / Milena Kipfmüller, Brazil / Germany)

Music Theatre NOW's cover photo
29/11/2018

Music Theatre NOW's cover photo

JURY MEETING AHEAD!Leaving Europe for the final jury discussion - hot news will come soon. We are super excited! Are you...
21/11/2018

JURY MEETING AHEAD!
Leaving Europe for the final jury discussion - hot news will come soon. We are super excited! Are you too?

THANK YOU!!!Thanks for being part of this edition of Music Theatre NOW and spreading the word around the globe. YOU help...
10/07/2018

THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for being part of this edition of Music Theatre NOW and spreading the word around the globe. YOU helped us receiving an awesome mixture of outstanding music theatre works of all kinds – small and large / high-tech and low-tech / vocal and pure electronics.
We are so much looking forward to dive into this world that you have created!
Thank you again and enjoy the summer!

LAST DAY TO SUBMITDeadline is approaching and there is time until Saturday night 11:59 pm to join music theatre makers f...
29/06/2018

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT
Deadline is approaching and there is time until Saturday night 11:59 pm to join music theatre makers from all around the world: will your work be one of the 10 outstanding selected projects of this edition?
Register now, if you haven't done already: https://www.mtnow.org/competition/registration-form/

You can RELAX: still 113 hours to submit your project to Music Theatre NOW 2018… Or have you already shown your work at ...
26/06/2018

You can RELAX: still 113 hours to submit your project to Music Theatre NOW 2018… Or have you already shown your work at Operadagen Rotterdam and ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival 上海当代戏剧节???

We definitely DISAGREE with the designer Bruce Mau: "26. Don’t enter awards competitions. Just don’t. It’s not good for ...
06/06/2018

We definitely DISAGREE with the designer Bruce Mau: "26. Don’t enter awards competitions. Just don’t. It’s not good for you." – he forgot to mention Music Theatre NOW as a relevant EXCEPTION!!!
HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YET???

http://www.remarksfromafar.com/china/2009/gafa/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/04nov-manifesto.pdf

HOT NEWS – just confirmed…2018 ACT Festival AwardACT Shanghai International  Theatre Festival (ACT Festival), hosted ann...
29/05/2018

HOT NEWS – just confirmed…
2018 ACT Festival Award

ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival (ACT Festival), hosted annually by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, celebrates the best of contemporary theatre works from around the globe. The festival has become a vital channel through which the city of Shanghai informs Chinese and international audiences and theatre festival organizers about the latest theatre works of excellence.

The ACT Festival will invite a small or medium sized production from the list of winning productions from Music Theatre NOW 2018 to Shanghai. The “ACT Festival Award” represents the joint efforts of Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the ITI Music Theatre Now Network in acknowledging music theatre works which display brilliance in seamlessly weaving music into dramatic structures and using innovative story telling techniques on stage. The prize will be awarded for the third time.

2018ACT上海当代戏剧节大奖

ACT上海当代戏剧节由上海话剧艺术中心举办,是展示呈现全世界优秀当代剧场作品的一年一度的戏剧盛宴。ACT上海当代戏剧节已成为国外艺术家与中国观众和专业工作者进行交流的重要渠道。
ACT上海当代戏剧节将邀请2018国际音乐剧场大奖评审中获奖的一部中小型规模作品前来上海演出。“ACT上海当代戏剧节大奖”的设立是为了鼓励将音乐与戏剧完美融合,具备创新型的叙事技巧的音乐剧场作品。此奖项由上海话剧艺术中心和ITI音乐剧场网络共同促成。今年为该奖项的第三次颁发。

www.actfest.com

And off to Rotterdam to Operadagen Rotterdam. Looking forward to some wonderful days full of inspiration, old and new fr...
23/05/2018

And off to Rotterdam to Operadagen Rotterdam. Looking forward to some wonderful days full of inspiration, old and new friends and a lot new music theatre… By the way: have you submitted to our competition yet? 😉

In case we did not mention it yet: the 10 winners will be invited to the Music Theatre NOW meeting 2019 in Rotterdam and...
19/04/2018

In case we did not mention it yet: the 10 winners will be invited to the Music Theatre NOW meeting 2019 in Rotterdam and we will take care of the costs for travel, accommodation and meals. Probably for two persons per team – even we are dependent on funding 😉

WOW!!! That is some concert from the "»Louis Armstrong« of the oceans"!!! "Bowhead whales were singing loudly, 24 hours ...
04/04/2018
Bowhead whales 'sing freeform jazz style songs to woo partners', study says

WOW!!! That is some concert from the "»Louis Armstrong« of the oceans"!!! "Bowhead whales were singing loudly, 24 hours a day, from November until April…"

Arctic-dwelling bowhead whales have been described as the “Louis Armstrong” of the oceans after scientists revealed the highly varied style of the songs the species produces during its breeding season. The bowhead, which has the largest mouth of any living animal, constantly changes its vocal re...

"Theatre: the simpler it is, the more intimately it connects us to the most wondrous human skill, that of representing t...
27/03/2018

"Theatre: the simpler it is, the more intimately it connects us to the most wondrous human skill, that of representing the Other." (WTD of International Theatre Institute Message 2018 – Sabina Berman, Mexico)

Happy WORLD THEATRE DAY to all of you!
This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.

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