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  1. Editorial
  2. Edited Volume: Music Theatre NOW - Call for Proposals
  3. Classical:NEXT calling for exciting productions
  4. MTN Selected Productions - on Tour
  5. Past and Future


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

summer is loosening it's grip on Europe and we are coming back to the office. While it is still some time until the MTN 2018 edition, we are not completely done with the winners from 2015 – and you can be part of it:
With Prof. Roesner from LMU University in Munich we are planing an edited volume on contemporary developments in the music theatre world with a focus on MTN 2015. If you are interested in contributing an article, read the call for proposals below.
At the same time some winning productions are still touring the world of course.

And if you need a good excuse to visit Rotterdam next year as well: beside the annual Operadagen Rotterdam in May 2017 the music industry meeting Classical:NEXT is looking for showcases and pitches in their call.

We hope you are having a great time and keep our fingers crossed for your current projects.

All the best,

Christian Grammel
(for the team of Music Theatre NOW)

Edited Volume: Music Theatre Now – Contemporary Developments in Original Performances [working title]

Call for Proposals

Edited by David Roesner (LMU Munich)

Contemporary Music Theatre, particularly when investigated from a global perspective is developing rapidly and has become a driving force in interrogating and innovating the relationships between text, music and stage, narrative and form, performance and technology, productions and audiences. 

Taking the tri-annual competition and festival „Music Theatre NOW“, which is one of the International Theatre Institute’s (ITI) initiatives, as a starting point, we are proposing this edited volume as an important contribution of trying to map and analyze the current aesthetic, dramaturgical, musical, technological and organizational characteristics of new work, particularly in often small scale and independent formats. 

The focus of this volume is on new original music theatre works in performance, distinguishing it on the one hand from scholarship on “Regietheater” (new directorial approaches to the operatic canon), but also reflecting the fact, that in many cases the distinctions of libretto, score, performance (as individual objects of study) is no longer sustainable. 
This volume will concentrate as its object of study the 14 winners and 4 special mentions of the Music Theatre NOW competition of 2015, many of which are still touring and all of which are audiovisually documented and available on request. 
The aim of the book would be put academic analyses (from a wide range of methodological perspectives) into dialogue with reflective writings by or interviews with the artists themselves (composers, directors, performers, designers, producers, dramaturgs etc.). 

Contributions should be 5000-8000 words and would be due in Spring 2017. All publications are subject to a peer review process. 

Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted to by 30 September 2016. Please include your name and academic and/or artistic affiliation(s).

Classical:NEXT 2017

Call for Programme Proposals

Classical:NEXT is the leading international meeting for the renewal of classical music, 1,200 professionals attended the fifth edition last May. Classical:NEXT’s exceptional and highly acclaimed programme is made “by the community, for the community”: An independent jury assembles a handpicked selection of artists, speakers and projects each year from proposals coming in from all over the globe.

All movers, shakers and everyday innovators from all sectors of the scene are invited to submit their proposals for the Showcases, Club Showcases, Conferences and Project Pitches to be held at Classical:NEXT 2017 in de Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

We are calling for outstanding “NEXT” artists, projects, future-oriented topics and interactive conference formats from all corners of the classical music world whether that be early, contemporary, traditional or experimental. You can make a proposal online easily and for free. The jury will look at your proposal regardless of whether they have attended Classical:NEXT before or not.

The submission deadline for Classical:NEXT 2017 is Friday, 30 September 2016.

MTN Selected Productions - on Tour

You did not have a chance to meet us in Rotterdam or rather want to experience the MTN Selected Productions live? 
From now on we want to keep you updated on upcoming performances of the recent winners of MTN. During the next months you get a chance on most continents to watch the one or other show.

You are my Loneliness / 你是我的孤独

September 29th Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (China)
October 22nd Henan Elephant Theatre  (China)
October 29th - 30th Xi'an Sofitel Theatre  (China)
November 5h Chengdu Jincheng Palace of Fine Arts  (China)
Several additional performances throughout China.

Text: 喻荣军 (Nick Rongjun YU, China)
Director: 周小倩 (Xiaoqian Zhou, China)
Composer: 王洛宾 (Luobin Wang, China)

Wang Luobin was one of the most prestigious Chinese national composers in the 20th century. Since 1937, he was engaged in collecting folk songs of ethnic groups in Northwest regions of China. In all, he had edited and published over 1000 songs. He was thus honored as "The King of Folk Singer in Western Regions". As a musical theatre, this play sketched out his remarkable musical career and rich emotional world, including the persons or incidents which have inspired him in composing songs, especially his emotional life. 


November 9th National Arts Centre Ottawa (Canada)
November 15th, Les Coups de Théâtre Montréal (Canada)

Several performances in Europe coming up starting December 2016:

Direction / Video: Nathalie Teirlinck (Belgium)
Music: An Piere (Belgium) / Fulco Ottervanger (Belgium)

Slumberland is a breathtaking film-like musical journey into the world of the night. The point at which everything is overturned and the dream outstrips reality. It is the children themselves who with their astonishing imagination take you to a fascinating world.

Past and Future

Some of you have been in contact with MTN for a while now and might even have participated in the precedessing event "Music Theatre Workshop". We are happy to have found some old program books and scheduled some archive work for the autumn. In case you have any photo-material from those times, please help us editing the past and share your material. We'd be very happy explore the visual side of these days.

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