May – Month of Festivals…
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  1. Editorial
  2. Festival Theater der Welt
  3. MTN Selected Productions – on Tour
  4. Open Call: YAMAward 2017


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

a lot of events are coming up in May and MTN will have it's part in some of the best ones.
May 17th you will have the chance to watch the opera "Have a Good Day!" from Lithuania at Operadagen Rotterdam – one of the winners of MTN 2012 that is still touring the world.
If you are around at Operadagen during these days make sure to get in touch with the MTN crew and board. 
End of this month Hamburg (Germany) is hosting the festival "Theater der Welt", which is initiated by the German Centre of the ITI. And while Hamburg and the festival are always worth a visit, special attention should be given to May 4th - 8th: MTN 2012 winner "Flyway" from Australia – an immersive walk of a special kind – will be presented.

And if you want to dive into the MTN archive: visit the festival container of the German ITI that will be set up near the entrance to the festival centre. This space will be meeting point for visitors, artists and scholars with a huge selection of videos from the past of the festival "Theater der Welt", international dance and theatre productions and the recent edition of Music Theatre NOW – showing tendencies and developments in the field of music theatre.

And in case you are also a maker of music theatre for young audiences: we have found an open call that might be of interest for you!

Hope to see you around.
All the best,
Christian Grammel
(for the team of Music Theatre NOW)



‘Theater der Welt 2017’ will present 45 productions from across the globe. Artists from every continent are invited to Hamburg – artists whose original and influential signature works push forward the development of performing arts and highlight the spectrum of international theatrical development: drama, performance, dance, literature, but also the crossover with visual arts, film and music. Collaborations with other Hamburg artists expand the programme and integrate Hamburg’s international cultural scene.

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? 
We keep you updated on upcoming performances of the recent winners of MTN. 


Have a Good Day!

May 17th - Rotterdam (Netherlands) at festival Operadagen


The opera Have a Good Day! focuses on the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre. Faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into unique and lively characters. The mosaic of different destinies is transformed into one poem suggesting the pleasure of consumption. To avoid any moral or condemnatory suggestion, a critical attitude towards capitalism is expressed through humor, paradox, irony and poetry. The opera has received national and international awards (including main prize at the international competition "Music Theatre NOW"), and is widely touring through the continents, its libretto is translated into 9 languages.

concept: Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
libretto: Vaiva Grainytė
composition & music direction: Lina Lapelytė
direction & Setdesigner: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
costume design: Daiva Samajauskaitė
light design: Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
sound design: Arūnas Zujus
production: OPEROMANIJA

with: Indrė Anankaitė-Kalašnikovienė, Liucina Blaževič, Vida Valuckienė, Veronika Čičinskaitė-Golovanova, Lina Valionienė, Irma Kubertavičienė, Milda Zapolskaitė, Lina Šarkienė, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Kristina Svolkinaitė (cassières)
Kęstutis Pavalkis (piano and security)
Lina Lapelytė (live electronics)

"A tightly constructed,multi-layered creation, its humor pierced by melancholy."
(Alex Ross, The New Yorker)

Watch the Trailer online:


June 4th-8th 2017
Theater der Welt, Hamburg (Germany)


Beginning in the early evening hours, when the sun slowly sets, the city and its sky’s inhabitants become the actual performers of a site-specific production that snakes from the Baakenhöft throughout the city. Optical impressions become tangible though binoculars, acoustic impressions are a unique soundscape of noises, local birds and music on headphones; video art is in the mix. Unusual locations and ornithological niches characterize the route, while the audience itself becomes a flock and encounters the city in intimate detail – organic matter, digital portals, architectural textures, and living bodies illuminated by a disappearing sun – an immersive walk of a special kind. The individual will become a part of also surreal whole. The artist Lz Dunn, in cooperation with “Birdlife Australia”, has done ornithological research, visited nesting sites and collected birdcalls. For her, “migrant birds” are something special: they transcend gravity, are constantly trans-national and pass through on their journey between the poles of the earth. They navigate on one of nine global routes for thousands of kilometers with the help of light, topography and magnetic fields. After performances in Australia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Lithuania Lz Dunn has now created an audio walk for Theater der Welt 2017.

Lz Dunn
Lawrence English
Lara Thoms
Alison Halit, Claire Portek
ion behalf of Aphids

Funded by the Australian Council for the Arts and the Australian Government in the context of the Cultural Year Australia now Germany 2017
Supported by the Joachim Herz Foundation


June 4th, Antwerpen
June 9th and 10th, Gent

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.

Open Call: YAMAwards 2017

The Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) honours creativity and innovation in the field of musical productions for young audiences, from all corners of the world, created by professional ensembles of all forms, from solo artist to orchestra.
The YAMawards aim to identify and support cutting-edge productions that inspire and engage young people giving them magic moments to keep for a lifetime. Music has a profound impact on young people and promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding.

Applications are now open for the 2017 YAMawards. Those involved in the creation of music-based productions aimed at young audiences (below the age of 18) can apply until the 1st of June 2017.

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