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PAST PRODUCTION (April 2016)

Our re:Write workshop is dedicated to collaborating on the creation of new dramatic and operatic works. We ask our collaborators to use historical stories, performance practices and concepts to inspire the creation of new works. We challenge them to play with history and question what they would change and how they would change it if they were to re:Write the past.

What is re:Write Workshop?

 

re:Write Workshop is a place for professional and emerging creators and performers of musical-theatrical / operatic works to collaborate on the creation of new works or existing ideas (in the very beginning stages). It is a place for creative artists to explore new ideas in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. There won’t be anyone here telling you what to do or telling you what is right and wrong, but you will find yourself amongst dynamic artists who have different strengths and skills to share.

 

Who Should Apply?

 

This workshop is open to creators and performers interested in creating new opera.

 

Creators: We’re looking for professional and emerging writers and composers from any creative background or genre interested in creating musical-theatrical and operatic works. You don’t have to have experience with libretto writing or composing opera, just the drive and interest to try it out!

 

Performers: We are looking for performers who have acting and singing skills and who are confident sight-readers. Above all, we are looking for performers who are interested in collaborating on the creation of new works and performing new scenes at the end of the workshop.

 

How does it work?

 

re:Write takes place over five days and is open to three writers, three composers and ten performers. Composers and writers will work in alternating pairs over the course of three days to develop concepts for new operas and to write short excerpts that can be presented and discussed amongst the group at the end of each day.

 

Every day there will be one session dedicated to a group workshop or roundtable discussion. The workshops will aim to provide new creative tools to creators and performers, and the discussions will aim to provoke conversations on different aspects of storytelling, performing and creating stories for stage.

 

Performers will be involved in the daily group workshops and discussions and will perform in the final workshop and performance of the new works. Performers will also be encouraged to work with composers as they navigate the limitations and possibilities of the body and voice.

 

For producers, other opera companies and enthusiasts: 

 

Daily workshops and roundtable discussions are open to the public by registration and after the three-day writing period, selections from the newly written material will be workshopped and presented publicly on April 24th at The Vancouver Academy Of Music. We encourage anyone interested in producing, performing, or supporting new opera to join us at our workshops and performance. Check back at the end of February for the full schedule and list of workshops; or, you can join our mailing list and stay updated via email!

 

 

How do I apply?

 

re:Write is hosted by re:Naissance Opera and The Vancouver Academy Of Music. It takes place over five days and is open to three writers, three composers and ten performers. 

 

If you are a creator, you will be challenged to create a new concept for an opera and write a short operatic excerpt every day for three days. Creators will be paired up (one composer and one writer) and work with a new collaborator every day.

 

If you are a performer you will read through the newly created excerpts at the end of each day, and you will perform in a final workshop and concert of selected excerpts.

 

Every day there will be one session dedicated to a group workshop or roundtable discussion that both creators and performers will participate in. The workshops will aim to provide new creative tools to creators and performers, and the discussions will aim to provoke conversations on different aspects of storytelling, performing and creating stories for stage.

If you are applying as a creator (composer / writer), please include in your email:

 

  • Your full name and date of birth

  • Your CV or a link to your website.

  • At least 2 samples of your work*. These can be submitted as online links or you can email files or share dropbox links. 

  • Anything else that you want to share with us to give us a better idea of you and your creative work.

 

*If you are applying as a writer please send or share PDF excerpts of your work. Your excerpts can be any length, but we encourage you to keep them around 5 pages. You may also send recorded performances of your work, but please also include your manuscript.

 

If you are applying as a performer, please include in your email:

 

  • Your full name and date of birth

  • Your CV or a link to your website.

  • At least 2 samples of your work. These can be submitted as online links (such as youtube, soundcloud, vimeo etc.) or you can email files or share dropbox links. 

  • A list of any other performance skills we should know about (For example, any instruments you might play, any movement or dance experience). 

 

Goals

  • To promote the creation of new Canadian musical-theatrical / operatic works by providing creators (composers, librettists, dramaturgs) with an opportunity to connect and by providing the facilities and tools needed to collaborate on the creation new works.

 

  • To foster a collaborative approach to the development of new works by connecting composers, librettists, dramaturges, performers.

 

  • To connect creators of new opera with potential presenters and producers by presenting excerpts of new works in a public workshop.

 

  • To foster a collaborative approach to music-making in Vancouver by building relationships between artists and creators, opera companies and presenters.

 

  • To start a dialogue about what kind of role opera plays in the Vancouver community, in the larger music community and in the world.easy to read font, with tall and narrow letters, that works well on almost every site.