Don Giovanni?

Internationaler Wettbewerb für Regiekonzepte


Gewinner: Team Ekaterina Vasileva, Moskau


Begründung der Jury

Die Regisseurin Ekaterina Vasileva und ihre Bühnenbildnerin Sonya Kobozeva haben das ausgefallenste Konzept des Wettbewerbs vorgelegt – ein Konzept, das in gewissem Sinne die Grenzen von Vernunft und gutem Geschmack sprengt.

Als einziges Team unter den Finalisten haben sie den komödiantischen Aspekt von Mozarts Werk  in den Mittelpunkt gestellt und dafür eine grotesk überzeichnete und disproportionierte Welt entwickelt.

Die im Stück angelegten Männer- und Frauenbilder werden comicartig vergrößert und zur Grundlage einer Dramaturgie der Überraschungen und Bosheiten gemacht. Assoziationen an die Wilde Malerei der Achtziger Jahre oder die surrealen Welten eines Charms oder Bulgakow drängen sich auf. Menschliche und tierische Körper werden zum Baumaterial einer Bühnenwelt, die zugleich psychischer Innenraum und abstrakte Kunstwelt ist.

Die Jury ist überzeugt, dass Ekaterina Vasileva durch ihre energetische und charismatische Persönlichkeit dieses »unwahrscheinliche« Projekt möglich machen wird und spricht ihr deshalb den ersten Preis des Regiewettbewerbs zu.


Die Premiere ihres Don Giovanni wird am 14. Juli 2018 im Großen Haus des Nationaltheaters Mannheim stattfinden.


Ekatarina Vasileva wurde 1988 in Moskau geboren, studierte Musiktheaterregie an der russischen Akademie für Theaterkunst und ist Chefregisseurin am Staatlichen Akademietheater Chelyabinsk, wo sie gemeinsam mit der Bühnenbildnerin Sonya Kobozeva bereits mehrere Opern realisiert hat.


Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch die Karin und Carl-Heinrich Esser Stiftung.


Don Giovanni?

International Competition for Directors of Opera


To all young and aspiring directors and production teams,

Nationaltheater Mannheim invites you to submit your entry to the 2017 International Competition for Directors of Opera. The ICDO is a new and exciting competition for directors and production teams who want to realise their dramatic concepts on the international stage. This year, the competition aims to find a director or production team with an original and creative dramatic concept for Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni.

The winner of the competition will direct their production in conjunction with Mannheim Opera, where it will be premiered in July, 2018, as part of the Mannheimer Sommer festival. The production will then become part of Mannheim Opera’s performance repertoire.

The Mannheimer Sommer festival, formerly Mannheimer Mozartsommer, will be a festival that offers new creative possibitilies and theatrical experiences for artists as well as the theatre going public. Festival performances and visiting productions will be presented across many different and exciting venues across the city.


AIMS

Your concept should demonstrate an understanding of both the myth and reality of Don Giovanni. It can be radical, traditional, entertaining, futuristic, historical, destructive, affirmative or even anarchical in its intention. Mannheim Opera’s production repertoire spans some 60 years, and is renowned for its diversity and innovation. The winning concept should demonstrate an awareness of this lineage of performances and be devised in a way that would make it possible to keep the production running for many more years to come.

Your concept of Don Giovanni will be realised by the existing ensemble of singers at Mannheim Opera and the winning director and/or production team will have the full support of its dramaturgs.


MOZART

Mozart was a cosmopolitan, polyglot composer, who described the cross-polination of different milieux and cultural spheres in his works, in ways that were both comical and tragic. In the multicultural city of Mannheim, home to Mozart in the 1770s, the continued performance of Mozart’s work has always been of great importance.
As dramma giocoso, Mozart’s Don Giovanni combines the elements of great tragedy with aspects of comedy and thus creates a balancing act between seemingly opposing forces. Nevertheless, Don Giovanni, the eternal philanderer, is a perpetual object of fascination to artists as well as the theatre-going public.


APPLICATION

The competition is both international and open to the public. We encourage applications from all directors and artistic teams who explore alternative approaches to theatre in their work. There is no age limit; experience in the field of musictheatre/opera is preferable and applicants must be able to communicate in either German or English.

From the applications submitted, a shortlist of eight concepts will be chosen. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to showcase your concept in a public exhibition in the foyer of Mannheim Opera. Afterwards, you will be given the opportunity to present your concept in detail to a selected panel. The winner will then be announced.


CHECKLIST

  • an original concept, formulated in words and accompanied by images for the entire piece of Don Giovanni. The concept must not have been performed anywhere else.
  • a detailed storyboard of a chosen extract from the opera.
  • a comprehensive plan of the set design that takes into account the technical possibilities of the Mannheim stage (stage plans are available online: link).
  • a DVD recording of two works that have already been realised (with a short explanation).
  • artist biographies of all the members of your team.


Please submit your application via post to:

Nationaltheater Mannheim

Dramaturgie Oper

Mozartstraße 9

68161 Mannheim


The application deadline is March 4th, 2017.

Date as postmark.