ANT 2. POLITICALLY CORRECT? EntARTet – Then&Now: Screker, Zemlinsky, Berg, Korngold, Eissler, Krenek, Weill, Ullmann, Schönberg

POLITICALLY CORRECT? EntARTet – Then & Now: Screker, Zemlinsky, Berg, Korngold, Eissler, Krenek, Weill, Ullmann, Schönberg

Name and place of institution:

Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp – Belgium

Period of the EOA module in 2023 – 2024:

  • Around 18-22 March 2024 (TBC) – 5 days short module of presentations and performances (TBC)
  • 1-3 months preparation of performances (personal choice between )

Only available for students from ERASMUS+ partner institutions with Student Individual Short Mobility grants 

Description of the module:



Singers, Pianists and Composers will collaborate in this module with the aim to examine, explore and question some of the impacts the notion of “political correctness” is having on the arts and artists in the past and presence.

For the National Socialists, all works of art, cultural styles and musical works that were not in harmony with their own ideal of beauty and understanding of art were considered “degenerate” and were banned, their creators persecuted. We will explore and perform the works of these „forbidden composers“, thereby honoring their legacy.

Together, we will inquire if today art itself is being pushed back within new forms of discrimination and closure instead of challenging the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in social, moral or aesthetic terms. What are the consequences for today’s artistic landscape?

In collaboration with the Composition & Research Department.

Optional repertoire:

  • Brundibár – Opera by Hans Krása: Brundibár is a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, made most famous by performances by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee. Written: 1939

  • The Passenger (opera)- Opera by Mieczysław Weinberg: It Is a 1968 opera by Mieczysław Weinberg to a Russian libretto by Alexander Medvedev [Wikidata]. Medvedev’s libretto[2] is based on the 1959 Polish radio play Pasażerka z kabiny 45 (Passenger from Cabin Number 45) by concentration-camp survivor Zofia Posmysz. The opera, scheduled for the Bolshoi Theatre in 1968, was not premiered until 2006, when musicians of the Stanislavsky Theatre presented a semi-staging conducted by Wolf Gorelik in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music on 25 December. Medvedev’s libretto was reworked in 2010 for the first staged performance of the opera at the Bregenzer Festspiele into German, English, Polish, Yiddish, French, Russian and Czech. It has then been performed internationally.

  • Il Viaggio Di Roberto – Un Treno verso Auschwitz by PAOLO MARZOCCHI in 2014

Kind of voice: 


The course will consist of the following:

  1. Digital components to be taught previously to the physical mobility. The digital component will be announced soon.
  2. 5-day intensive mobility in Antwerp

Speciality of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

  • Unique collaboration between the vocal department, the research department, the composition department and local communities.
  • Transversal collaboration between the classical roles of creating – performing – reflecting 

Professors involved in this module:

Possible extras besides the module:

Students taking part in this module can request to join additional courses and projects. Please mail  

Number of EOA students:

5 days: 1-3 EOA students

1-3 months: 

  • 3-4 voice students
  • 3-4 pianists
  • 2 composers

Number of teaching hours of the EOA module:

  • 5 days: 20 hours
  • 1-3 months: depending on ECTS

ECTS credits:

  • 5 days: 3 ECT
  • 1-3 months: 6-15 ECTS

Entrance examination: 

  • Apply through EASY with the clear mention of  the EOA-module.
  • Application period is from 1 January 2023 till 1 May 2023
  • Please find all information here;
  • EOA deadlines process:
    • First Deadline: 8 May 2023. Date for expected answers to the application: 30 June 2023
    • Second Deadline: 1 September 2023 (still possible via EASY as well).
  • Application materials:
    • Application form at EOA website
    • Current CV 
    • Motivation letter
      2 videos (via two links to platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo or similar). Both must be performed live without any audio/video post-production.

Final examination: 

Participants are evaluated based on their participation in the online offer and the live courses. The module will culminate into a final performance with the enArtete repertoire by a selection of participants.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

  • Taking part in the module is free but students need to pay for travel and accommodation themselves. They can apply for a grant at their home institution.
  • 5 days: We can administratively support your application for a short blended mobility if your institution provides this offer.
  • 1-3 months: regular Erasmus+ exchange grants

Accepted students must complete the following materials before arrival in Antwerp:

  1. EOA form
  2. Regular Erasmus application

VIL 1. Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS)

Period of the EOA module in 2023-2024:

  • 1-10 February 2024

 Open for:

  • 4 – 10 EOA students


International Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS) invites singers, composers, music and theatre performers, as well as other artists (directors, visual and media artists, writers, etc.) to develop contemporary opera/musical theatre projects during the period of two intensive weeks in Vilnius in February of 2023.

Two types of applications are open:
a) application for (not necessarily limited to) composers to submit creative contemporary opera/musical theatre ideas, as well as conceptual ideas for co-creation to be developed;

b) application for performers and other artists to work on the implementation of innovative music theatre ideas in an inter- and multidisciplinary setting.

Applicants are invited to submit original, potent creative ideas and concepts which expand the traditional opera genre boundaries, cross-over into multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. Participants are expected to be open to co-operation while developing and performing selected creative projects. OCIS welcomes such ideas and projects as (excerpts of) short opera, performing arts production, sound or interdisciplinary installation, contemporary music theatre, musical action, as well as other forms of inter- and multidisciplinary works that expand on artistic expression, explore new ways and spaces, cultural and social contexts, promote innovative communication with audience and similar.                                    

There are no limitations concerning voice types or instruments for performers.

OCIS will provide an assistance in concept and creative development, implementation, performance coaching, and production by the team of teachers from The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, School of Music and Performing Arts, ESMAE P. PORTO. Projects are welcome to make use of music technology if required. Consultation and support will be provided by Music Innovation Studies Centre of the LMTA.


Speciality of this module, in comparison with other courses in Europe

Joint module – intensive course (2 weeks) that will be implemented in cooperation of the three higher education institutions – the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, LMTA and ESMAE.

Development and production of the creative projects in the OCIS is unique to the EOA network, it builds on experience of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership EOALAB and experience of LMTA in developing and running similar projects. Incubator promotes diverse approaches in the context of musical theatre, aims to develop creativity, improvisation, and performance skills, inter- and multidisciplinary cooperation, production and cultural entrepreneurship.

It is expected, that after participation in this module, all students:

  • Will have learned about different types/forms of a musical theatre;
  • Will have developed creative and intercultural communication skills;
  • Will be able to demonstrate good communication skills;
  • Will be able to cooperate with a team of international artists by creating, co-creating, rehearsing and presenting artistic projects.


It is expected, that after participation in this module, performance students:

  • Will have developed extended performing techniques;
  • Will have developed performing skills and will demonstrate stage presence individually and in a team of interdisciplinary artists.

It is expected, that after participation in this module, composition, directing and production students:

  • Will be able to develop innovative creative interdisciplinary concepts;
  • Will be able to transform a creative concept into a musical-theatrical composition.



  • Creative workshop and production / composers, singers, instrumental musicians, producers, directors, other artists / English language

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module

  • Vykintas Bieliauskas (composition, performance, conducting)
  • Prof. Mantautas Krukauskas (composition, production, music technology)
  • Prof. Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (dramaturgy, script writing)
  • Arnas Mikalkėnas (composition, improvisation)
  • Prof. Dr. Bruno Pereira (performance, improvisation)
  • Prof. Steven Prengels (composition, interdisciplinary work, music direction)
  • Antonio Salgado (performance).

Additional experts can be involved based on the requirements of the creative projects.

Possible extras besides the module:


Number of teaching /production hours of the EOA module

  • 160 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 128 individual work hours (bachelor students);
  • 133 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 101 individual work hours (master students)


Number of ECTS

  • 5 credits


Description of the final examination

  • Examination or Pass/Fail

(required minimum: 80% attendance of practical training classes)


Entrance examination: week number, place

  • Creative project applications (if applicable, free format) should be attached during EOA registration. Evaluation takes 2 weeks. Selection results will be sent to all applicants.


Total expenses of the EOA module per student

  • Selected applicants are welcome with support of Erasmus or Nordplus student mobility grants. Exchange students do not pay tuition fee.
  • Fee for non-exchange (free mover) students is 320 Eur.


Deadline for application:

  • 1st deadline: 08 May  2023
  • 2nd deadline: 01 September 2023


Date for expected answers:

  • 2 weeks after the application