VIL 2. Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS)

Partnering institutions (for organisation and teaching):

 

  • School of Music and Performing Arts, ESMAE P. PORTO (Portugal)
  • The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Belgium)

                              

  

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2022-23:

February 1-14, 2023

Open to :

Min. 3, max. 20

Description of the EOA module:

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 implementation of innovative music theatre ideas in 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 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, with participation of professionals of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. 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.

Label:

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

 

Specialty 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, with a partnership of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

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.

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

Team of teachers/moderators:

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

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

Possible extras beside the module:

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA https://lmta.lt/en/lmta-welcomes-foreign-students/exange-students/

 

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

  • 6 ECTS (Bachelor students)
  • 5 ECTS (Master students)

Description of the final examination

Public Performance with Feedback

Entrance examination:

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

Total expenses of the EOA module

  • 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 movers) students is 320 Eur.

Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.

VIL 1. Creating the Character in Opera

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

  • 6 intensive weeks during Spring semester: March 6th – April 14th 2023

Open for:

  • 4 – 10 EOA students

Description

Purpose of the study module: to master the specifics of creating an operatic character.

Length / frequency: 6 weeks (4-5 contact hours per week)

Components and content:

  1. The principles of the acting theory.
  2. The specifics of acting in opera.
  3. Understanding of and research into the libretto text.
  4. The process of creating a character.

The learning process will be organised in a series of workshop. We will begin with exercises to encourage relaxation and concentration in the creative process; exploring, analysing, and understanding the acting theory in general, and the specifics of application of this knowledge to the individual comprehension of the process. Further, we will move on to creating and performing scenes, monologues, and, finally, arias.

Topics of the module:

  • understanding of what actually acting is;
  • understanding the process of creating a character as a projection or a semiotic paradox;
  • analysis and comprehension of the acting process in the puppet theatre. Acting with an object of the audience perception;
  • the principles of the aesthetics of the Brechtian theatre;
  • mask acting, scenes using mask characters;
  • clown acting, principles, exercises, scenes;
  • using voice as a part of the character expression.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the study module, the student will be able to:

  • understand the character as a projection, an object upon which the creative process is imposed;
  • understand the specifics of actor’s transformation into a character;
  • analyse the libretto text as a source for creating a character;
  • understand the principles of the research into a character.

Label:

  • Practical training / singers and other stage performers / English language

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

  • Sakalas Uzdavinys, Assoc. Prof. Adrija Cepaite, Assist. Raminta Verseckaitė

 

Possible extras beside the module:

 

Number of teaching /production hours of the EOA module

  • 80 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 48 hours of individual work)

 

Number of ECTS

  • 3 credits

Description of the final examination

  • Examination or Pass/Fail

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

 Entrance examination: week number, place

  • None

 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 290 Eur.

Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.