VIL 2. Experimental Opera Incubator

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • January 15th – April 15th of 2020

Open for

  • Min. 2, max. 5

The Incubator invites singers, composers and other artists to develop experimental opera projects during the three months in Vilnius in Spring of 2020.

Applicants should submit original, strong and creative concepts which cross traditional opera genre boundaries and can be characterized as interdisciplinary ‘voice in landscape’ project realized in the contemporary context.

Concept proposal should be presented by the end of September of 2019.

Selected authors of projects will be invited to the Incubator for concept development, creative interdisciplinary collaboration and realization of the creative project in a chosen venue in Vilnius.

Creative projects such as short opera, performing art production, sound or interdisciplinary installation, contemporary music theatre, musical action and other form of multidisciplinary work that discover new ways of artistic expression, explore new spaces, community contexts, promote innovative communication and create new audiences, are welcome.

Incubator provides assistance in concept and dramaturgy development, visual solutions, performance coaching, improvisation, technical and artistic production. Projects that require involvement of music & digital technology (electronics, spatial sound, etc.), interactive recordings, installations will be assisted by a technical and creative staff of Music Innovation Studies Centre, www.misc.lmta.lt.

Creative laboratory and production / singers, composers, directors, other artists / English language

Development and production of the original creative opera projects in interdisciplinary teams is unique. The Incubator promotes broader conceptual approach of the opera genre, which leads to experimentation and development of strong creative ideas. Module trains creativity, interdisciplinary cooperation, and cultural entrepreneurship.

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

Team of assistants for project development and production: (depends on the concrete creative project):

  • Artistic production: Ana Ablamonova
  • Composition and electronics: Mantautas Krukauskas
  • Concept development: Mantautas Krukauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Dramaturgy: Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
  • Improvisation: Liudas Mockūnas, Arnas Mikalkėnas
  • Lighting design: Giedrius Gurevičius
  • Music and digital technology: Julius Aglinskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Performance coaching: Vykintas Baltakas, Indrė Baikštytė

Possible extras

  • Vocal coaching: Algirdas Janutas, Asta Krikščiūnaitė Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

120 contact hours

240 hours of individual creative work 15 ECTS

Description of the final examination

  • Public Performance

Entrance examination

  • Creative project applications (free format) should be sent during the week 39 (last week of September).
  • Evaluation takes 2 weeks; selection results will be sent to all applicants. Invitation Letter will be sent by week 42.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price

  • Fee ranges from 900 Eur to 1500 Eur.
  • Total price depends on the complexity of production, size of supporting team, and selected extras.

VIL 1. Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • 3 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November), or
  • 3 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April)

Open for

  • 1-5 EOA students

Practical training course of Suzuki Method is recommended for any stage performer. It aims at improving acting, dancing and other performing skills. Suzuki Method of Actor Training was originally created by Tadashi Suzuki and is designed to regain the perceptive abilities and powers of the human body.

Studies include unique theoretical knowledge as well as exploring individual creativity through the rigorous approach to physical training that allows the student to challenge his/her center of gravity by presenting physical obstacles within a given structure. It concentrates on the lover body, legs and feet, giving the student more awareness of the entire body, breath and voice.

Topics of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training intensive course

  • body centre (gravity) and body tension analysis
  • body control, focus and concentration, breathing
  • energy control
  • body power and speed, willpower
  • physical and emotional expression
  • movement in the space, body composition
  • acting for audience: attention maintenance

Skills

  • will be able to control the body in the most efficient way
  • will be able to control the amount of energy and to direct it to a certain point
  • will be able to concentrate and focus on the main goals
  • will be able to understand the form and composition
  • will discover new approaches to body and gesture, image and emotion

Practical training / singers and other stage performers /English language Name of profesor:

  • Assoc. Prof. Vesta Grabštaitė, head of Department of Acting and Movement of the Academy and actor at Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre (OKT).

Possible extras

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

32 hours

3 ECTS

Final examination

  • Pass/fail (required minimum: 70 % attendance of practical training classes) Entrance examination:
  • none

Total expenses of the EOA module per student (when contract)

  • 267 eur for 3 weeks intensive course

POR 3. Preparing an Operatic Production, for Stage Designers

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

5 October 2020 to 31 January 2021

This Module is divided in two parts:

A – Background knowledge and experience and

B – The preparation of an Opera

Stage Design with Technical Supervision (Costume, Set and Light Design)

Open for

1-3 students

Stage Design is, of course, divided according to specialties (Costume, Set and Light Design), and the aim of each module now offered within each specialty is to facilitate technical and artistry improvement through the use of different  and specialized techniques and knowledge, according to the philosophy of building up costumes, sets and light designs within the preparation and performance of specialized operatic repertoire (from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire). The emphasis is on artistry within the process of making an opera. Each year there will be a different Opera Production which will be the aim (Part B) and consequence of this Module development (Part A). This module (within the different specialties now offered) has as the goal to enable the student autonomy, both in achieving methodological processes as well as the consolidation of a Stage Design and an artistic identity. This process will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making, and it will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

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

  • Costume Design – Manuela Bronze;
  • Set Design: Helder Maia;
  • Light Design: Rui Damas

20 ECTS

  • 10 -12 hours individual tuition
  • 45 hours group work

Preparation of an Opera Performance in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra in Porto*

1st of March to 7th July 2021

Open for: 1-3 tudents

This Module is only open for those students that have done Part A of the Module and, though, have acquired the knowledge and experience necessary and sufficient to be able to construct costumes, scenery and light designs work for the out coming opera production. Or, for those who can demonstrate through portfolios their ability and knowledge in the construction of costumes, sets and light designs.

*The Opera Production for 20-21 is not yet decided but soon it will be announced in EOA Site.

(The Opera for this year is still in negotiation with the National Theatre of Porto: TNSJ. Soon it will be fully announced*)

20 ECTS

  • 10 -12 hours individual tuition
  • 45 hours group work

Description of final examination

Full staged Opera.

Possible extras 

Students may attend one, or both, of these theoretical seminars on the subject of Opera and Performance:

1. Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Mário Vieira de Carvalho – member of the Administrative Counsel of the European Music Theatre Academy and President of CESEM – Center of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies

2. The Psychology of Performance – The underlying psychology to the study of operatic roles and other issues in opera. This Seminar will be given by Prof. Dr. Daniela Coimbra (PhD) – Professor on Psychology of Music, at ESMAE.

Besides that, Porto is a culturally interesting and beautiful city. Here you can profit from the musical and cultural activity at Casa da Música of Porto, a very active cultural point in the city, as well as the Teatro Nacional de São João, Rivoli Theatre and the Coliseum of Porto.

*The Opera suggested by the National Theater is: The Importance of Being Earnest? An Opera by Gerald Barry based on Oscar Wilde´s homonymous Play (but other titles may be suggested and are still in discussion with the São João National Theater.)

Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera with Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest was staged for the first time in the UK in June 2013.