Hidden in Plain Sight - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016


March 8 2019 to March 10 2019
Residency open to singers and pianists under 30 years old on 1st January 2019

The Académie du Festival d'Aix proposes a new training programme Opéra de-ci de-là, participative project questioning the strengths and the potential of change in the opera industry. This program aims at training young artists, creators and interpreters, in the stakes and in the creation of participative operas in a frame convenient to the intercultural dialogue and the interdisciplinary exchange. By the exploration of innovative creative processes, this programme offers the opportunity to young artists to experiment the development of small forms.

Anthony Heidweiller, singer and art director of the Opera Forward Festival of Amsterdam, willbe in charge of leading this programme. He has already led workshops on the theme of the participative opera in the framework of the enoa network.
"Giving voice to people who don’t have a voice, looking for the silent voices, sharing new stories, addressing new audiences, bringing down the walls between performers and audiences, challenging the traditional artistic practices, exploring collaborative and spontaneous practices, challenging the hierarchy..."  Anthony Heidweiller


• This programme is dedicated to 25 young composers, stage directors and interpreters from diverse artistic, sociocultural and geographical horizons.
• The program will end in the return of 5 participative forms from 7 till 10 minutes proposed in 5 unusual places of Aix-en-Provence during the Festival d'Aix in June 2019. These forms will be conceived and consisted for and in these places. The teams will have neither costume, nor set, nor technical team. Places remain in service during the representations.
• 25 artists will be distributed in 5 artistic teams constituted of one composer, one stage director and 3 interpreters (instrumentalists or singers) accompanied with one or several amateur groups of the Passerelles service. Librettos will be written by one author based on interviews of 5 personalities of Aix-en-Provence to 5 places on the theme: " What do you dream for your city? " This theme echos the opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Kurt Weill), production of the Festival 2019.


Workshop : 2019, March 8 to 10
Residency : 2019, June 10 to 16


1. Shortlisting* via application:
• CV (in English) and photo
• Covering letter in English or in French
• Any items already produced that could help assess your work (score, booklet, mock-up , video, etc.) via SoundCloud, YouTube, Dropbox (please check the links remain valid until 2019, January 31st).

Online applications

All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Not application fees.


Accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.
* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town/city of residence and Aix/Marseille. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)

* Application shortlisting results will be announced on 2018, December.

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