Opéra de-ci de-là - Aix en juin - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2019


October 5 2020 to June 12 2021
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Residency open to young early-mid-career authors, composers, stage directors, singers and instrumentalists

Opéra de-ci de-là residency offers a training program that explores the strengths, the stakes, and the potential for change in the opera industry. The program aims at training young creators and performers to create collaborative and immersive operas, in a setting that favors intercultural dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange. By investigating innovative and creative processes, the program provides young artists with the opportunity to develop short-form performances and offers them an immersive experience in the public space.
The second edition of the Opéra de-ci de-là residency originally scheduled in March and June 2020 will last for a full season. After a two-day videoconferencing seminar in June 2020, 4 other sessions are held online during this fall, then 2 face-to-face sessions in January and June 2021.

Appointing two authors, the group of artists and creators chosen in January 2020 offers to the residency a new space for reflection about the role of art in society today and how art can be used to respond in times of crisis. The residency also aims at underscoring the importance of storyline in intellectual discussions and the creative process.

The two days of meetings and exchange, which will focus on a reflection around multidisciplinarity and multiculturalism and introduce a political and scientific discourse, will also serve as an opportunity to prepare and enrich the participants’ future creative careers.

The authors integrated into this creative process will be responsible for writing the librettos for the four mini-operas, be based on the book Harmonices Mund by the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler—this iconic work of non-fiction places Art and the Sciences on an equal level and discusses the science of the natural world in poetic language.

There exists numerous links between Kepler and our world today. My story focuses in particular on the fine link between poetry and reason, while still leaving a large space for dreams.” Penda Diouf

The program will be led by ANTHONY HEIDWEILLER, who regularly holds workshops on artistic projects with a participatory dimension, and FRÉDÉRIQUE AÏT-TOUATI, theatre director and historian specialized in 17th century literature and modern science.

Why art?
To create a bridge between society and artists.
For a cosmopolitan society
.” Anthony Heidweiller, 2019 Festival d’Aix

"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...” Anthony Heidweiller


Anthony Heidweiller — singer and artistic associate director of the Opera Forward Festival of Amsterdam
Frédérique Aït-Touati — theatre director and historian specialized in 17th century literature and modern science


22 young authors, composers, stage directors, singers and instrumentalists from diverse artistic, sociocultural and geographical horizons among which:
Penda Diouf, ​Claire Tipy
Evan Lawson, Geordie Brookman, Alberto Martínez, Elise Chauvin, Simona Castria
Amy Crankshaw, Carmen C. Kruse, Christian Andreas, Mimi Doulton, Seydou Diarra
Benjamien Lycke, Josie Daxter, Laure Poissonnier, Halidou Nombre
Golfam Khayam, Paulina Platzer*, Anna Schors, Eira Sjaastad Huse, Colin Heller

* Participant supported by institution member of enoa network: Theaterakademie August Everding — Munich


— The 22 artists will be divided into artistic teams including an author, a composer, a stage director, and performers (instrumentalists or singers). Certain teams may be asked to develop a project involving a group of amateur artists from the Passerelles department.
— By the end of the program, participants will produce 7- to 10-minute-long performances – both collaborative and immersive, or even interactive – which will be presented in atypical venues not usually intended for live shows. These performances, to be shown in Aix en juin, as a prelude to the Festival d’Aix 2021, will be developed and composed for and in these spaces, based on interviews with leading figures linked to the venues. During the performances, the artistic teams will have no costumes, decors or technical support, and will perform while the spaces remain open for activity.


Distance seminar (Zoom) in the fall 2020: 5, 15 & 26 October and 12 & 13 November 2020
Workshop: 27 — 29 January 2021
Residency:  12 June 2021
Restitutions: 11 & 12 juin 2021 in the framework of Aix en juin 


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