La Biennale di Venezia has redefined its mission in its every field of endeavor. In addition to its work to promote knowledge among the general public (Exhibitions and Festivals) it has introduced a strategic programme to train young artists. Known as the Biennale College, this programme is already underway in the sectors of Dance, Theatre and Cinema. To encourage young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”. This is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-arrayed bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the best conditions that an international institution can offer.
Since 2013 the Music Department has been advancing the project by Director Ivan Fedele, which will involve those applicants considered by the artistic director of the Music sector of the Biennale di Venezia, at his own discretion, to respond to the goals of his artistic project for the year 2017.
The Biennale College – Music project intends to promote and support the production of a maximum of 3 “low budget” chamber musical theatre works, no theme specified, lasting no longer than 20’ each, to be presented by the Biennale di Venezia and released in suitable formats, and online.
The selection is open, internationally, to teams consisting of a composer, a librettist, a director and a set-designer/video-artist aged 35 and under.
The composers need not necessarily be at their debut work and must apply in association with librettists, directors and set designers/video-artists in a musical theatre project composed for the following instruments: flute (any one of the series), clarinet (piccolo, soprano or bass as desired), trumpet or trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussions (1 performer), MIDI keyboard (not live electronics), plus a conductor.
The vocalists must number no more than 4 chosen among the following voice types: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass.
The application must be submitted exclusively as a team (composer, librettist, director, set designer/video-artist). No substitutions will be allowed within the selected teams.
To participate in the selection process, each team will be required to pay a registration fee in the amount of € 100 (VAT included) to be paid by credit card.
The selected teams must pay for their own travel and food expenses in Venice during each phase of the project; lodging expenses will be paid by the Biennale di Venezia.
The documentation – which must be submitted exclusively online between January 10th and 22nd 2017 – must include:
a) A 1-page synopsis.
b) A low-budget project more or less 5 pages long, that describes the general idea of the project with the original subject.
c) The composers must submit two scores and relative recordings, if available, for a chamber ensemble with or without voice.
d) The librettists must submit two previously written texts, which need not necessarily have been written for the theatre.
e) The directors must submit at least one theatre project that has already been produced, or at least developed.
f) The set designers must submit two projects that have already been produced or at least developed.
g) The curriculum vitae of the composer, the librettist, the director and the set designer/video-artist.
h) The casting project.
i) Release forms concerning full ownership of the rights to the submitted project or, should the rights of third parties be involved, the guarantee that the acquisition of all rights in view of production has been concluded or is currently being negotiated.
The selection will be made by the Director of the Music Sector of the Biennale di Venezia, whose decision will be final; he may opt in this phase to be assisted by consultants of his own choosing, who might include, merely as an example, a director, an actor, a writer, an expert in theatre productions, a composer. The selection, up to a maximum of 3 projects, will be announced around mid-February 2017.
Following the announcement the selected teams will undersign a specific document with La Biennale di Venezia that will detail the conditions of their participation (which henceforth include: the commitment to participate in the seminars in Venice and to produce the project as dictated by to the established criteria; the guarantee of exclusivity for the premiere performance; a specific clause to regulate all contact with the press on the part of the selected teams, which must always be agreed upon in advance with the Biennale; a confidentiality clause).
The project will be coordinated by the Director of the Music Sector of the Biennale di Venezia as follows:
> By mid-March 2017 a week-long workshop will be held in Venice with artists and masters from the various disciplines involved in the project, focusing on the general themes of traditional and contemporary musical theatre, especially as they concern the relationship between text and music.
The Artistic Director reserves the right to approve in full or in part, no later than the end of February 2017, the projects developed during this phase, and to invite the teams of the selected projects to participate in the next phase.
> By mid-April 2017, the teams must submit: at least half of the score, the projects for the stage production and for the set design, the libretto.
The teams of the selected projects must come to Venice to attend a week-long workshop.
> Between the end of May and early June 2017, a one-week working session will be held with the Biennale College team. At this time, the complete score must be submitted, pre-production will be formalized and the actual feasibility and costs of each selected project will be verified.
During this week-long working session, the teams must organize the production of the works, including:
- the selection of the singers from a roster proposed by the Director of the Music Sector;
- the definitive draft of the production budget by the staff of the Biennale College Music;
- the development of a production plan that includes stage and musical rehearsals.
The performance of the works will take place during the month of October 2017 as part of the 61st International Contemporary Music Festival. The teams must complete the production of the works, including:
- Stage and musical rehearsals with the support of the artists and masters involved in the project (tentatively this will require one week of work).