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Lecture-Workshop: “Collaborative/Interactive Music Theatre”

DateThurs 20th June, 2019. 
Time: 10am - 1pm
Where: ACCA auditorium 

To take part please sign up here

No experience of music theatre, opera or improvisation necessary. The only thing asked of participants is to arrive with an open mind and a willingness to participate in creative collaboration. Students and staff from across the music and drama departments are encouraged to attend, but everyone with interest in the topic is welcome. Please bring your instruments where applicable.

This session will open with an introduction and then a lecture titled Opening Opera, and is based on Dr. Helgi Ingvarsson’s DMus research "Opening Opera: Developing a framework that allows for the interactive creative processes of improvised theatre in the productions of new music-dramas." http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/21324/

After the lecture will be a short break, followed by a physical and mental warm-up and a workshop in which the group will be asked to create text and musical material collaboratively based on specific guidelines set by Dr. Ingvarsson. We will explore some of the methods for creating a short, experimental, collaborative piece of music theatre, which we will perform together at the end of our session.

 Dr. Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson is a composer, conductor, teacher and singer. He currently leads and develops Music Theatre Lab, a new module at the Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavík. It is part of the 2 year European Master of Music programme "New Audiences and Innovative Practice" (NAIP). http://www.musicmaster.eu/
Ingvarsson’s research explores creative collaboration and dramatic improvisation in new music-dramas. Looking towards the art of improvised theatre, the aim of his research is to achieve a dramatic process in opera which facilitates a flexible kind of dramaturgy, enabling singers and directors to lead and inform certain creative processes that are normally in the hands of the operatic composer and/or librettist alone. By developing particular unorthodox scoring methods, along with specific rehearsal schedule considerations that support these flexible processes, the composer attempts to create not improvised opera, but what could be called an open opera. http://helgiingvarsson.com/research


The Tapestry Project2019 - Britain Narrates an installation directed by Tim Hopkins, has just opened.  With new music by Robert Thomas, and visuals by Hopkins, the project sits at a crossroads of coincidences: the coming to light of an historic craft work marking a particular version of Britain’s past, and the immediate upheaval around Britain’s future. 

This immersive experience around the 240 foot 1966 Hastings Embroidery aims to imagine part of the complex energy of this as it rushes past us on its way to being something else. 





CROMT Director Nick Till and Evelyn Ficarra recently returned from Utrecht where they  attended the Performing Robotics Conference: Dialogues on Theatre and Robotics. Evelyn delivered a paper "Robot Opera: Performance, Embodiment, Vocality" reporting on CROMT's on-going Robot Opera Project. (May, 2019)

Tim Hopkins attended NOW 2019 - New Opera Workshop, Brisbane. Hosted by Opera Queensland and Queensland Conservatorium,  he gave a paper on Opera and Technology and worked with performance students on media theatre techniques in their opera and music theatre practice (April, 2019)

Nick Till represented CROMT in his keynote address at the annual symposium of The Finnish Musicological Society at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, (March 2019).