Operatie Muziektheater

A new edition of Operatie Muziektheater (Operation Music Theatre; OMT) takes place on 20 May. It is the network meeting for the active players in the (inter)national music theatre field. Makers present their latest works and will be able to get to know programmers from many different countries as well as other makers.

For makers AND programmers
Makers come into contact with global programmers and other professionals at OMT. They will be given advice and can increase their chances of bringing their performances to audiences in the Netherlands and elsewhere. In turn, the programmers sample the works of today's and tomorrow's promising music theatre talents. A selection of the most engaging new performances will be staged in the course of a single day. Lex Bohlmeijer chairs the one-day event.

How to apply
The application for Operatie Muziektheater 2017 is closed. Would you like to attend the meeting? Send an email to rick@operadagenrotterdam.nl

Guy Coolen and Tobias Kokkelmans will review the applications and make a selection after 20 April. The main criterion is that the work should either be newly created or an adaptation of existing material (composition and/or staging).

Pre pitches
The selected makers will address a roomful of programmers at OMT and deliver a pitch in the space of three minutes or less. The makers will rehearse their pitches during the pre-pitch stage on 3 May from 10.30 a.m. tot 2 p.m. in order to ensure that everyone is well-prepared before the start. There will be opportunities on the day for the makers to get to know each other and put questions to the OMT team.

This year's OMT will be held in the Ro Theater on 20 May 2017. The programme consists of pitches by the makers as well as speed dates between makers and international programmers. Plus, presentations by global players in the field.

10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Arrival; participants to collect their badges
10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. Start program, introduction by Guy Coolen
10.45 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Keynote by Beth Morrison
11.00 a.m. – 12.10 p.m. Pitches by Dutch music theatre makers
12.10 p.m. – 12.45 p.m. Lunch
12.45 p.m. – 13.30 p.m. Pitches by foreigner music theatre makers
13.30 p.m. – 14.00 p.m. Speed dates
14.00 p.m. – 15.00 p.m. Berlin pitches curated by Roland Quitt
15.00 p.m. – 15.30 p.m. Speed dates
15.30 p.m. – 16.00 p.m. Presentations by 33 1/3

05.00 p.m. – Show Poolnacht by Post uit Hessdalen (BE)
07.00 p.m. – Show Shorelines by Cryptic (UK) & Ragazze Quartet (NL)
08.30 p.m. – GALA!

The pitches are delivered over two one-hour blocks. Each maker has a maximum of three minutes to talk about their performance. The makers will underpin their pitches using projections, sound, live singing and/or (acoustic) music.

Speed dates
The makers will be given the opportunity to speed date with several international programmers of their choice after delivering their pitches. Both parties will look squarely into each other's eyes for a maximum of five minutes. What is the programmer interested in? And does this resonate with the maker's work?

Signing up for the speed dates
Makers who are pitching their projects will be the first to get an opportunity to sign up for the speed dates followed by the other participants. A list of all the available speed dates will be displayed on a large noticeboard in the foyer of the Ro Theater around 1 p.m..

Discounts on performances
The OMT participants will be able to watch two performances at a discount following the event: Poolnacht by Post uit Hessdalen (BE) at 5 p.m. and Shorelines by Cryptic & Ragazze Quartet (NL) at 7 p.m.. The price per ticket is just € 10 for each performance.

Operadagen Rotterdam holds its first GALA! on the same day from 8.30 p.m.. This festive evening programme in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg brings together music theatre makers from around the world and puts the spotlight on various extraordinary performers. The GALA! is free for OMT participants.

Any questions?
Please email Rick Mouwen via rick@operadagenrotterdam.nl.

This project is supported by Dutch Performing Arts, a programme of the Performing Arts Fund NL. Dutch Performing Arts promotes Dutch music, theatre and dance on the international stage. www.dutchperformingarts.nl