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Theaterakademie August Everding

Theaterakademie August Everding

Adaptation in music theatre

new aesthetics to refine the potential of a genre

11 - 15 February 2019

Theaterakademie August Everding

The workshop brings artists of various professions together to discuss the theory and practice of adapting in contemporary music theatre.


It is motivated by the thesis that the renewal and development of today's music theatre largely depends on its ability to transform social states and collective affects into the object of music-theatrical work. Adaptation has a key function here, as it does not just mean pure technical transference, but most of all the translation (in the sense of Walter Benjamin) of a material as a critical questioning of its aesthetic-social explosive potential, now and in the future.


The work’s core will be on interdisciplinary and hybrid stage forms, whose aesthetics will thematise, problematize and transform the media experiences of people of the 21st century.

The workshop consists of theory and practice parts where the young artists learn the development of criteria and methods for adaptation.


In the practical part concepts for adaptation of five selected material samples will be developed, discussed and sketchily implemented (all together and in small groups).


In the theory part, contend-based criteria and practical methods for working on adaptations will be developed and discussed.


The parts will work on powerful adaptation in the history of music theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries, on contemporary discourse-forming works and on philosophical basic texts of a theory of adaptation.


In order to reflect on current practical work experiences, the participants will not only exchange ideas with the workshop leader but also with the performer Arne Vogelgesang, the author Clemens Meyer and the composer Brigitta Muntendorf, who are working on the premiere of Meyer's novel Im Stein as a hybrid musical theatre format for the Opera Halle.


This workshop will be mentor by Michael von zur Mühlen (stage director, head of dramaturgy, Oper Halle) and Dr. Jeanne Bindernagel (dramaturg, research associate Centre of Competence for Theatre University Leipzig)


 Application process

- the artist must be connected to one of the 13 enoa member institutions
- the artist must contact his/her sending institution, which decides if they recommend his/her application
- the hosting institution confirms the list of participants 
- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel
- per-diem are paid or not according to each institution’s internal rules

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


 Practical information

Subscription's deadline: December 1st, 2018

Location: Theaterakademie August Everding

Arrival date: February 10th, 2019

Departure date: February 16th, 2019

Number of participants: 7 recommended by enoa member institutions / 5 selected by the hosting insititution

 Artistic requirements

Selection criteria:

• CV (in English)
• Covering letter in English

Programme to prepare: information will be send to participants after the selection



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