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Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

From score to freedom

Building interdisciplinary bridges for singers

27 October - 01 November 2018

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, in cooperation with the Theaterakademie August Everding, is planning a series of workshop with the German stage director Nico Hümpel aiming at strengthening interdisciplinary links between performers and creators at the start of a creative process.

The stage director Nicola Hümpel and her group “Nico and the Navigators” are dedicated to very special, independent working methods: "We work exclusively through improvisation, so that every member of the ensemble navigates the piece" says Hümpel. Her method, which she has taught for ten years at renowned conservatoires and drama schools, is called “guided Improvisation”. In a close dialog with “Nico” the performers, singers and musicians find and create their own artistic expression. By body-work they are developing their individual languages on stage - including motions, sounds and  their very personal interpretations from traditional scores. Every artist is individually involved with his or her specific character and cultural background. 

The theme of the workshop is “upheaval” and will be a journey through arias and music pieces from different times, that where composed during great political and social changes. During the research phase, the participants of the workshop will study phenomena and behaviours of societies during upheaval eras in collaboration with Nico Hümpel.

Nicola Hümpel and all participating artists will develop first ideas for a new piece : How to focus on the subject to work on? What am I interested in? How and what kind of research is needed? How could ideas be realized on stage? 

As a beginning of a creative process that involves a renewal of classical forms the objective of the workshop is to facilitate building bridges between high culture and every day life, to develop close dialogs between musicians and performers beyond illustration. Base for this is a workout to get away from artificial gestures finding an individual connection between voice and body/instrument and body. 

This workshop is part of a two-workshops cycle mentored by Nicola Hümpel. The second workshop will take place at the Theaterakademie August Everding (Munich) in December and will deepen the method of involving performers in the creative process. The participation in both workshops is not automatic nor compulsory and the application to each of them should be done separately.

Singers, pianists, composers, stage directors, dramaturgs, lighting and set designers are invited to apply. 



>> 11-15 December 2018, Part 2: Improvising as music theatre creation / Theaterakademie August Everding



- to develop needed skills regarding different working periods: from idea to concept, 
from concept to realisation on stage 
- involving the performing artists into the whole creative process
- to define the own individual artistic style and the artistic style of the ensemble at the same time 
- to improve work regarding improvisation  
- voice training coaching
- body work training  


 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 after the registration deadline
- 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


- it is not compulsory to participate in both workshops
- if you are interested in applying to the two parts, please inform the enoa institution you are connected to.

 Practical information

Public Performances: there will be one open session

Quota: 4 participants sent by enoa institutions / 6 positions reserved for participants selected by the hosting institution

Location: Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel – 445 chaussée de Tervuren / 1410 Waterloo

Arrival date: October 26th, 2018

Departure date: November 1st, 2018 from 2pm

Accommodation (taken in charge by the sending institution):  Possible upon booking at least 2 months in advance > 30€ / night including breakfast and basic diner food 


 Artistic requirements

Selection Criteria: past experiences in interdisciplinary projects, strong contemporary music skills, will to share personal artistic skills and to bring an out-of-the-box thinking to an ongoing project

Tessitura: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass 

Programme to prepare: two/three pieces linked to the idea of “upheaval” and of changes (for instance music written during a war, or for the rise of a new country, a social revolution…)

Specific expectations: ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment / Ability to work as a team and to bring artistic suggestion



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Costume designer
Lighting designer
Stage director




Nicola Hümpel

stage director