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Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Towards a new Dramaturgy?

mentored by Luc Joosten & Wout van Tongeren

09 - 12 November 2022

Dutch National Opera & Ballet


With this workshop, the Dutch National Opera wishes to put the question of Dramaturgy for a contemporary and future opera practice in the centre of its attention.


It confronts the classical, repertoire and work oriented Dramaturgy with the urging questions of decolonisation, diversity, equality in the creative opera practice, and looks at how dramaturgy can be of importance for opera in the future.



This workshop does not focus on the function of THE dramaturg, but on the place of Dramaturgy as an "open space", as a reflective, transformational tool in the creative process in opera, and the link with other domains in operatic field. In that sense, it is also important for artists and future managers who want to reflect on the opera practice today.


As such the workshop is not dramaturgy-oriented only, but raises the subject of a broad reflective practice in the making, managing and presenting of opera today and in the future.


Participants will be asked beforehand to choose an opera title from the established repertory that is problematic for the way it deals with issues like colonialism, politics, gender, racial stereotypes, etc. (e.g. Otello, Die Zauberflöte, Turandot). During the workshop participants will bring in their chosen opera as a case study to discuss.


At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will present in brief a concept for a dramaturgical approach of the chosen opera.




- Luc Joosten (Head of Dramaturgy DNO)
- Wout van Tongeren (Dramaturge DNO)
- Guest speakers: Maarten van Hinte (dramaturg), Nicholas Till (scholar), Sjaron Minailo (director) – all t.b.c.


The workshop will be in close collaboration with the Dramaturgy Department of DNO.


 Practical informations


Date: From November 8th (start November 9th at 10 AM) to 12th, 2022

Place: Dutch National Opera & Ballet


 Application process



Application requirements:


• Letter of motivation (in English or Dutch)


• CV (in English or Dutch)


Program to prepare: Information will be sent out the accepted participants closer to the date.


> A strong interest in the exchange, dialogue and reflection on opera and the arts from a primarily practice oriented perspective.

> It is important to be aware that this is not an academic, theoretical workshop.

> No age limit for applicants


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


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments




Number of participants: max. 12

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 6

- Positions reserved for participants selected by the hosting institution: 6




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