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Young Directors Project of the Salzburg Festival 2012 powered by Montblanc

14 JUN 2012

published in: Drama

Close up
Since 2002, the international cultural brand Montblanc has supported the Young Directors Project at the Salzburg Festival, a fascinating competition for young international theater directors and their ensembles.

This successful cooperation with the Festival has been extended for three more years – with an additional option to extend until 2016.

Through its sponsoring, Montblanc supports the selection and invitation of the productions to Salzburg as well as covering all local costs. In addition to sponsoring the entire project, Montblanc also donates the prize for the best director. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award receives 10,000 Euros as well as the Montblanc Max Reinhardt Pen, designed exclusively for this project.

Five international productions

Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival, has invited directors and their ensembles from South Africa, Austria, France and South Korea.

“Thanks to the generous support from Montblanc, the Young Directors Project, which is very dear to our hearts, can be continued. In the future, we want to maintain an even balance between support and presentation within YDP. Therefore, we will show both existing productions which have enjoyed success already and interesting artists who have not made big names for themselves yet.

The most important aspect for the success of YDP is the attention it devotes to young artists. Therefore, we will produce a separate magazine entitled 'Close Up', which allows us to really spotlight young artists. This project too is generously supported by Montblanc,” said Sven-Eric Bechtolf.

“I am particularly delighted that Sven-Eric Bechtolf is obviously interested in strong women. Three out of four directors featured in YDP are women, and two large-scale productions in the Festival’s main program – Der Prinz von Homburg and Peer Gynt – will be directed by women. In addition, it is my hope that as in 2003, participation in YDP will open the doors to a major breakthrough for the winning director. That year, Alvis Hermanis was the winner. It was the Latvian director’s first appearance in the West. This year, Hermanis has arrived at the heart of the Salzburg Festival, at the Felsenreitschule – where he will direct Die Soldaten,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said.

(Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, Andreas Schett)
© Katharina Schiffl

Read more at: http://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/presse

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