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Theater for the Future

22 JUN 2011

published in: Drama, General

Thomas Oberender, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, Martine Dennewald

The Young Directors Project 2011 – powered by Montblanc

Since 2002, the international culture brand Montblanc has supported the innovative Young Directors Project at the Salzburg Festival, a fascinating competition for young, international stage directors and their ensembles. The Young Directors Project – powered by Montblanc – celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year and has become a fixture at the Salzburg Festival. “What really pleases me most is that many former participants have embarked upon successful, international careers in the meantime,” says Lutz Bethge, CEO of Montblanc International.

Thomas Oberender, Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival, has invited five directors and their ensembles this year from the USA, Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain and Belgium. “In the tenth year of the Young Directors Project, we are particularly interested in those young theater artists who experiment with the immersion of the audience in the performance, literally opening new spaces for theater. The audience is in the midst of the theatrical action, while the actors are suddenly ‘outside’: no longer on stage, but among the audience – and in the middle of the city, the Festival district, at the Museum and in Salzburg’s residences,” says Oberender.

The artistic due Lundahl & Seitl from London invites its audience to visit an imaginary museum within Salzburg’s Museum der Moderne; the Danish artists’ collective SIGNA lets the audience embark on a search for a missing building-owner. The artists of the Swedish group Poste Restante give courses in flirting and table-manners, among other topics, including opportunities to test the newly acquired knowledge; and the Belgian company Ontroerend Goed develops a game in which the viewer – and only he – sees himself as he could never see himself otherwise. The production by The TEAM is performed onstage at the republic and takes the audience on a journey through the history of the USA, right to the heart of American capitalism.

In the anniversary year, the Young Directors Project’s programming allows interested visitors to experience all five productions in any order within a space of only two days. Following Max Reinhardt’s inspiration, the entire city will become the stage.

The prominent and expert jury this year consists once again of Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler (President of the Salzburg Festival) and Thaddaeus Ropac (Galerie Ropac), who have both followed the project since its inception. In addition, actress Birgit Minichmayr (who plays the Lover in Salzburg’s Jedermann), journalist Andrea Schurian and actor Klaus Maria Brandauer complete the jury, as they did last year.

In addition to sponsoring the entire project, Montblanc donates the prize for the best director. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award in 2011 receives the sum of 10,000 Euros and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt Pen, designed especially for this project.

Further information at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/ydp2011/