Open call for creative projects — Various Stages Festival 2020

Closing Date: 25 November 2019

Mahogany Opera Group

Location: UK wide




For the Various Stages Festival 2020, Mahogany Opera are offering workshops and a showcase for three project ideas.

Whether you call your project opera, music theatre, music-driven performance or something else, we’re looking for any sort of creative endeavour that explores the interplay between music and other forms of live performance. To find out more details on how to apply visit Mahogany Opera’s website.

We are offering workshops and a showcase for three project ideas to run alongside Mahogany Opera’s own works-in-progress. The projects will be selected by Mahogany Opera’s Artistic Director, Frederic Wake-Walker, Executive Manager, Ally Rosser and producer, Marc Dunleavy and the Various Stages Festival Artistic Advisors, Jamie Man (composer and conductor), Jessica Walker (performer, writer and educator) and Martin Berry (director and head of participation at Nottingham Playhouse).

– Space for up to three days of R&D per project in February/March 2020 – this does not necessarily have to happen in London, and we will work with you to find opportunities for these to happen locally to you, if that is preferable.
– Contribution of up to £2,000 towards personnel and materials for workshops – this does not include a fee for the lead artists involved in projects. Lead artist fees will be paid in addition and will be based on Mahogany Opera’s standard workshop fees.
– An Artistic Advisor – Jamie Man, Jessica Walker or Martin Berry – working collaboratively with you through preparation, workshops and showcase.
– Basic technical and administrative support. Mahogany Opera to be on hand to collaborate as required, acting as a mentor and/or creative sounding board.
– A 40-minute showcase and feedback session for each project on Thursday 19 March at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London to an open audience.The opportunity to meet and talk to producers, venues and programmers at the Various Stages Festival showcase.

Our vision is for opera to be a collaborative, inclusive and dynamic artform and our mission is to stretch the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for.
– We’re open to projects in various stages of development.
– We want to hear from artists who wish to develop and share their practice & exchange ideas.
– We are looking for ideas that challenge preconceived ideas and structures.
– We are interested in the quality of your work and your modes of expression, not simply where and with whom you have previously worked.
– The open call is not open to artists who are currently in undergraduate education.
– We work with a range of communities across our work and applications are actively encouraged from artists who reflect the diversity of our participants and audiences.
– We welcome applications from practitioners who consider themselves to be disabled and will make any reasonable adjustments required for any part of the open call process, and to support you in your role.
– While there is no fixed outcome beyond the showcase, we are interested in ideas that have the potential to be developed further. If we really knew what we were looking for then we wouldn’t be doing this open call! We want to be surprised and inspired by your idea.