Freitag, 16. November 2018, 10:00 - 17:00 iCal

Music Theatre in Motion

Reflections on Dance in Opera

International conference

Vlaamse Opera Ghent
Schouwburgstraat 3, 9000 Gent

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Samstag, 17. November 2018, 10:00 - 16:00

The European Academy of Music Theatre ( and Opera Vlaanderen (Ghent/Antwerp; are organizing the international conference "Music Theatre in Motion. Reflections on Dance in Opera" on November, 16th and 17th, in Ghent on the occasion of the first night of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s direction and choreography of Philip Glass’s "Satyagraha".

Although Opera and Dance have a rich joint history, the operatic landscape nowadays offers new forms of artistic interchange between both genres. Due to the more intensive collaboration between directors and choreographers, new perspectives of the interpretation and conceptualisation of dance have reached opera.

The goal of this symposium is to create a dialogue between internationally renowned researchers and new themes and findings on the one hand, and the vision of artists on the other hand. Both from historical examples as well as from contemporary productions, artistic tendencies will be analysed and discussed. In addition, artistic, conceptual as well as organisational aspects will be covered and the innovative character of new synergies between opera and dance will be pointed out.

The conference is held in English.

With contributions by Norbert Abels (Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen), Koen Bollen (Opera Vlaanderen), Aviel Cahn (Opera Vlaanderen), John Deathridge (King’s College, London), Rebecca Harris-Warrick (Cornell University, USA), Arnold Jacobshagen (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln), Stephanie Jordan (University of Roehampton, London), Luc Joosten (De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam), Koen Kessels (Royal Opera House, London), Dominique Meyer (Wiener Staatsoper), Sergio Morabito (design. Wiener Staatsoper), Stephanie Schroedter (Freie Universität Berlin), Susanne Vill (Universität Wien), and the opera directors and choreographers Cindy van Acker, Stijn Celis, Amir Hosseinpour, Katrin Kolo, Joachim Schlömer, Christian Spuck and Demis Volpi.

Conceived and organized by Isolde Schmid-Reiter (University of Vienna / European Academy of Music Theatre), Luc Joosten and Koen Bollen (Opera Vlaanderen).


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Europäische Musiktheater-Akademie und Opera Vlaanderen


Isolde Schmid-Reiter