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20th November 2016

11:00–11:35 AM

Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim – Schnawwl: Studio

Performance: Theater De Spiegel (Belgium) – NEST

11:00-12:00 PM

Tanzhaus Käfertal/NTM


12:00–12:15 PM

Tanzhaus Käfertal/NTM

Welcoming Speech (ger/en)

Prof. Dr. Gerd Taube & Annett Israel

12:15–1:45 PM

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Rolling On: Contemporary music theatre for young audiences‘ current situation and its future prospects – Opening Speech (ger/en)

Ina Karr

followed by a discussion with Prof. Dr. Matthias Rebstock:

What’s next for Music Theatre for Young Audiences? (ger/en)

Host: Prof. Dr. phil. Geesche Wartemann

1:45–2:00 PM

Short break

2:00–3:30 PM

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AGORA – A marketplace style discussion: Stances on current developments within music theatre for young audiences in Germany and Europe will be exemplified by:

Zonzo Compagnie (Belgium) – Sara Joukes

Royal Opera House Stockholm (Sweden) – Anna Karinsdotter

Junge Oper Stuttgart (Germany) – Ulrike Hönig, René Dase

Dieserud/Lindgren (Norway) – Christina Lindgren

Holland Opera (The Netherlands) – Niek Idelenburg

Junge MET/Theater Pfütze (Germany) – Martin Zels, Jürgen Decke

3:30-4:30 PM

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Experiment Spaces – An Introduction (ger/en)

Introductions to the content, work method and aim of each Experiment Space presented by each creative expert.

4:30-5:00 PM

Evening Snack

17:30-18:30 PM

Nationaltheater Mannheim: Lower Foyer

Opening of Happy New Ears – European Festival

7:00-8:30 PM

Nationaltheater Mannheim – Werkstadt Studio

Performance: Royal Opera House Stockholm (Sweden) – MY BROTHER DON JUAN/MIN BROR ÄR DON JUAN


Nationaltheater Mannheim: Theatercafé

Closing remarks accompanied by HÖRBAR – An Extraordinary Sound Experience

21st November 2016

9:30-10:30 AM

Erich-Kästner Primary School

Performance: Junge Oper Mannheim (Germany) – (H)EAR ATTACK!/LAUSCHANGRIFF

9:30-10:30 AM

Nationaltheater Mannheim: Lower Foyer

Performance: Junge Oper Mannheim (Germany) – ACOUSTIC PLAYGROUND/KLANGSPIELPLATZ

10:00-10:35 AM

Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim – Schnawwl: Studio

Performance: De Spiegel (Belgium) – NEST

11:00-5:00 PM (incl. breaks & between 1 and 2 PM lunch-package-delivery)

Experiment Spaces – An Investigation: What does experimenting with music theatre for children involve?

In the experiment spaces, various artistic approaches, modes of enquiry and techniques within contemporary music theatre for young audiences will be investigated.


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1. Art is not a matter of age but of curiosity. Balancing between the Abstract and the Concrete – Encountering Art as a Young Human Being (0-3 years) (en)

Karel Van Ransbeeck and Astrid Bossuyt


Musikpark Mannheim

2. The voice: A Playground – Vocal Experiments

Christian Kesten



3. inside + outside – MAKING THE AUDIBLE VISIBLE

Mathias Hinke


FORUM Jugendkulturzentrum

4. Forming Acoustic Spaces – Composing Music Theatre with Children

Anselm Dalferth and Johannes Gaudet



5. In Conversation with Music Cultures

Anne-Kathrin Ostrop and Johanna Wall together with Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels , Ulrich Lenz and Mustafa Akça


5:15-6:15 PM

Assembly Hall (Aula) Justus von Liebig School


6:30-7:30 PM

Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim – Schnawwl: Spielraum

Performance: Junge Oper Mannheim (Germany) – ROMEO & ZELIHA

6:30-7:20 PM

Nationaltheater Mannheim: Studio Werkhaus

Performance: Zonzo Companie (Belgium) – LISTEN TO THE SILENCE

8:00-9:30 PM

Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim – Werkhaus Studio


Host: Bernd Mand and discussion stimuli by Roland Quitt

from 9:30 PM

Foyer Collini-Center

Hörbar – BMX-Performance and closing remarks

22nd November 2016

9:30-10:30 AM

Tanzhaus Käfertal/NTM

Experiment Spaces – A moment to Reflect

The Experiment Space groups will reflect on which of the observations, experiences, questions and inspiration thrown up in their practical investigations they would like to present to the group.

The Experiment Space-groups will be moderated by: Anna Eitzeroth, Anne Richter, Dorothea Hartmann, Ina Karr and Johanna Wall

10:30-11:00 AM

Coffee break

11:00-12:00 PM

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Experiment Spaces – A moment to Exchange (ger/en)

Exchanging the results from the Experiment Spaces within the wider group.

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch break

1:00-3:00 PM

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Challenges, Suggestions and Visions for Opportunities for Development within Contemporary Music Theatre for Young Audiences: national and international observers summarize the congress (ger/en)

Gerald Mertens (Deutsche Orchestervereinigung & netzwerk junge ohren), Amelie Mallmann (Dramaturgische Gesellschaft), Joscha Schaback (Schott Musikverlag), Dr. Charlotte Seither (Deutscher Komponistenverband), Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva (Finnland – reseo), Diana Kržanić Tepavac (Serbien-ASSITEJ international)

Host: Roland Quitt

3:00-3:3o PM

Final Remarks – Conclusion of the congress (ger/en)

4:00-4:40 PM

Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim – Schnawwl: Studio

Performance: (The Netherlands) – HUI! (WOEI!)