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Opportunities: Open Call – OPERA PRIMA 2018 (Rovigo, Italy) Deadline – 14th July 2018

OPERA PRIMA 2018 (Rovigo, Italy) from the 13th to the 16th September 2018
Deadline: 14th July 2018
Online Application:
Fee to Participate or Apply: free

Description Of Opportunity:

The call is opened to single artists or emerging and independent professional companies that work with professional purposes in the field of contemporary theatre, dance and performing arts.

Deadline: 14th July 2018


Nine years after its last edition, Opera Prima Festival is going to come back in Rovigo (I)from the 13th to the 16th September 2018. The Festival is organized by Association Festival Opera Prima ets in collaboration with Teatro del Lemming and the Culture Department of the Municipality of Rovigo and with the support of Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Foundation and of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Born in Rovigo in 1994 under the artistic direction of Teatro del Lemming, Festival Opera Prima became immediately an event able to lead to critical attention a new theatrical generation that, in the 90s, was completely excluded from the Italian theatre scene. OPERA PRIMA became a “home” and a reference point for this generation, that soon proclaimed itself “Generation of the Invisible Theatres”. The Festival was really important to support those artists stand out. In recognition of this activity, in 1996 the Festival was the winner of the UBU “Giuseppe Bartolucci” prize, awarded by a jury led by the critic Franco Quadri. Coherently with its history, this new edition of Opera Prima wants to host and enhance the multiplicity of trends and researches in European theatre scene. It also wants to represent a bridge between different theatrical generations: in addition to the performances selected by this call, every year there will be four important artists or European historical theatre groups, that have to invite to the festival an unknown young artist or an unknown young group.


This call for entries is open to groups or artists that practice experimental theatre throughout Europe.We consider EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE those pieces that really question the different elements of theatre as the dramaturgy, the actor, the role of the spectator and the scenic space. In other words, experimental theatre is all that unconventional theatre pursuing the autonomy of scenic language from a written play; the redefinition of the scenic space; the reformulation of the role and the gaze of the spectator; an original actors’ training; a bond that connects the actors to the company’s project.

Participation requirements

The call is open to individual or groups of Italian and European artists operating in the field of theatre and performing arts, structured in any legal form that allows them to fulfill the administrative and bureaucratic practices necessary to finalize their performance.

Only artistic projects that conduct an experimentation with scenic languages, according to the points mentioned above, are eligible for selection.

The Festival artistic direction selects original works that have not been yet performed, as well as works that have already had their debut, but which have not yet reached an adequate circulation and/or visibility.

Publication of results

The association “Festival Opera Prima” will contact the representative person of the selected performances once the selection process has been completed.


The selected performances are going to be included in the 2018 edition of Festival Opera Prima.
All expenses and practices concerning copyrights, organization, communication, staff, promotion of the event will be in charge of the organization of the Festival.

At each selected company will be paid, after the presentation of an invoice, a fee that has to be agreed. To the people working in the performance will be guaranteed the possibility of lodging at an affiliated guest house.

Calendar and venue of performance

All the performances will take place from the 13th to the 16th of September 2018 in Rovigo inside the venues used by the Festival. The performances can even be realized in unconventional locations or outdoor. The artistic direction could ask the selected companies to realize more repetitions of the performance.

Selected candidates commit to:

  • support the promotion of FESTIVAL OPERA PRIMA throughout their channels (website, social, press office…);
  • respect Festival praxis regarding set-up times and rules;
  • perform the selected work on the agreed day or days.

Participation in the announcement implies full acceptance of this regulation.

The organization reserves the right to decide on issues not expected by this regulation.

How To Apply:

Submissions have to include:

  • The artistic curriculum of the company or of the artist;
  • Artistic form and technical specifications of the performance;
  • link to the full video of the performance (if the proposal consists of a debut, link to previous works).

All the submissions have to be sent by e-mail to: [email protected] having on the object of the mail “Submission to Opera Prima Festival 2018” by 12.00 pm on the 14th July 2018.

Other ways of sending materials are not accepted.

Participants authorize, pursuant to Law 196/2003 and to GDPR – European Regulation no. 2016/679, the processing of personal data and the use of the sent information for all the purposes related to the announcement.

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