The project NEW music theatre wants to create new sustainable production processes for music theatre and provide young promising composers and writers a platform where they can develop their artistry. Novia University of Applied Sciences was granted a 3-year project support for music theatre from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland’s special financing with the purpose to challenge and develop the music theatre field in Finland. With this project we wish to break the boundaries for what music theatre can be and make way for new forms of music theatre in Finland.
Six young composers and writers were selected for the project during the autumn of 2015.
The selection was made by the project’s reference group, which consists of both music and theatre specialists. The reference group includes Sebastian Fagerlund (composer), Markus Fagerudd (composer), Jakob Höglund (director, actor, choreographer), Dick Idman (actor, director), Marina Meinander (dramaturge), Åsa Salvesen (director, theatre manager – Wasa Theatre), Anna Simberg (dramaturg), Erik Söderblom (opera and theatre director), Patrick Wingren (composer), also Annika Mylläri (opera singer, CEO – Schauman Hall) and Sören Lillkung (opera singer, Dean of Culture Department, Novia University of Applied Sciences).
The project participants are:
Sebastian Hilli & Maria Kallio
Eero Paalanen & Ulriikka Heikinheimo
The project also collaborates with the University of Arts and its Theatre Academy in Helsinki where the students in Performing Arts (BA program) take part in a music theatre production directed by Jakob Höglund. NEW music theatre provides the funding for the dramaturge Tobias Zilliacus and the composer Robert Kock. The production Tragedi has it’s opening night 22.3.2016 in Mediakeskus Lume, Helsinki.
Yrkeshögskolan Novia / FoU