Top directors for Al Ain Music Festival
Abu Dhabi, March 10, 2008
Four of Europe’s leading artistic directors are conducting a three-day theatre and performing arts workshop programme as part of this year’s expanded Al Ain Classical Music Festival.
The workshops, covering a range of disciplines for would-be performing artists, arts institutions staff and university arts students, are free of charge to everyone in the UAE as the country’s capital progresses its arts education programme, said an official spokesman.
Staged under a co-operative agreement between Abu Dhabi Concert Committee with Italy’s famed Accademia Teatro alla Scala – the theatre school of Milan’s renowned opera house – the workshops will be conducted by festival director of the annual Helsinki Festival Risto Nieminem; co-ordinator of Accademia Teatro Alla Scala’s Artistic Department Gaston Fournier and leading directors Cecilia Balestra and Carmelo Di Gennaro.
The workshop concludes tomorrow (March 11) at the ADMA/OPCO Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for amateurs and professionals involved in the theatre and performing arts scene to absorb knowledge from some of the most eminent experts in the business,” said Massimo Nebuloni, project and tour manager of Accademia Teatro Alla Scala, who is directing this year’s Al Ain Classical Music Festival.
The workshops began with a three-hour workshop on March 9 by Risto Nieminem who outlined some of the secrets behind the staging of successful arts festivals, using Helsinki as a case study. The same day, Gaston Fournier delivered an in-depth look at what goes into artistic direction and the future of opera in the Internet age.
Day two saw celebrated musician Cecilia Balestra cover a detailed look at the international market for serious music from the role of artist management agencies to the vagaries of copyright. Cecilia will also be involved in a March 11 workshop when she will focus on the project management and programming of serious music.
March 11 will also feature a session by Carmelo Di Gennaro on opera education. She will use the education department of the Madrid Royal Opera House as a case study and then explore the profiles of the ‘French’ model against that of the British.
The workshop programme is the latest initiative in Abu Dhabi’s ongoing campaign to nurture a national psyche of arts appreciation ahead of the opening of the world-class cultural assets planned for the cultural district of its Saadiyat Island development.
These include the Shaikh Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi universal museum, a performing arts centre and maritime museum. – TradeArabia News Service