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Symphony of a Missing Room wins Montblanc Young Directors Award

24 AUG 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:00 h;
published in: Drama, General

Thomas Oberender, Birgit Minichmayr, Norbert A. Platt, Christer Lundahl, Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, Martina Seitl, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Thaddaeus Ropac, Photo: Wildbild
The Montblanc Young Directors Award was presented this year for the tenth time. The theater project was again sponsored entirely by the international culture brand Montblanc. As in previous years, the sale of Montblanc’s Salzburg special edition “Hommage à Max Reinhardt” generated additional sponsorship funds and allowed a fifth production to be staged in 2011.

The jury – Helga Rabl-Stadler (President of the Salzburg Festival), Birgit Minichmayr (actress), Andrea Schurian (journalist), Klaus Maria Brandauer (actor) and Thaddaeus Ropac (Ropac Gallery), – declared Symphony of a Missing Room this year’s winning piece, applauding Lundahl & Seitl’s production for the high quality of its ideas, concept, actors and execution. “The poetic direction and seduction into imaginative worlds and one’s own interior world makes this production an all-embracing experience for each person.”

This year, the following five pieces were nominated for the award, which carries a cash value of 10,000 Euros:

• The Copenhagen collective SIGNA with the premiere of The Former House – a harrowing theatre installation about human trafficking and prostitution in a house in Maxglan.

• The London-based artists Lundahl & Seitl with Symphony of a Missing Room. Actors blindfold the audience and lead them through the Museum of Modern Art and into interior worlds at the same time.

• The Belgian theatre ensemble Ontroerend Goed with A Game of You, six rooms laid out so that each member of the audience can watch him or herself, another member of the audience and the actors.

• The Swedish performance group Poste Restante with The Dinner Club – Salzburg Classes, a training seminar about the art of fine manners with a subsequent test.

• Also, Rachel Chavkin with the company The TEAM and Mission Drift, a journey to the heart of capitalism, which narrates four centuries of American history through the main characters’ thirst for adventure.

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