New Crowned Hope

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Country and Region AustriaVienna
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Vienna, Austria
Festival Contact Information

New Crowned Hope
Wiener Festwochen
Lehárgasse 11
1060 Vienna, Austria
Phone: (43) 1-589-22-0
Fax (43) 1-58922-49

Festival Description

Celebrated U.S. theatre and opera director Peter Sellars was invited by the City of Vienna to create New Crowned Hope as part of Vienna Mozart Year 2006. New Crowned Hope is the name that the he has given to the festival that was taken from the title of the Masonic Lodge that Mozart helped to open in the last weeks of his life. Inspired by the profound humanity of Mozart’s work, Sellars has conceived and curated the New Crowned Hope Festival, commissioning a variety of international contemporary artists who are known for making new work by creatively engaging with the cultural, intellectual and social issues of today. The Festival will pose the question: “How would Mozart compose today?” The answer will be explored through a programme of world premiere performances including music, theatre, dance, concerts, films, exhibitions, architecture and social projects.

Inspired by three of the great works of the last year of the composer’s life—The Magic Flute, La clemenza di Tito and the Requiem, Peter Sellars invited contemporary international artists in the fields of the performing and visual arts from very diverse cultural groups to come to Vienna to create new projects and to offer new interpretations of the underlying themes of these three masterpieces. The interpretations are rendered through music concerts; theatre, dance and opera performances; architecture, the visual arts and film. These interdisciplinary artistic projects will be prepared under the title “The Next Vienna” as an addition to the festival program. The new works, which will come to life with the participation of international partners, will be premiered in Vienna. The festival will then continue in London and New York.

Festival Dates November 17 - December 13, 2010
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