Participants are required to form teams consisting of at least one director and one stage designer. However, we invite more team members, such as costume designers, dramaturgs, composers, etc.
Persons born on 19 August 1983 or later qualify to participate in the RING AWARD. This applies to all team members. No exceptions.
A storyboard is expected to explain on the basis of the complete score of the “Don Giovanni” the concrete activities on the stage (directions and design) step by step in the sequence of scenes. It is also essential to consider the musical text. The individual formation of the storyboard is left to the participants’ own decision. It may consist of model photos describing the scenes, or of drawn images with stage directions.
The online submission should be a condensed but representative version of your concept (however, it can also be identical to your portfolio, if not too extensive). The files are ideally printable on DIN A4 as they will be in the jury-folders throughout to competition. The initial main focus should be on the bound portfolio (no larger than DIN A3) which should be a comprehensive representation of your vision for the complete competition opera. It will be judged in the first round and should therefore contain everything to convince the jury of your concept.
For file uploads you may use the formats .pdf, .jpg, .png and .gif (other formats are not supported by the system and lead to a complete cancellation of the registration). No file must be larger than 16 MB. In case of incorrect inputs the files need to be re-uploaded.
The portfolio needs to be bound – no loose sheets!
It has to be strictly observed that the names of the participants as well as any other information which would enable their identification (institutions, nationalities, etc.) do not appear on the cover of the portfolio or anywhere else on the texts or pictures, etc. Anyone not complying with this regulation will be excluded from the competition. The address of the sender or team name(s) can of course be stated on the envelope (- but nowhere on the bound portfolio itself).
The budget applies to the stage realization of the given part of the competition opera at the finals. Nonetheless the budget should already be kept in mind when submitting the designs as their feasibility within the given budget is an essential assessment criterion of the competition. Any cost overruns at the stage of preparation for the finals give reason for an exclusion from the competition and offer other contestants an opportunity of moving up. The exact budget calculations have to be handed in for the semifinal (not the initial submission)
For both the online registration and the submission by post (date of postmark) the deadline is 19 August 2019.
The postal submission should arrive in Graz no later than 4 September 2019. Address:
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst
Institut 11 Bühnengestaltung / RING AWARD 20