Young Directors Project 2012 powered by Montblanc

Aug 01 2012
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For the 11th consecutive time, the arts and culture brand Montblanc shows its outstanding cultural engagement by supporting the Young Directors Project as part of the renowned Salzburg Festival. The very successful annual project is an exciting theatre competition for young, upcoming international  theatre directors and their ensembles.
A long-lasting, engaging relationship: Montblanc and the Salzburg Festival

The Young Directors Project has been an integral part of the drama programme at the Salzburg Festival since 2002. The successful partnership, which leads to the Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and has been prolonged until 2014, with the option of extending the cooperation to 2016.

Montblanc sponsors the selection of productions and their invitation to Salzburg, while covering any costs for the organisation. In addition to the overall sponsorship of the highly acclaimed cultural project, Montblanc also donates the prize for the winner of the Young Directors Project. The winning ensemble and director will receive €10,000 in prize money and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt pen exclusively designed for this project.

Gleaming Premiere at the Young Directors Project 2012

On July 31st, 2012 Montblanc celebrated the premiere of “Trapped“ by Tick Tock Productions / South Africa at the Young Directors Project 2012 with a glamorous reception, followed by the Montblanc premiere party at the Gallery of Young Directors Project jury member Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg.
Illustrious guests from all over the world like actresses Teri Hatcher and Rosario Dawson, actor Clemens Schick as well as friends of the brand such as the artist couple EVA & ADELE joined the event and supported this year’s Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc.

Five international productions and a prestigious jury at the Young Directors Project 2012

In 2012, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Director of Drama of the Salzburg Festival and the arts and culture  brand have invited theatre directors and their ensembles from South Africa, Austria, France and  South Korea to be judged by experienced experts from the Arts World. This year, the prestigious jury consists of Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler (president of the Salzburg Festival) and Thaddaeus Ropac (Ropac Gallery) who have been supporting the project from the very beginning. They will be joined for the first time in 2012 by the actor August Diehl, the author Händl Klaus and the critic Peter Kümmel. This year, the Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc proudly features the following productions:

• “Trapped“ by Tick Tock Productions / South Africa
• “Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz“ Theater Montagnes Russes / Austria
• “Éternelle Idole“ and “This is how you will disappear“ by Gisèle Vienne / France
• “Hamlet Cantabile Performance Group“ by Tuida /South Korea

“The Young Directors Project is very dear to our hearts and will continue thanks to the generous support of Montblanc. In the future we intend to tread a balanced path with the Young Directors Project between support and presentation“, states Sven-Eric Bechtolf. The project will therefore show both, existing productions already enjoying a certain success as well as interesting artists who are not yet well-established. Thus, the Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc intends to produce two plays a year and to invite two productions which have already passed the crucial test posed by critical audiences. Moreover, the Young Directors Project responsibles will also invite productions outside of the competition because they embody the themes of departure and searching in a particularly exemplary manner, even though they may no longer meet the age criteria of the competitor’s rules.

Montblanc’s cultural engagement

Montblanc has a rich heritage in supporting artists and cultural projects around the world – the Young Directors Project is one of various initiatives powered by Montblanc. The arts and culture brand continues to find new ways to support cultural advancement and celebrate artistic talent across music, theatre, opera and dance. For more information about Montblanc’s cultural foundation please visit­montblanc/arts-­and-­culture.


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