Teatri Riflessi International Short Performance Festival

At its 9th edition, Teatri Riflessi is a festival consisting of several actions aiming at promoting the performing arts. At its heart is a short performance competition focused on live works no longer than 15 minutes and without distinction of genre. Since its first edition in 2009, the festival has been promoting and encouraging a discussion on dramaturgy and contemporary art languages connecting the stage to the representation of the territory and the territory to the contemporary scene.

2024 Edition

CONTEMPORARY VISIONS

Teatri Riflessi 9 is organised by IterCulture, in collaboration with the Municipality of Zafferana Etnea, the support of Regione Siciliana and the patronage of CENDIC – National Centre of Italian Contemporary Dramaturgy and the University of Messina.

The theme ‘Contemporary Visions’wants to promote a discussion on how contemporary art languages have changed to look at the future, sometimes interacting with the digital medium and unconventional spaces, sometimes exploring the creative potential of new performative dimensions hinged on the intersubjectivity of the aesthetic experience and co-creation with the beholder. The aim is to display to a wide audience works that—aware of the techniques and innovations that marked the evolution of the performing arts—can rewrite themselves as current and original, leveraging the challenge represented by the short format to avoid being vacuous virtuosity or the anticipation of still unfinished work.

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THE COMPETITION

No more than 12 short performances will be selected through the international call. Selected semifinalists are performing on Thursday, the 18th, and Friday, the 19th of July in Zafferana Etnea (Sicily, Italy). 

All selected semifinalists receive a cachet of €500 and a travel reimbursement. 

The Boards of experts from the performing arts industry (Technical, Critics’ and Special Awards)  will evaluate the semifinalists, proclaiming the finalists who are performing again on Saturday, 20 July. The Boards consist of theatre and festival directors and operators, critics, and performing arts scholars.

In addition to the prizes of the competition, the members of Teatri Riflessi’s network can appoint special awards: hosting a play within their theatres or festivals, offering artist residencies, or tutoring opportunities.

Published on the 8th of January, the call closes on the 24th of March 2024.

SHORT PERFORMANCE

Teatri Riflessi wants to enhance the short performance format per se: not as a reduction of a longer work nor as a starting point for a full-evening adaptation. The strength of the format lies in the artistic immediacy and urgency it conveys.

The framework of the competition connects, in a way, the ancient Greek theatre—devised as an outdoor competition for a vast audience—to the most provocative tendencies in happenings and performance art, which leverage the innate desire of the beholder to participate.

SUBMISSIONS STARTING FROM
8 JANUARY

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
MIDNIGHT (ITALIAN TIME)
24 MARCH

LIST OF SELECTED PARTICIPANTS
7 APRIL

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
H. 12:30 P.M.
10 APRIL

REPECHAGE
11-12 APRIL

FINAL LIST OF SEMIFINALISTS
13 APRIL

THE AWARDS

Best Short Performance – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 1,200
determined by the final ranking that adds together the weighted score given by the Technical, Critics’ and Special Awards Boards (40%), the Jury of the Final (40%), and the Youth Jury (20%).

Best Dramaturgy – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.

Best Direction – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.

Best Performer – Teatri Riflessi 9 |  € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.

Critic’s Award – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Critics’ Board.

‘Valentina Nicosia’ Fund | additional budget of € 600
awarded to one or more short performances based on the collective decision of the Technical and Critics’ Boards.

Special Mention of the Youth Jury  Teatri Riflessi 9
awarded by the Youth Jury to one of the semifinalists.

Special Mention of the Audience  Teatri Riflessi 9
determined by the audience during the final.

Special Mention of the Companies – Teatri Riflessi 9
determined by all competing companies.

Website link: https://www.iterculture.eu/en/teatri-riflessi/tr9/

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