Call for Scores

A new piece for ballet on the theme of 'Broken Relationships’


Submission period

Mon Dec 4, 2023 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Jan 15 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Thu Feb 15 at 05PM UTC
The Music Biennale Zagreb (MBZ) opens its 33rd edition at the Croatian National Theatre with a new ballet. With this call for scores, MBZ and the Croatian Composers' Society (HDS) are looking for music for the new ballet piece for chamber ensemble (and electronics - optional) inspired by the theme of the festival: Broken Relationships. Following this call for scores, a call for a choreographer will also be launched. The winners of the two calls will realize the project in coordination with the MBZ artistic team and Massimiliano Volpini, the director of the Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre.

Who can apply?

● All adult composers, regardless of age or nationality
● Applications can be made individually or in a team with a choreographer
● If applying as a team, please include the choreographer's CV and portfolio in addition to the documents mentioned above. In this case, the project description should include both the compositional and the choreographic concepts. In the case of a joint application, the jury reserves the right to select both authors or only the composer.

Competition conditions

● The winner undertakes to write a new original work in a duration of 20 minutes
● Instrumentation: chamber orchestra - the exact line-up TBA
● The use of electronics is possible upon prior consultation with the MBZ artistic team
● MBZ/HDS will reward the selected work with a sum of € 6,000.
● MBZ/HDS will also cover travel costs of up to 300 € and accommodation during the final rehearsals and the premiere (3 to 5 nights, depending on the needs of the production).
● During the stay in Zagreb, the artist is expected to work on the composition with the assigned choreographer, the HNK ballet ensemble, the orchestra, the MBZ artistic direction and the rest of the MBZ/HDS team.
● By applying to the competition, authors accept all terms and conditions of this call.
● The author is not entitled to unilaterally withdraw the selected composition.
● Applications that do not meet the above terms and conditions will be disqualified.

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