Composer, saxophonist, and visual artist Celia Swart is the proud winner of the Keep an Eye Production Award 2021. The award, gifted by the Keep an Eye Foundation together with Wonderfeel, comes with a grant of ten thousand euros. Swart’s new production, developed with this financial support, wil premiere during Wonderfeel 2021.
The annual award offers young creatives the possibility to realize their artistic ideas and ambitions. With this grant of ten thousand euros, they can develop a new, complete stage production. Wonderfeel then provides the stage for the premiere of this production after which — depending on the corona regulations this summer — it will go on tour to other festivals. Music plays the biggest part in this production, but the winner is expected to explore other disciplines (of art) as well. The financial grant is provided by the Keep an Eye Foundation, and Wonderfeel supports the winner during the process of realizing and executing their production.
The award is granted by a professional jury, consisting of Martin Fondse (composer), Kenne Peters (musical programmer Musis and Musical Theater Arnhem), Willemijn Mooij (director Netherlands Bach Society), Masa Spaan (programmer classical music De Doelen and programmer with Wonderfeel) and Fedor Teunisse (artistic director Slagwerk Den Haag and Asko|Schönberg).
The versatile Celia Swart (1994) is composer, saxophonist, and visual artist.
After graduating from the Royal Conservatory in 2018, she composed pieces for the Ricciotti Ensemble, the Residentie Orkest, the Concertgebouworkest, the New Ensemble, Kluster5, and her own jazz formation SWART. Her music is abstract, dramatic, and a little minimalistic. Her drawings, stop-motion animation, and photography seamlessly match her harmonic and melodious compositions. She was already nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens Award and the International Rostrum of Composers, and now, after violist Diamanda Dramm and multi-instrumentalist Akim Moiseenkov, the third winner of the Keep an Eye Production Award.
Photo Karmit Fadael
The Keep an Eye Foundation
The Keep an Eye Foundation keeps its eyes peeled for young, promising talents in different disciplines. The foundation helps them present and develop their talents with stipends, awards, shows, and festivals, so they can realize their creative dreams. The foundation often collaborates with renowned institutions in the Netherlands. Keep an Eye also encourages exchanges between different disciplines and schools, so that creatives learn to see their work in a different perspective.