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17 June 2021

FEDORA Prizes, Winners



On June 17th, FEDORA, represented by its President Jérôme-François Zieseniss, and the Royal Theater of La Monnaie / De Munt, represented by its General Director Peter de Caluwe, presented the FEDORA Prizes Award Night Ceremony.

A virtual welcome from the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie / De Munt awaited attendees where the winners of the FEDORA Prizes 2021 were announced. Participants were also able to discover insights about the creation process of the winning teams of the 2020 edition.

If you missed it, watch it below.



The Winners of the FEDORA Prizes 2021

Like flesh

Led by Opéra de Lille (France)
Winner of the FEDORA Opera Prize 2021

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, a woman mourns the devastation of the forest around her. An unexpected affair instigates an explosive metamorphosis, and she finds perfect release as a tree. But the world is a dangerous place for trees, and deep in the forest a student and a forester lay claim to a body of wood and leaf, one for money and one for love.

Peeping Tom/La Visita

Led by Fondazione I Teatri (Italy)
Winner of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2021

“What is real, what is created, what is art and what is present in your own mind?“ This ballet by Fondazione I Teatri will bring Peeping Tom’s theatricality, disruption and surrealism into the new world of art galleries. Through the artworks, the museum’s characters and the audience will be taken into a parallel mental world, portraying what usually remains hidden.

Dance training for people with a disability

Led by Platform-K (Belgium)
Winner of the FEDORA Education Prize 2021

Dance training for people with a disability offers opportunities to people with a learning disability to achieve their dream of becoming a professional dancer. Platform-K accompanies them by offering training programmes, and advocates for a change of perception of dance companies and dance schools.


Out of the Ordinary

Led by Irish National Opera (Ireland)
Winner of the FEDORA Digital Prize 2021

Out of the Ordinary is the world’s first ever Virtual Reality community opera created by Irish National Opera and involving three disparate communities across Ireland. This innovative project harnesses the creativity and life experience of diverse Irish communities that currently have little or no connection to opera; it uses cutting-edge technology as a tool to distil and present their stories.


The Winners of the FEDORA Prizes 2020

Woman at Point Zero

Led by LOD muziektheater (Belgium)
Winner of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2020

Woman at Point Zero is a new opera based on the classic 1975 novel by the Egyptian writer Nawal El Sadaawi. From this universal story of exploitation, erasure and the search for freedom, Composer Bushra El-Turk, Director Laila Soliman, Writer Stacy Hardy and Filmmaker Aida Elkashef create a new multimedia production that weaves together diverse creative visions and challenges conventions. Opera as a powerful voice for a new wave of feminism without borders.





LIGHT: Bach Dances

Led by Hofesh Shechter Company (United Kingdom)
Winner of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020

Bach’s cantatas, Hofesh Shechter’s profoundly affecting choreography and audio testimony of people facing death come together in a moving, thought-provoking and life-affirming dance, music and theatre piece. Only by dancing in the abyss can we celebrate the LIGHT.

LIGHT: Bach dances
includes a cast of 41 performers that appear on stage together, including Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Mortensen, 9 singers and 11 dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company. Shechter’s raw, fragile choreography brings a new currency to Bach’s cantatas, sung live and interwoven with a soundscape of voices. These are the recorded testimonies of people who are living with terminal illness.

Going for Gold

Led by Birmingham Opera Company
(United Kingdom)
Winner of the FEDORA Education Prize 2020

Inspiring 10,000 local people with 100 free events, face-to-face and online, and supporting 50 diverse emerging artists with unparalleled professional development opportunities in Europe’s youngest, most diverse city.

After a year of isolation, we will come together with volunteer performers alongside a stellar international cast and the full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in a ground-breaking production of Wagner’s RhineGold (Das Rheingold) led by Artistic Director Graham Vick and newly appointed Music Director Alpesh Chauhan in Summer 2021.

Laila - Immersive Installation

Led by Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Finland)
Winner of the FEDORA Digital Prize 2020

The Finnish National Opera’s Laila invites the audience to shape her reality and the world of the future together with artificial intelligence. She challenges us to encounter our hopes, fears and anxieties related to technology and the unknown tomorrow.

The immersive, interactive installation created by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paula Vesala, Tuomas Norvio and the Ekho Collective for the Finnish National Opera rejects the traditional roles of performing arts, as its music and visuality evolve and change in interaction with the audience. In Laila, you are not the audience, but one of many actors shaping reality. Laila is a unique experience that is different every time.

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