Roadshow 2019 - English National Ballet © Jason Bell i
Happy International Women's day!
Happy International Women’s Day! On this day, we celebrate empowered female creators from all across the world. Be inspired by these discussions with the women behind the winning projects of the FEDORA Prizes.
Sharon Eyal, Choreographer - “Love Chapter 2”
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 1990-2008 and started choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as associate Artistic Director for Batsheva between 2003-2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company between 2005-2012. During 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies around the world. In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. In 2017, she choreographed the piece “Love Chapter 2”, winner of the third edition of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet.
“I think whatever desires and expressions that you have are important. If it’s not dance or something, you do what you love to do, you know you connect to people with whom you feel something together, or you can trust them. And I think when somebody’s doing something honest and deep, people can feel it.”
Be inspired by our discussion with Choreographer, Sharon Eyal about her creations, her art forms and her inspirations.
Laila Soliman, Stage Director & Bushra El-Turk, Composer - “ Woman at Point Zero”
“When interested in issues such as discrimination and feminism you are being shoved into the corner which is the same that happens with a lot of marginalized people in society. And theoretically in 2020 we shouldn’t be marginalized, it should be an inherent part of what’s being addressed.”
“I find the inspiration to compose mainly from extra musical things that matter to me that I want to give voice to, from the concepts that intrigue me to translate them into musical form, my childhood, womanhood, motherhood and possibly being of middle eastern heritage and all the weight of all these aspects that I carry with me.”
Be inspired by our interview with Librettist, Laila Soliman and
Composer, Bushra El-Turk about "Woman at Point Zero", their inspirations
and the challenges of being a female creator.
"Woman at Point Zero" is a new opera that addresses themes and questions that are burningly urgent. This production pays tribute to women around the world who speak out loud and publicly against violence and oppression.
Paula Vesala, Dramaturge - “Laila - Immersive Installation”
Paula Julia Vesala is a Finnish singer-songwriter, actress and playwright. She was one of the two lead singers and lyricist of the pop rock duo PMMP with Mira Luoti . Her solo career started in 2015 under the stage name "Vesala". She was the Dramaturge of the “Laila - Immersive Installation” winner of the first edition of the FEDORA Digital Prize 2020.
“If you should rebuild opera, you can’t rip it down more than we’ve done it. It’s missing all of the traditions of opera. It’s missing the persons on stage, the conductor, you don’t sit, you’re not a member of the audience who has a comfortable bench. You’re actually going into the experience and it’s evolving with you.”
Watch as Paula and the artistic team of "Laila - Immersive Installation" present the essence of this innovative project (00.58).