Next Stage Grants 2022 - Shortlist Announcement

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29 April 2022

Next Stage Initiative

NEXT STAGE GRANTS 2022

Shortlist Announcement



On the occasion of International Dance Day and FEDORA’s and Opera Europa’s joint capacity building forum hosted by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, we are happy to announce the 15 projects that have been shortlisted for the first edition of the Next Stage Grants. These inspiring projects in the field of opera and dance drive innovation through sustainability, inclusivity and digital transformation, and involve 48 cultural organisations and partners in 16 countries in Europe.

This spring the jury of experts will evaluate how innovative, collaborative, transformative, feasible and scalable these projects are and decide which ones will become recipients of the grant money of €250,000 provided thanks to the support of a private foundation. The grant recipients will be announced in Prague in June 2022 on the occasion of Opera Europa’s upcoming Spring Conference at the Prague State Opera.


Discover the shortlisted projects :

SENSORY THEATRE

The Sensory Theatre project is designed for impaired children, their families, classmates and educators, to allow them to experiment theatre, music and opera through each and every sense and make the performing arts more accessible thanks to pre-show workshops and the live performance attendance.

led by ASLICO (Italy)
in collaboration with

Opéra Grand Avignon (France)

EUROPEAN SUSTAINABILITY DANCE NETWORK

Rambert will partner with Scottish Ballet, Tero Saarinen Company and Ultima Vez to create Europe’s first equitable and inclusive Sustainability Dance Network, supporting the dance sector to make meaningful change to environmental policy and practice.

led by BALLET RAMBERT (United Kingdom)
in collaboration with

Scottish Ballet (United Kingdom), Tero Saarinen Company (Finland), Ultima Vez (Belgium)

DON CARLO 4R: PILOTING 4R IN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG AUDIENCES

One project, two national theatres/opera houses, three local utility companies in a cross-sectoral collaboration, with a digital and offline approach to sustainability using the 4R method (reduce, reuse, recycle, repair), will transform production practices and develop young audiences via pilot programs.

led by CROATIAN NATIONAL THEATRE IVAN PL. ZAJC (Croatia)
in collaboration with
Slovenian National Theatre Maribor (Slovenia)

XR STAGE PHASE 2

Art and technology are not opposite ends of the pendulum. In the modern world they live in close contact with each other, reinforcing each other and paving the way towards a sustainable future.

led by FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET (Finland)
in collaboration with

Zoan Oy (Finland), Insta Automation Oy (Finland), Stara Zagora State Opera (Bulgaria), Aalto University (Finland)



INCLUSIVE CULTURE PROJECT

The Inclusive Culture Project aims to promote an inclusive, respectful and safe language, behavior and leadership model within the organization and towards all the people who work in and around it.

led by FONDAZIONE TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO (Italy)
in collaboration with
Teatro Regio di Parma (Italy), Teatro Sociale di Como AsLiCo (Italy), Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo (Italy)

OPERA DIGITAL WAREHOUSE. AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT AT TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA.

Smart solutions for the storage and logistics of opera sets and costumes.

led by FONDAZIONE TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA (Italy)
in collaboration with
National Theatre Brno (Czech Republic), LABINF SISTEMI S.r.l. (Italy), FUTURE TECHNOLOGY LAB - Università di Parma (Italy), Murata Id Solutions s.R.l (Italy)

THE SCORCHED EARTH TRILOGY AND STREET ART OPERA APP

A transformative digital project that aims to revolutionise the presentation, sustainability and access of opera through the medium of Street Art Operas that explore climate change. They are a highly original mix of street art, activism, and opera, creating a new urban accessible experience for all.

led by IRISH NATIONAL OPERA (Ireland)
in collaboration with

Dumbworld (United Kingdom)

NEW EDUCATION AND DIGITAL JANÁČEK CENTRE

We will build a New Education and Digital Janáček Centre for opera and ballet projects to extend our communication with audiences through modern technologies and organize community programs in cooperation with universities and artistic schools. We will also collaborate with nonprofit organizations.

led by NATIONAL THEATRE BRNO (Czech Republic)
in collaboration with
Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno ∙ JAMU (Czech Republic)

HERE AND THERE

HERE AND THERE is an interdisciplinary performing art project about origin and diaspora, migration and arrival, cultural differences and shared identity. The three elements under this project are a ‘first date’ between two musicians, opera Untold by composer Alex Ho and the Chinatown project.

led by O. FESTIVAL FOR OPERA. MUSIC. THEATRE. (Netherlands)
in collaboration with
Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Belgium), Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria), Muziektheater Transparant (Belgium), De Singel Antwerp (Belgium), Komische Oper Berlin (Germany), Britten Pears Arts (United Kingdom)

SUSTAINABLE COSTUMES

Oper Leipzig and Icelandic Opera explore the value chain of costume design from first concept until disposal. They aim to share key findings in terms of sustainability with other theatres and build up a network of sustainably working costume departments and a database for sustainable procurement.

led by OPER LEIPZIG (Germany)
in collaboration with
The Icelandic Opera ∙ Harpa (Iceland)




DANCE HEALTH CENTER PROJECT

The project aims to prepare and support high-level ballet dancers and share experiences and feedbacks with other choreographic and medical structures both nationally and internationally.

led by OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS (France)
in collaboration with

Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin (France), Royal Swedish Ballet (Sweden)

OPERA MATTERS

We believe that OPERA MATTERS. As part of the partnership cooperation between the institutions, we propose a pilot program of intervention support for artists and theater craftsmen coming from outside Poland, who are in danger. It is a response to a gap that has arisen due to a change in the region.

led by POZNAN OPERA HOUSE (Poland)
in collaboration with
Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (Poland)

CULTURE OF INCLUSION: INCREASING REPRESENTATION IN DANCE

Culture of Inclusion will focus on tackling under-representation in dance, both on stage and behind the scenes, and will encourage a collaborative approach to changing the workforce demographic within the sector.

led by SADLER'S WELLS (United Kingdom)
in collaboration with
A New Direction (United Kingdom)




FORTISSIMO

As an interactive, multimedia online tool, Fortissimo wants to enable young users to intuitive learning and offers teachers an innovative learning tool for distance and face-to-face lessons to bring the new generations closer to classical music. Fortissimo combines skills to be taught with gaming.

led by THEATER MAGDEBURG (Germany)
in collaboration with
Fortissimo srl (Italy), Tiroler Landestheater und Symphonieorchester Innsbruck (Austria), Teatr Wielki (Poland), Wiener Taschenoper (Austria), Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento (Italy), Opera North (United Kingdom), Schule für das Leben (Austria) 

DEEP DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION BY IMPLEMENTING FULLY COLLABORATIVE DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC

Scores are the fundament of all music productions. We transcend the limits of paper into a new ecosystem of collaborative, synchronised digital LiveScores, for all users.

led by VOLKSOPER WIEN (Austria)
in collaboration with
Staatsoper Hannover (Germany)

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