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2023/2024 immersive residency programme
At enoa, we strongly believe that opera and musical theater need to be able to showcase and support artists from other horizons.
This immersive residency program is about welcoming a cohort of brilliant mid-career artists who do not have opera within their creative practice and who are curious about adding it. The offer is a year-long introduction to opera through a series of workshops and a bespoke relationship with an enoa institution.
With this program, we aim to open enoa institutions’ doors to a wider and diverse pool of talented artists and to enrich the opera landscape with new narratives and aesthetics.
In the frame of this second round of Immersive residency, 11 artists have been selected to benefit from those tailor-made residencies. Their enthusiasm and interest to discover the sector reinforce our convictions that it needs to be open and to represent today's society!
Here are the biographies of the selected artists for the 2023/2024 immersive residency programme.
Eluned Zoe Aiano – in residency at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France)
Eluned Zoe Aiano is a filmmaker, editor and translator with a background in Visual Anthropology. Her work is generally centred on Central/Eastern Europe and often addresses topics such as intangible cultural heritage and representation of women.
She was selected for the Wapping Artist Residency in Berlin and the Pépinières Européennes de Création residency in Quebec. She also writes about film and is a regular contributor to the East European Film Bulletin.
Beverly Andrews – in residency at Britten Pears Arts (Snape, United-Kingdom)
Beverly Andrews is an African American playwright, director, documentary filmmaker and performer living and working in the United Kingdom. A recipient of the 2017 Roland Rees Award Bursary and shortlisted twice for by the Alfred Fagon award. Writer and producer of film/theatre hybrid Sophia, the film was shot during the UK’s lockdown and was screened commercially at London’s Lexi cinema and by the cultural wing of India’s High Commission at their Nehru Centre.
The play version of Sophia was produced in Bhutan, by the Royal Thimpu College. An audio recording of Sophia is available on Spotify as part of the Forgotten Women podcasts. Beverly’s musical The Coloured Valentino which looks at the African American silent screen industry received an Arts Council of England research and development grant and was showcased in 2022 at the Arcola Theate.
Her play about Afghanistan called Annawon’s Song, made the shortlist of the Sundance Institute’s theatre lab and premiered at London’s 2019 Vault festival. Beverly is the director of the documentary “I am Going to Make a Miracle” has won three international awards and was bought by Sky Arts in New Zealand.
Beverly is also alumni of two Sundance Institute’s collab film directing courses. Beverly’s work draws on her multifaceted background. She has also been a contributing journalist to The Middle East magazine, New African magazine and currently FORMIdea.
Rosana Antoli – in residency at the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal)
Antoli’s practice centers on the social choreographies and gestures that weave through everyday life as well as future ecologies of plural agencies. By approaching performance as porous sites of interactive research, Antoli creates work that invites audiences into an open dialogue around bodies, hydro feminism and identity.
Antolí obtained her MA in Performance and Sculpture at Royal College of Art in London in 2015 and from 2015 until 2017 she was a selected Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors (UK). Since 2020 she is co-director of AWVS (A Watery Virtual Space) exploring performance through VR experiences highlighting environmental topics.
Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, having been commissioned for example by CGAC Museum (ES. 2022), St Albans Museum (UK. 2022), CAAM Museum (ES. 2021), Tate Modern Museum (UK. 2019), CentroCentro (ES. 2020), Pompidou Museum (ES. 2018), BBVA Foundation (ES. 2016), Joan Miró Foundation (ES. 2016), Wifredo Lam Museum (CU, 2016), and CA2M (ES, 2012).
She has been awarded with Ibero-American Patronage Awards (ES, 2022), DYCP Arts Council (UK, 2021), Generaciones Art Prize (ES, 2016), Gasworks International Fellowship (UK-CO, 2015), MULTIVERSE Grant for Video Art Creation (ES, 2015) and Sotheby’s / Pilar Juncosa Art Prize (ES, 2012) among others.
Bullyache – in residency at Britten Pears Arts (Snape, United-Kingdom)
BULLYACHE is a London based dance theatre and live music duo that explores working class and queer identity in relation to pop culture. Established as a collaboration between friends and artists Tylor Deyn and Jacob Samuel, we both choreograph, direct, score and conceptualise our own work.
Our collaboration started at the end of the Pandemic and so far has been supported by the Arts Council England, PRS, Raze Collective, The Place, Britten Pears, Barbican, Palm Heights Cayman Islands, Bijloke LOD Muziektheater, Sound and Music and Hackney Showroom.
‘The dynamic collaborative duo's approach to blending multi-genre music styles with visual art, dance & costume design is boundary pushing both creatively & culturally.’ Barbican 2022
Lise Facchin - in residency at the Teatr Wielki (Warsaw, Poland)
First trained as an actress, Lise early discovered that her identity lied in transdisciplinarity and projects that allowed her to step out of the frame. Her artistic work feeds on two Masters (History of arts -Sorbonne, and Social sciences- EHESS) and a deep curiosity about other practices and research methods, as well as the necessity to break down their boundaries. Her staging focuses on building bridges between modern and ancient forms so to fill symbols and deepness with concrete life, thus allowing complexity to become accessible.
From contemporary poetry shows, free jazz improvisations to contemporary art performances and international collaborations, Lise seeks for new languages. In 2015 she joined as actress, playwright and stage director, A.Berelowitch’s Theater Lab, an experiment about multilingualism in performing arts (thanks to European fundings). She then directed multinational groups and collaborated with European schools (TheaterAkademie - Munich, Akademia Theatralna - Warsaw, Academy of Fine arts – Novi-Sad, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Glasgow...). Lise’s first play, “La Maison des autres” was supported by the Centre for playwrighting Wallonie Bruxelles (Belgium) and performed in 2021. « Le cri de Cassandre », her second play, is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and will be performed during winter 2023-24.
Eyad Houssami – in residency at the Theaterakademie August Everding (Munich, Germany)
Eyad Houssami makes theatre and participated as an apprentice in the revitalization of an ancient organic farm in southern Lebanon. He is editor of the Arabic-English book Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre (Pluto Press/Dar Al Adab), and his plays include Mama Butterfly and the libretto Battery Dying Flying Submarine (One Space (EU)/Festival de Marseille, Theatertreffen Stückemarkt Shortlist).
He was editor-at-large of Portal 9, an Arabic-English literary and academic journal about urbanism. Other publications include book translations and numerous articles, scholarly and otherwise.
With the theatre organization Masrah Ensemble which he founded and engaged with for about a decade, he developed new playwriting and directed works, including a Caribbean-Serbian musical performance in parks featuring adult and teenage performers, some with refugee backgrounds, throughout Beirut. He is the recipient of grants and residencies from the likes of The Saison Foundation (JP), Prince Claus Fund (NL), Sundance (US), and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK).
His artistic work was recognized by the inaugural Ellen Stewart International Award for activating social change and engagement. A Syrian multinational, he studied theatre at Yale, earned a certificate in beekeeping from SOILS Permaculture Association Lebanon, and is pursuing a PhD in the environmental humanities.
Alisson Kruusmaa – in residency at the Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Alisson Kruusmaa is an Estonian composer currently living in Tallinn. Her music is best described through ethereal, fragile and spacious soundscapes featuring a delicate and sparse orchestration. Alisson’s music has been commissioned in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Among many others, she has worked with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Phion, Pelargos Quartet, Eclipse Quartet, Le Cameriste Ambrosiane and Rookh Quartet. In recent years, Alisson has participated in several festivals, including the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Andriessen Festival in the Netherlands, the international cello festival Cello Fest in Finland and Mise-En Festival in the United States.
Throughout the years, Alisson’s music has received several recognitions. In 2013, she was awarded Erkki-Sven Tüür Young Composer’s Scholarship. In 2018, her piece “Rain” won the Best Composition Prize at the 24th Young Composers Meeting in the Netherlands.
She has been the featured composer at the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Competition in Los Angeles (2018 and 2021). In addition, Alisson is the winner of the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2021). Alisson’s music is represented by Universal Edition.
Jeremy Need – in residency at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Jeremy Nedd is a Brooklyn, New York born choreographer and performer who is based in Basel, Switzerland. Nedd has had engagements at the Semperoper Dresden (2010-2012) and Ballett Basel (2012-2016).
As a guest performer he is associated with Schauspielhaus Zürich, where he has worked with Trajal Harrell since 2019. Nedd has realized and presented his previous productions at Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Münchner Kammerspiele, amongst others.
Augusto Pedraza – in residency at La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels, Belgium)
Augusto Pedraza is a Mexican theater director, actor, physical performer, filmmaker and historian based in Belgium, graduated from the Royal Institute for Theater Cinema and Sound RITCS in 2020. Member of the Mexican Company La Corte De Los Milagros. His first short film Violence was released in 2021, with which he was selected in several festivals. He has directed in Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium and Latvia.
His artistic vision addresses themes such as origin, identity, love, pessimism, violence, hope and the mundane moments of people's daily lives. he works with dance, theater, film, visual arts and music.
The adventure and the desire to broaden his thinking led him to look for other places different from his Latin-Mexican cultural references. During this time he had the opportunity to reflect and deepen in the European, Flemish, French and international art that the city of Brussels offers and at the same time to redefine his cultural and intellectual beliefs. The language, the climate, the nostalgia and the encounter with others have led to a constant redefinition of himself.
Addressing social issues that are close to him or that he reflects in them through his history are his driving forces when creating. Improvisation and experimentation are his working methods and he likes to mix artistic disciplines. Borders or divisions have become obsolete as far as Art is concerned.
Roberta Zuric – in residency at Palau de les Arts (Valencia, Spain)