Inside the Prize 2024: Transforming methods, narratives and operatic formats

St Omer and Lille, France. 20 - 21 April 2024

In partnership with FEDORA

Hosted by Collectif MEUTE

Inside the Prize is a new, biannual event curated by RESEO and FEDORA in collaboration with the previous year’s winner of the FEDORA Education Prize. 

On the occasion of the world premiere of Panoptique, RESEO and FEDORA are inviting arts education professionals to Saint Omer and Lille to explore current transformations within the opera and classical music world. Key themes such as diversity, accessibility and representation are at the forefront of contemporary creative processes, paving the way for new work, new co-creators and new formats. These new methods and narratives are exemplified by the electro-lyrical performance piece Panoptique, which involved a three-year co-creation process with the inmates, patients, caregivers and staff and closed prisons and psychiatric facilities. 

Participants are invited to engage in a reflective dialogue on creative methodologies and new narratives through a series of workshops, talks and performances. Participation is free. 

Find out more about applying for the FEDORA Education Prize here. The Prize is sponsored by Carlara International.


20 – 21 April 2024

St Omer and Lille, France

Participation fee

Free of charge for all participants.

How to register 

Please fill in the registration form below and contact with any questions.


Saturday – 20/04

La Barcarolle / Saint- Omer

14h – Introductions

Welcome from RESEO and FEDORA

Sarah Théry – Co-artistic director of Collectif Meute and creator of Panoptique

Frédérique Tessier – RESEO Steering Committee

Diandra de Lima – Funding Programmes Manager at FEDORA

14h45 – “What If We Tried?” practical workshop

Violaine Fournier – Artistic director of Cie Minute Papillon

Claire Pasquier – Co-artistic director of Collectif Meute

16h15 – Coffee break

16h30 – The Opera And Its Public – An Outreach Necessity

Sabine Revert – Head of audiences – Opéra de Lille

17h – “Connecting The Dots” practical workshop

David Chocron – Visual artist and dramaturg

18h – Panoptique – performance

19h30 – Reception

Sunday – 21/04

Opera De Lille

As part of the event, the Opéra de Lille invites you to attend a performance of its participatory project Finoreille.

14h45 – Doors open

15h – Short concerts

16h – Singing workshop

17h – Presentation of Le Coq et l’Arlequin

17h30 – Performance of Le Coq et l’Arlequin


Connecting the Dots – David Chocron 

Connecting the Dots is a talk about the power of storytelling, how it impacts all art forms and can be a driving force in any creative process. Drawing on experiences from his own productions as well as research into recent revelations in neuroscience, David demonstrates the fundamental link between connectivity and creativity. 

What if We Try? – Violaine Fournier and Claire Pasquier

We often want or are asked to create collaborative work and participatory projects. But what does that actually involve? In this practical workshop, Violaine Fournier and Claire Pasquier present tools and methods to enable focus, freedom and purpose, three of the most important pillars of artistic creation.



How to take action when you can’t see the horizon? Panoptique merges opera, performance, and research into a collaborative project inspired by Franz Schubert’s lieder, involving inmates, patients and caregivers as creators. It transforms confinement into a narrative, blending live music with the sounds of participants’ lives, creating an immersive experience where audience and space interact, questioning and exploring the themes of physical and mental confinement.


The music education programme Finoreille, launched by Opéra de Lille in 2015, brings together over 390 children aged 8-12 per year for regular vocal training workshops. Alongside their own musical practice, the young singers are given the opportunity to meet opera professionals (composers, choir and orchestra conductors, musicians, stage directors, choreographers, costume designers, set designers, technicians, etc.) and discover their work.