Danse élargie

Artists in the Community

Amplifying artists’ voices
In 2018, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès created Artists in the Community, its second programme dedicated to the performing arts. Alongside New Settings, which accompanies artists in the creation of new work for the stage, Artists in the Community focuses on initiatives promoting transmission, some of which have already been supported by the Foundation for a number of years. The Foundation has further strengthened its commitment in this field through a set of scholarships designed to help financially disadvantaged students to access careers in the performing arts.

Through the Artists in the Community programme, the Foundation accompanies initiatives promoting access to careers in the performing arts and creative work by young artists, as well as projects brought to us by artists who promote citizens’ voices, generous and open to today’s society.

Putting in place the means for both amateurs and future professionals to perfect their practices and skills means facing up to the challenges of contemporary society. This commitment to promoting broad access to performing arts education and training has led the Foundation to support the Maré Free Dance School in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s Maré favela since its opening in 2011, as well as the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales in Seine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, since 2010.

In 2016, the Foundation partnered with the Prépa Théâtre 93 programme led by the MC93 in Bobigny, an equal-opportunities programme that prepares students for entrance exams to national theatre schools.

In 2019, the Foundation is extending its action in partnership with 16 schools specialising in dance and theatre through a set of scholarships that allow eligible students to fully dedicate themselves to the demanding training they are passionate about. Students’ applications are submitted on the Foundation’s website before being examined by a selection committee. The scholarships are designed to meet the real needs of each student, taking into account their individual resources, and are awarded for a maximum of three years.

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Artists in the Community © Atelier Julia Benard
Dance class during "Camping" 2018 © Antoine Cormier

The Foundation looks to accompany emerging artists, not only by giving them the tools to enter professional artistic circuits but also by helping them to find their place in society. To this end, the Foundation has supported the Centre National de la Danse and its “Camping” festival, the “Danse élargie” competition created jointly by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Musée de la Danse in Rennes, and “Prototype” and “Dialogue”, two choreographic research and creation programmes by the Fondation Royaumont.

Whether they are organised around the sites that inspire them or amongst groups of like-minded individuals – amateurs or professionals – the Foundation supports artists’ projects that foreground and amplify citizens’ voices. As part of this commitment, in 2019 the Foundation began supporting choreographer Régine Chopinot’s project deuxzérodeuxun, which is being hosted by MC93 until 2021. This long-term creative residency is firmly anchored in the local community, and punctuated by talks and performances sharing the project’s ongoing development with the public prior to a presentation of the final choreographic work.

Through the Artists in the Community programme, the Foundation reaffirms its support for the performing arts, as well as its presence alongside amateurs and professionals at all career stages reaching out to society as a whole.

Supported projects

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