MC93 improving access to drama school entry tests

2016
2018
Group classes at the MC93 © Stephanie de Boutray
Group classes at the MC93 © Stephanie de Boutray
Group classes at the MC93 © Stephanie de Boutray
Group classes at the MC93 © Stephanie de Boutray
As part of its commitment to the performing arts, the Fondation d’entreprsie Hermès accompanies the MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis in Bobigny, directed by Hortense Archambault. The Foundation began this local and community-oriented form of patronage by supporting the renovation of the building’s foyer. Since 2016, it has also supported Master Class 93, a training programme created by the MC93 to prepare students for entrance exams to prestigious theatre schools.

From 2015 to 2017, the MC93 underwent a major renovation programme overseen by architect Vincent Brossy and scenographer Michel Fayet. The MC93 team used the building work as an opportunity to reflect upon how best to welcome their public. The building’s foyer emerged as a major preoccupation in their discussions, and they looked to transform this transitory site into a welcoming space accessible to all. A number of residents, theatregoers and local bodies participated in the renovation committee, which was supported by the Foundation. This participatory approach enabled the MC93 to refine its aims prior to the start of reconstruction work. Collective seating units were designed by Johan Brunel (Atelier Jes), 2014 laureate of the Prix Émile Hermès, and produced with leather donated by the house of Hermès. The furniture was in part constructed by apprentices at the soft materials centre of the Compagnons du Devoir at Pantin. The foyer was enlarged to 700m2 and now offers an open, lively space that encourages cultural and social mixing at all hours of the day.

Since 2016, the Foundation has also supported Master Class 93. Every year, this equal-opportunities training programme prepares a socially and culturally diverse group of students for entrance exams to prestigious theatre schools. Conceived by artist Nicolas Bigards and inaugurated in 2015 thanks to a partnership with the Conservatoire Jean Wiéner in Bobigny, this rigorous training programme aims to allow new talents to emerge in the face of the social determinism that sometimes prevails in the theatre world. Means-tested and non-paying, it consists of several separate modules that take place between September and June, including ateliers run by major directors and development workshops. In 2018, the conservatoires of Aubervilliers and Pantin also joined this locally oriented programme.

Disciplines
Performing arts
Solidarity
Bobigny
France
Between 2016 and 2017, the Foundation supported the transformation of the foyer of the MC93 cultural centre as it was renovated to create a warm and welcoming space.
Leather seating designed by Johan Brunel was produced using leather donated by Hermès.
The Foundation also supports Master Class 93, a training programme created by the MC93 to prepare students for entrance exams to prestigious theatre schools.

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