The Fondation Royaumont was created in 1964, not only to preserve and restore the Abbaye de Royaumont in the Val d’Oise, but also to endow this unique heritage site with a living cultural project. Over the years, the Fondation Royaumont has forged a programme that brings together artistic training and the creation of new works, and which is open to the full range of contemporary musical and choreographic languages. It was in this spirit that the “Programme Recherche et Composition Chorégraphiques” (PRCC) was inaugurated in 1995.
Since its own beginnings in 2008, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported the Fondation Royaumont’s PRCC programme for emerging dancers and choreographers. Between 2008 and 2013, choreographer Myriam Gourfink was the PRCC’s artistic and educational director. She designed and directed a training programme conceived as a humanist academy, entitled “Transforme”. In 2013, Hervé Robbe took the reins and created two new training cycles for choreographers – “Prototype” (from 2013) and “Dialogues” (from 2016) – both of which received dedicated support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its commitment to accompanying early-career dancers in perfecting their skills.
In 2019, the Centre for Choreographic Creation grew out of the PRCC. It has provided the framework for Hervé Robbe to develop new ways of supporting dancers and choreographers. The Centre offers a range of creative residencies (“Parcours creation – jeune talent”, “Repérage”, “Incubateur”) more closely adapted to the unique timeframes involved in the creation of new choreographic work. In line with the Fondation Royaumont’s original artistic project, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès accompanies this new offer, which also includes the “Praxis” and “Labo-chorégraphique” lifelong-learning programmes. Designed respectively to suit the needs of dancers and choreographers looking to explore their practice beyond conventional trajectories, this pair of creative laboratories brings together research and public performances.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports this initiative as part of its Artists in the Community programme, which sets out to accompany young creators, particularly through the provision of tools for mastering their art and establishing themselves in the domain of contemporary dance. By helping young artists articulate their creativity through discourse and practice, abstract research and studio work, this support encourages them to shape their language and their ideas, and to reflect on the artistic direction they want to take in the context of society as a whole.