The Fondation Royaumont was created in 1964 to preserve and restore the Abbaye de Royaumont in the Val d’Oise. Since its foundation, however, it has also sought to integrate this unique heritage site into a cultural project. Over the years, the Fondation Royaumont has forged a programme that unites 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. Between 2008 and 2013, choreographer Myriam Gourfink was the programme’s artistic and educational director and organised a training programme entitled “Transforme”. Conceived as a humanist academy, over the course of five years it offered a space of exchange in which dancers could enrich their artistic and intellectual output.
In 2013, Myriam Gourfink handed the reins to Hervé Robbe, who created two training cycles for choreographers: “Prototype” (from 2013) and “Dialogues” (from 2016). Each year “Prototype” offers eight choreographers a unique parenthesis in their careers, a time to experiment with and model a new choreographic purpose. Musical composers are also invited to apply to this programme. “Dialogues”, meanwhile, specifically addresses choreographers who are looking to question modes of transmission and the tools that they use and invent in their relationships with dancers. This second programme hosts four choreographers each year.
Accompanied by seasoned artists and creators from other artistic domains, the participating choreographers have the chance to perfect their art within the unique setting of the Abbaye de Royaumont. The exchange of skills that this environment facilitates is particularly fruitful for the creation of choreographic prototypes.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports this initiative as part of its Artists in the Community programme, and in line with its commitment to accompanying young creators. By providing them with the tools with which they can master their art and establish themselves in the domain of contemporary dance, these young artists are encouraged to shape their discourses and positions, and to reflect on the nature of their personal artistic contribution to the wider field.