Une école d’art
Conception: Musée de la danse and Festival d’Avignon

Since 2007, during the Festival d’Avignon, the local École d’Art has transformed into a “hub of spectators,” a resource center and a privileged space of encounter with guest art groups.

In 2009, Boris Charmatz, along with the team from the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne, began to invent the Musée de la danse which also explores these concepts, in particular by inviting the public to visit original arrangements that bring together intellectuals and artists in the context of performative forms.
These two approaches, defending the idea that everyone can always learn something from artistic experience, are today combined in the project called “Une école d’art.” What could be more natural than giving this art school a location that would be a continuation of the school that operates throughout the year in Avignon.

Open all day, the project will feature video installations by such artists as the Polish Artur Żmijewski and the Korean Sung Hwan Kim, photographs by Jean-Luc Moulène, open workshops with Tim Etchells and with Jérôme Bel, visits to conservation-restoration workshops (a specialty of the Avignon École d’Art focused on the preservation of ephemeral works) organized by the school’s staff, as well as discussions with the public. In the small hours of the night, we will be organizing “battles” between artists, or improvised confrontations like Boris Charmatz often does, and which will pitch against one another guest artists such as Médéric Collignon, Simone Forti, Meg Stuart, François Chaignaud, and Benoît Lachambre. We are also preparing two “poster sessions,” or singular events akin to performance-debates, one on the theme of motion, the other about school. The art school spirit will also manifest itself at the Festival d’Avignon in the presence of original installations by three artists who work at the boundary between visual arts and performing arts: Jean Michel Bruyère, William Forsythe, and Tino Sehgal.

Extract from the press kit of Festival d’Avignon 2011

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Running time: from Wednesday 6 to Tuesday 26 of July, 2011