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The Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis are devoted to contemporary dance for enhanced self-knowledge and openness to others. An ambitious annual programme of events is backed by training initiatives aimed at encouraging a more collective approach, for enhanced ‘group well-being’.
‘What does your body say about your soul?’ asked Nietsche. Acknowledging this intimate connection, the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis organises a year-round progamme of workshops led by professional choreographers, aimed mostly at school pupils. Each project is based on the transmission of dance skills and expertise, promoting enhanced well-being, self-knowledge and artistic creativity.
Participants discover the world of contemporary dance through collective works that demand listening, adaptability and respect for others. The workshops explore ‘otherness’ and difference, often forging unprecedented links between different generations (some adolescent workshops are held in old people’s homes, for example). Elsewhere, the project offers training for workshop leaders, giving them the tools they need to steer art projects and encourage children to broaden their horizons. Each programme culminates in a presentation focusing on the individual progress of each participant as they rise to the challenge of confronting themselves and their group. In the long term, the initiatives develop social and team skills designed to help their young participants into the world of work.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported the Petit Projet de la matière (part of the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis) since 2010. In 2013, the Foundation extended its support to a range of festival activities, reflecting its core conviction: ‘Our gestures define us.’