What is Génération(s) Odéon ?
Génération(s) Odéon is a two-year-long educational project which accompanies fourth grade pupils along a journey of discovery into theatre practice over a period of two years. It is directed pupils from priority schooling areas.
The two establishments chosen for the first edition undertaken by the Odéon satisfy all the determining criteria for the project. The two establishments are collège Jules Ferry in Maisons-Alfort and collège Saint-Vincent in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. The project is led by two pluridisciplinary pedagogical teams, bringing together teachers of Literature, History/Geography, Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Vie de la Terre and Arts Education.
What are its objectives ?
Génération(s) Odéon is directed at high school pupils entering into an important phase in their education in terms of their orientation. The main aims of this project are to restore self-confidence, enable the acquisition of cultural knowledge and to bring up questions about what it means to be a citizen in society.
In its capacity as the Théâtre de l'Europe and as a prestigious venue for artistic creation, the Odéon’s aim is to invite the new generations to reflect upon the construction of a common cultural space.
The program comprises :
- Workshops assigned to artists chosen for their experience in leading acting workshops.
40 hours are dedicated to acting, and 4 hours to issues linked with language and translation.
Catherine Fourty, Delphine Leonard and Xavier Brossard form part of the same theatre company and take diverse yet complimentary approaches to these workshops.
- A journey of discovery for the audience. This takes place at the Odéon or elsewhere, and is prolonged by encounters with different artistic teams.
It is accompanied by a visit to the two Odéon playing spaces and talks on the different professions in the theatre - with the technical teams in the first year, and the administrative teams in the second year.
This will enable pupils to gain an insight into the workings of a theatre and discover the creation process behind a show, taking into account such things as the constraints of receiving and staging European shows.
- A trip to a European capital. Brussels, in the school year 2014-2015.
- A performance on the Odéon stage at the end of the two years.
Synthesis of the project’s first year :
The program’s coherency stems from the profile of those pupils involved, and which we have been able to draw up thanks to questionnaires distributed at the start of the school year. Aged between 12 and 14 years, they made it clear that their visits to the theatre are infrequent. However, the vast majority of them portrayed a vision of the theatre as being both positive and democratic. In terms of Europe, they all seemed to grasp its cultural and economic importance, and the majority of them expressed an interest in the subject and in getting to know Brussels. Indeed, only 9 pupils out of 50 had already been there.
At the end of the two years, the pupils will present the fruits of their work on the Odéon stage.
The Odéon seeks to extend this program to two new classes each year.
Participation-based patronage scheme
In order to extend Génération(s) Odéon to a supplementary class at the start of the 2015 school year, the Odéon launched a participation-based patronage scheme from the 9th March to 19th April 2015.
Thanks to the generosity of its 191 donators, over 15,000€ was collected in order to finance the first year. The call for donations will continue into spring 2016 in order to finance the program’s second year.
Support from the Fondations Edmond de Rothschild enabled two classes, the collège Saint Vincent (Paris, 18e) and the collège Jules Ferry (Maisons-Alfort, 94) to start the program at the start of the 2014 school year.