In 2017 and 2018, the Palace of Versailles and the town of Les Mureaux allow to nearly 600 inhabitants from priority neighbourhoods to discover and understand the world of the Palace and its gardens through dance. They will take part in commented visits and dance workshops to create their own show which will be performed in the Palace.
The Palace of Versailles and the town of Les Mureaux, who have already been partners for a number of years, have launched "Choreographing Versailles", a new and bespoke project in the framework of twinning schemes between major cultural public institutions and Priority Security Areas (ZSP), initiated by Jean-François Carenco, Prefect of the Île-de-France region and Prefect of Paris, and supported by Audrey Azoulay, Minister for Culture and Communication.
The two Phases (2017-2018)
The project will be held in two phases, the first in 2017 and the second in 2018. Each phase will involve approximately 20 groups of 15 people, i.e. just under 300 participants each year. Although school groups, people far from museums or those unable to access them constitute the majority of participants, residents from all over the country are invited to take part in the project.
The project will be held in two phases, the first in 2017 and the second in 2018. Each phase will involve approximately 20 groups of 15 people, i.e. just under 300 participants each year. Although school groups, people far from museums or those unable to access them constitute the majority of participants, residents from all over the country are invited to take part in the project. The two phases will be rolled out on the same overall theme of common points between Baroque dance and traditional dances from across the world, as well as their symbols, social characteristics and influence on dance today. Nevertheless, each phase will focus on a different subject, with garden choreography in 2017 and ballet in the Court in 2018. This approach through dance, which was ever-present in the French Court, will provide a concrete and more accessible understanding of the Palace of Versailles.
The project progress
The two phases will be organised as follows: dance workshops will be led by the MOOD/RV6K company in Les Mureaux, while Discovery days will be organised at the same time at Versailles. Each year will end with a dance show combining Baroque dance and dances from around the world. In the spring of 2017 the visitors will discover the gardens of Versailles through a dance-based visit, while in 2018 the participants' artistic creation will take inspiration from ballets from the French Court in the 17th century.
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