The festival : a key moment in mediation projects
Each year the Latitudes Contemporaines Festival features the activities of the association.
With a dense program and scheduling over a 3 week period in the Eurométropole, Latitudes presents propositions which reflect our society, at a time which is more and more multiform and complex. Tools for its decryption are therefore essential.
Alefpa and Latitudes Contemporaines: from training to creation
Beginning in 2010, Latitudes Contemporaines and the Housing Service of Alefpa (Secular Association for Education, Training, Prevention and Autonomy) have developed a close collaboration in the service of training young people and increasing their professionalism. This accompaniment focuses on the creation of concrete conditions for autonomy in everyday life and the enrichment of their journey toward social and professional integration.
To that end, Latitudes implements, jointly with these young people, a training project requiring their active participation in the organization of the Latitudes Contemporaines Festival through specific work placements. Courses in catering, hosting and technique are offered.
These courses promote the development and the validation of skills while also motivating encounters and artistic exchanges. The participative aspect of this approach is unique and involves young people, important cultural players and social workers who accompany the program. Since 2010, 50 young people have participated in the six editions of the Festival.
Choreographic workshops with ALEFPA
It has been four years now that the young people of Alefpa have participated in workshops with an artist from Latitudes Contemporaines.
In 2011, a complicity and a common desire to share, exchange, and create were expressed by Steven Cohen and his young students.
In 2012, after various encounters with Marie-Caroline Hominal, the choreographer and her young charges created a small choreographic piece presented at the Foyer Denis Cordonnier.
In 2013 and 2014, the young dancers entered the universes of Nadia Beugré and Vincent Thomasset, respectively. They are two of the sponsored artists at Latitudes Production.
And in 2015, it was the choreographer Lenio Kaklea, who was present as part of the programming of the Festival, who shared her world with the students.
In 2016, things changed with an intergenerational focus in the workshops: the artist Alexandre Roccoli met the young people and the seniors of Lill’ensemble, adding a new dimension to the project and its direction.
Interactive projects: total immersion into the artist’s universe
The hosting of interactive projects during the Festival is an opportunity to collaborate with different associations from around the metropolitan area. In 2012, almost 60 amateur dancers worked with the many artistic groups programmed during the Festival.
In 2014 and 2015, we continued this same approach with local amateurs, and more than 150 dancers from the Lille metropolitan area and the surrounding region came to the Festival and worked with a number of artistic groups. We also established partnerships with certain training institutions in dance and theatre, including the Ecole Supérieure Musique et Danse Nord de France, the School of the Ballet du Nord/ CCN in Roubaix, the Lille Conservatory, the Esa and the University of Lille 3, offering students the possibility of learning about a project in process, meeting artistic staff and working toward professionalization.
Presentation of the programming
The programming of the Festival is presented to its partners: high school students, other students, people accompanied by various social structures, residents … as well as all those interested in seeing what will be happening onstage and off.
The presentation at structures which are part of the Crédit Loisirs network, run by the Mission Locale in Lille, allows us to reach a segment of the population for whom access to live performing arts is neither easy nor probable.
In 2016, we intend to set up collective presentations of the program in places even closer to our residents, at home or in certain identifiably friendly venues (libraries, bookstores, bars, other residences, etc.).
Accommodating groups during the Festival
Many cultural actions happen around and during the Festival. The team at Latitudes Contemporaines is fully focused on developing a relationship with its audiences, improving its longevity and quality by developing a variety of adaptive projects planned for program continuity. Open rehearsals, school performances and the presentation of the Festival to its audiences are organized around Festival programming, always in connection with the partners and cultural structures of the Festival.
Backstage visits at partner venues
Along with its year-round cultural activities, Latitudes Contemporaines organizes backstage visits, allowing accompanied audiences to discover working conditions and the demands of performing at important moments in the performance schedule, as well as unprecedented access behind the scenes. It offers artists in residence, technicians, the staff and of course the audiences further opportunities to share and to react in real time to elements in the performing arts.
A structure for discussions and encounters following the performances, these Instants Critiques (Critical Instants) bring together artists and audiences to explore questions posed by a pre-arranged “important witness,” in a dialogue with the choreographer, a first stage in a collective exchange around the scenic offerings of the Festival. In place already for several years, led by François Frimat, President of the Association Latitudes Contemporaines and also a professor of philosophy, the Instants Critiques are now important and unmissable events after performances.
Organized near the bar, in a sort of “cabaret” layout, and led with brio and skill, the Instants Critiques generally include 50 – 80 people who speak of their impressions, their intentions and their feelings, including the choreographer, the spectator, the artist and the audience.