Ecole des Maîtres 2017

ECOLE2017_maestri e allievi_2.jpg
International Touring Theatre Master class
26th edition:  17 August - 24 September 2017
masters Transquinquennal
course   Bargaining

students: Angelo Campolo, Desy Gialuz, Elena Gigliotti, Francesco Napoli (Italia); Assiya El Mhaier, Emilie Marechal, Patrick Michel, Mathilde Rault (Belgio); Benjamin Tholozan, Lola Felouzis, Sophie Lebrun, Tom Politano (Francia); Oscar Silva, Catarina Campos Costa, Márcia Antónia Gomes (Portogallo)

17 - 29 August 2017 Udine (Italy)
30 August - 12 September 2017 Brussels (Belgium)

demonstrations open to the public
29 August 2017, 7 pm            Udine, Teatro S. Giorgio (Italy)
free – booking recomended:
11 and 12 September 2017   Brussels, Théâtre La Balsamine (Belgium)
15 September 2017               Rome, Teatro India, Short Theatre (Italy)
18 September 2017               Reims, La Comédie de Reims - Petite salle (France)
21 September 2017               Caen, Théâtre d’Hérouville (France)
24 September 2017               Coimbra, Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Portugal)

roject partners and artistic direction CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), CREPA - Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Pédagogie Artistique (FWB/Belgium), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente, Colectivo 84 (Portugal), La Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National, Comédie de Caen, Centre Dramatique National (France)
with the support of  MiBACT - Direzione Generale Spettacolo, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia – Direzione centrale cultura, sport e solidarietà (Italy)
with the participation of Comune di Udine, Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica "Silvio d’Amico", Short Theatre, Teatro di Roma (Italy); Théâtre de Liège – Centre européen de création théâtrale et chorégraphique, Centre des Arts scéniques, Ministère de la Communauté française – Service général des Arts de la scène, Wallonie-Bruxelles International (FWB/Belgium); Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France); Universidade de Coimbra, República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal)

Ecole des Maîtres is an advanced theater training project created by Franco Quadri in 1990. This year will be the twenty sixth edition.

As a training project, Ecole des Maîtres aims to create relationships between young actors who have trained in European drama academies and theatre schools and are now working professionally, and celebrated international directors. The intention is to create an experience that is strongly targeted on discussion and the sharing of skills, focusing on performance methods and practice. It uses different texts, languages and artistic approaches as a starting point and operates through a travelling workshop program.

Despite the fact that the words “maître” (master) and “give directions” are not part of their usual vocabulary, the 2017 edition of Ecole des Maîtres will be led by Transquinquennal, the theatre collective founded in Brussels in 1989. 

Transquinquennal is a collective that has rejected all notions of authority within the group. There is no hierarchical structure and any decisions about the company’s projects are made collectively. It must be said that making decisions is always a creative act, which starts from an analysis of the point of view of all involved. The aim is not to find a compromise, but rather a new proposal which stands out for its uniqueness and replaces any other kind of mediation. This collective approach applies to all the members of the team who work on the productions, and is born of a constant dialogue with the participants.

trsq_trio carre HD ridotta.jpgTransquinquennal


Their participation directing Ecole des Maîtres comes at a very particular time for Transquinquennal. From 2018 to 2022, the collective will be undertaking their final five-year plan. The collective has chosen to make the most radical decision possible, and has decided to plan its own end.

Giving itself five years to bring things to a conclusion, Tranquinquennal has decided to take full advantage of this suspense spettacolare, this period of waiting and everything that constitutes it. For Tranquinquennal it is like “a vindication of transmutation, a change of state, crying for the death of that which we know and opening up to the curiosity for the unknown.”

In keeping with this desire for voluntary euthanasia, the next five years will be inspired by the observations of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004), a Swiss-American psychiatrist and pioneer in palliative care. According to her theories there are “five stages of grief” after the diagnosis of a terminal ailment: first denial, then rage, then bargaining, then depression, and finally acceptance.

Transquinquennal intends to frame the work of Ecole des Maîtres in the third stage of grief: bargaining. (Literally bargaining is a commercial undertaking where the buyer and seller of goods or services discuss the exact price and nature of the transaction. Bargaining is the alternative to a fixed price.)

Consumer mechanisms profoundly exploit our world, and –it would seem – do so with scant regard for morality, religion or law. They are born from a chaotic where libido, economy and morality converge.

The consequences of the crisis in 2008 for European banks is just as emblematic an expression of this as the recurrent necessity for modern democracies to clear their consciences by legislating on the transaction of prostitution.

The ideas and the work will take inspiration from a consideration of how an economic practice can divide and at the same time unite society

This edition of Ecole des Maîtres will focus on the market value of the individual and of their existence.

“Every day the cost of life is set by markets- official or underground, public or mafia. As such, thinking that life does not have a price is either naïve or hypocritical.”

The collective work of creation starts from two questions: in the context that surrounds us, in what way are we all consumer goods? And what value do we give to others when we “consume” them?

Over the course of the collective process, Tranquinquennal will seek to highlight the contrast between this “dis-incarnation” of human life and its metaphorical incarnation on the stage by the actors. 


The course will occupy two intense weeks of work in Udine -  from 17th to 29th August – and in Brussels – from 30th August to 12th September, and will then continue until 24th September with a series of European events – in Rome, Reims, Caen and Coimbra – which will also be the location of the public performances of the work developed during the course.

Fifteen actors will be selected to participate in the 26th edition, with up to four actors from each of the partner countries participating in Ecole des Maîtres. 

Ecole des Maîtres offices:
CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG
via Crispi 65 - 33100 Udine  tel +39 0432 504765 - fax +39 0432 504448
mon-fri, h 9-13/15-17
Sonia Brigandì