Ecole des Maîtres 2018

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International Touring Theatre Master class
XXVII edition
: 21 August – 1 October 2018
master: Tiago Rodrigues
workshop: Pericolo felice / Danger heureux/ Perigo feliz / Happy danger

actors: Nicola Borghesi, Valentino Mannias, Aleksandros Memetaj, Paola Senatore (Italy); Adrien Desbons, Deborah Marchal, Ilyas Mettioui, Marie-Charlotte Siokos (Belgium); Elsa Agnes, Victoire Du Bois, Camille Pellicier, Simon Terrenoire (France); Diego Bagagal, João Cravo Cardoso, Diana Narciso, Nádia Yracema (Portugal)

Course calendar
21 August - 1 September 2018    
Udine (Italy)
2 - 6 September 2018                   
Rome (Italy)
7 - 13 September 2018                 
Coimbra (Portugal)
14 - 16 September 2018               
Lisbon (Portugal)
17 - 20 September 2018               
Reims (France)   
21 - 27 September 2018               
Caen (France)       
28 September - 1 October 2018   
Liège (Belgium)

Public performances 
1 September 2018 
h 19          Passariano (UD), Villa Manin (Italy)
free entry - booking required at
5 September 2018
h 20          Rome (Italy, Short TheatreTeatro India, sala B
13 September 2018               
Coimbra (Portugal), Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente
16 September 2018               
Lisbon (Portugal), Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Sala Garrett
20 September 2018               
Reims (France), Atelier de la Comédie de Reims 
27 September 2018               
Caen (Francie), Comédie de Caen – Théâtre d’Hérouville
1 October 2018                      
Liège (Belgium), la Cité Miroir

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project partners and art direction
 CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italia), CREPA - Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Pédagogie Artistique (CFWB/Belgio), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Portogallo), La Comédie de Reims - Centre Dramatique National, Comédie de Caen -  Centre Dramatique National de Normandie (Francia)
with the support of MiBAC - Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal vivo, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia - Direzione centrale cultura, sport e solidarietà (Italia)
with the participation of ERPAC - Ente Regionale Patrimonio Culturale Friuli Venezia Giulia, Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica "Silvio d’Amico", Short Theatre, Teatro di Roma (Italia); 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 (CFWB/Belgio); Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Fonds d’Assurance Formation des Activités du Spectacle (Francia); Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) 

The Portuguese actor, director, playwright and producer Tiago Rodrigues will be leading the Ecole des Maîtres this year. In the 1990s, Rodrigues encountered the Belgian theatre group STAN which inspired his passion for the process of collective creativity. This approach offers actors great freedom and scope for intervention, and has been a constant influence on his approach to theatre.  Rodrigues and Magda Bizarro founded "Mundo Perfeito" (Perfect World) in Lisbon in 2003. Over the following decade they created over 30 plays, also collaborating with other artists in joint productions and international tours. Tiago Rodrigues has been the artistic director of the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II in Lisbon since 2014, seizing the opportunity to build bridges between cities and countries, as a host and promoter of the idea of a living theatre. His theatre projects are performed in theatres and festivals all around the world. His most recent works include his production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, presented at the festival of Avignon; Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes; By Heart, a work of relational art and the interweaving of stories from the world of books; and Bovary. For the Ecole, Tiago Rodrigues will work with participants on a project called Pericolo felice / Danger heureux/ Perigo feliz / Happy danger.

“I like writing for those around me and I’m more interested in the problems that affect us and our desires than I am in props and scenery, characters and the like”, writes Tiago Rodrigues in his message to the actors and actresses that will enrol in this year’s Ecole des Maîtres.
“In theatre, like in a shipwreck, people come first, and we should only worry about what objects can be saved afterwards. In this instance there will be artists from different countries, all speaking different languages. I want to write for these people, though I know it might not be easy.
So far we are strangers, but we already know that we all share this linguistic problem, and that will bring us together from the very start of this adventure.
So, if we are to spend time working and travelling together, we must be sure to pack in our suitcase an openly declared love for words, a passion for playing with translation and delving into the generous complexities of a truly polyglot world.”


The course will begin with two intense weeks of work in Udine -  from 21st  August to 1st September- and will then continue with periods of preparation and public performance in the various European venues for the project. These will be in Rome from the 2nd to the 6th of September, in Coimbra between the 7th and 13th of September, in Lisbon between the 14th and 16th of September, in Reims between the 17th and 20th September, in Caen between the 21st and 27th September, and in Liege between the 28th September and the 1st October. Sixteen actors have been selected to take part in the 27th edition, four from each partner country of the Ecole des Maîtres.

Ecole des Maîtres project secretariat:
CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG
via Crispi 65 - 33100 Udine  tel +39 0432 504765 - fax +39 0432 504448
Monday to Friday, 9:00-13:00/15:00-17:00
Sonia Brigandì