Through the projects that it supports, the Sommer Foundation aims to stimulate the minds of children and youngsters and make them more inquisitive so that they can participate in our society through the medium of culture and the arts. It encourages the creation of new forms of cooperation between partners from different communities and with different viewpoints, so that the people and cultures in Luxembourg may understand each other better.
The Biergerbühn was one of the first projects supported by the Sommer Foundation between 2017 and 2019. Through this participatory project, the collective Independent Little Lies created a space where children and adolescents could discover and exercise their creativity by staging a play that reflected their worldview. During weekly workshops at Kulturfabrik Esch, conducted by theatre and dance teachers, actors, writers, and set designers, the young participants learned about various practices and techniques of the theatre arts, and became authors themselves.
This project was selected by the Sommer Foundation because it saw great value in creating an alternative meeting-space for youngsters in the city of Esch, as such a space would have the potential to enhance the positive dynamic of the city’s cultural life. Thanks to the participatory process and the importance given to dialogue, the participants felt that they were encouraged to be creative, and they were able to grow in terms of their knowledge, artistic skills, and their sense of engagement.
K – D’ÉCOLE
K -D’ÉCOLE is an artistic and cultural education project carried out in parallel with the creation of PROJECT K, and carried out in dialogue with three partners: the Lycée Vauban, the TROIS C-L (Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois) and the company Corps In Situ/ARTEZIA. The aim of this project is to promote creation and transmission by introducing an artistic and professional creation residency in a school, the Lycée Vauban.
“Bringing together, sharing, creating, exchanging, expressing oneself, interacting and dialoguing” : these are the values of capoeira. Between dance, percussion and music, it inculcates humility, allows the surpassing of oneself and the learning of respect for others. Capoeira has always had the vocation to include and bring people together. Throughout the year 2020, Abadá Capoeira Luxembourg celebrates its 20 years of existence and cultural and social action. In this context, the Sommer Foundation is financing the project “La Roda” (the round, as the participants form a circle) which will culminate in a capoeira show performed with the pupils of the primary school of Bonnevoie-Gellé and the children and teenagers of the Abadá Capoeira Luxembourg club. To prepare for this performance at the primary school of Bonnevoie-Gellé, the pupils are taking classes in capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dances and Brazilian percussion. Through these workshops where “music makes the body speak”, young people from all walks of life are introduced to Afro-Brazilian culture and experience a new space for intercultural exchange. Via “La Roda”, the capoerist apprentices develop their self-esteem and creativity, but also their ability to express themselves and exchange.
Between travel story and mythology, the play Ecological Anxiety Disorder plunges young spectators over the age of 14 into a dreamlike and surreal world, an expedition into a world apart, in the very heart of the seventh continent. A plastic continent made up of circular currents in the middle of the ocean. In this terrible relationship with the environment, the boundary between the illusory and the real becomes blurred: the ancestral fears of sea monsters, both frightening and fascinating, re-emerge between the symptoms of this pathology, eco-anxiety.
Far from falling into moralizing traps, this immersion in the abyss takes us on a fascinating scenic journey. In Ecological Anxiety Disorder, the performers take over a synthetic ecosystem in the middle of a lost paradise. An odyssey that is both poetic and disturbing, choreographing body and matter. Thanks to the “Transmissions” project based on the research material of the piece, the artists initiate young teenagers to creation and respect for the environment through a series of scenic workshops: writing, dance and music. Immersing the young people in the heart of the theatrical world and the ecological problems, they open up a dialogue by preparing the young people for the world of the play and by collecting their questions after the creation.
TEMPLE – THE ART’N BE PART PROJECT
For the first time, the CAPE-Centre des Arts Pluriels d’Ettelbruck is launching a major artistic and participatory project aimed at young people aged 12 to 20, living, attending school or attending one of the extracurricular structures located in the Nordstad and the northern region of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. No prior artistic knowledge is required, only motivation is important.
This pedagogical project, entitled “TEMPLE – THE ART’N BE PART PROJECT”, will pursue wider societal objectives: to contribute to the empowerment of young people and the development of their capacity for reflection and judgement, to offer them attractive opportunities to discover, practise and learn, and in general to play an active role in supporting their personal and collective development, thus promoting a harmonious life path within our society.
This initiative was launched on the basis of an initial proposal and with the financial support of Fondation Sommer.
The form, content and general objective of the project can be defined in one sentence: “To encourage each adolescent to express himself, create and transmit in order to become the actor of his life”.
“TEMPLE” will involve the disciplines of a musical theatre production, such as dance (hip-hop and modern jazz), music, singing, costumes, scenography (sets, lighting), writing, etc. This project will be carried out with an artistic collective gathered around the dancer Nathalie Moyen (contemporary choreographer), and will bring together Elric Vanpouille (multidisciplinary artist), Benoit Callens (urban dance/hiphop), Natercia Rebleo (independent stylist/model maker) and Sacha Hanlet (singer).
The preparatory phase will take the form of different workshops that will take place through 4 different workshop modules: the Theatre module, the Sewing/Scenography module, the Dance module and the Music/Singing module.
The intensive phase will begin with an immersion course followed by the final preparatory stage, including editing and final rehearsals at the CAPE. Finally, the creation and performances of the show developed by and with the young artists will take place in October 2021, marking the official opening of the CAPE season.
Partners: Nordstad Jugend, Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.
A journey can be manifold. It can be geographical, but also literary and philosophical. One can travel for the taste of exploration, discovery, contemplation, a desire for adventure, a spiritual call or a poetic vocation. One can also travel without moving, letting the spirit wander and thus escaping while the body remains motionless.
Through their project “Voyageurs immobiles”, the Compagnie Artezia questions the components of travel through contemporary dance. Curiosity, openness to the world, acceptance of difference but also imagination and experimentation. In order to nourish its creation and to share its knowledge, the company has carried out some of its creative work in the school environment.
Despite the sanitary context, this was made possible by a strict hygienic concept and a successful collaboration between all stakeholders. For the second time, the company entered the Lycée Vauban for a one-week creative residency in January 2021. This enabled the students to familiarise themselves with the stages of the choreographic creation process. Afterwards, practical workshops were organised so that the students could experiment with contemporary dance and its language.
👉 documentary by the Cinema & Audiovisual class on the residence on vimeo.com
D'MINA AN DÉI VERGIESSE MELODIE
Within the framework of the children’s production of the Mierscher Kulturhaus D’Mina an déi vergiesse Melodie, the Sommer Foundation supports educational music workshops for hearing-impaired children at the Centre de Logopédie. D’Mina an déi vergiesse Melodie is a music and theatre show based on the work of Beethoven, accessible to hearing and hearing-impaired children, thanks to the participation of professional Luxembourgish artists and a sign language actress.
Based on this creation, the workshops to prepare for the show allow children to listen to, perceive and feel music in their own way, to get to know various musical instruments and to express themselves on music by dancing and singing. The workshop is conducted by the Luxembourg theatre pedagogue Catherine Hengesch, who plays on stage and who co-developed the concept of the show.
In general, this production raises awareness of deafness and underlines the importance of accessibility to artistic productions; accessibility that must be guaranteed to the whole society, including people with special needs. The hearing public (re)discovers sign language as a powerful and surprising tool of expression.
Mega béis! Nur Wut!
Anger is a very familiar and generally negative feeling. Children are conditioned not to express their anger publicly, to contain it. As they grow older, they are more likely to hide it. However, anger is not an irrational emotion and should be taken seriously and expressed in a positive way.
This is what Kopla Bunz wanted to achieve through its piece “Mega Béis! Nur Wut!” for children from 6 years old. Through theatre and dance, the children have been led to analyse anger, to name it, understand it, accept it and deal with it constructively. A website with videos made by the artists and games tailored to a young audience accompanies this project.