Joint projects – CULTURE
MY ECHO, MY SHADOW AND ME (3 X ME)
“My Echo, My Shadow and Me” was an art and social project on the topic of how digital culture influences the identity of younger generations and how technological tools (e.g. cameras, smartphones and social media) can be used as a method of investigation and understanding of the self and one’s own community. The project had regular autobiographical workshops at its core, led by artist and facilitator Cristina Nuñez between February and June 2022, and involving groups of local young people (15-26) that produced participative artworks with an autobiographical focus and a social ethos. A selection of the participatory material resulting from the workshops was presented through an exhibition at the University of Luxembourg, an online platform and a publication.
DANSEURS A L'ECOLE
As part of the implementation of the dance programme at the Lycée Vauban for the 2021-22 school year, following two artistic residencies, the contemporary dance companies Corps In Situ and AWA – As We Are joined forces with the school to set up an artistic and cultural education project.
This project enabled the students to meet the artists and to have access to works from the companies’ repertoire. It also allowed them to develop artistic and cultural practice through regular workshops and thus promoted the acquisition of knowledge and skills. As for the teachers, the project contributed to perfecting their training in contemporary dance. Overall, “Danseurs à l’école” has encouraged the creation of bridges between school disciplines and choreographic creation. Thus, young people were able to give meaning to their experiences and better understand the contemporary world, all around the themes of play and fake news.
This project was initiated and organised by the Fondation EME and the state school CSAE Adam Roberti which welcomes refugee children who have just arrived in Luxembourg. In weekly workshops, children from two classes learned to play the djembe and to learn about music. The djembe allows for creative and direct expression. This versatile instrument, which does not produce false notes, gives confidence to its performers. Through music, the children were able to express themselves without language barriers, through rhythm and dance. Regardless of their age or nationality, percussionist Robert Bodja succeeded in captivating all the participants and arousing their interest in the djembe, rhythm and music in general.
WHAT'S IN YOUR EYES?
Students of the Lycée des Arts et Métiers under the artistic direction of Joseph Tomassini and Jean Back.
This collaboration between Jean Back and the 2TPTI class (video and photography) at the Lycée des Arts et Métiers is based on the play “Bilder einer Ausstellung revisited”, which accompanies the new novel “l’Arc di Marianna” (Editions Guy Binsfeld) by Jean Back.
The author asked the students to create a visual interpretation of the texts he had written for Modest Mussorgsky’s famous piano cycle. The photographs created in this way are thus a further development of the historical pictures by Viktor Hartmann, which inspired the Russian composer. The very free literary interpretation of Mussorgsky’s work by Back is contrasted with the very personal view of the young people, who were able to get to know the diverse professional profiles and working worlds in the theatre through this project.
TEEN POETRY SLAM "LAUTSPRECHER"
Giving young people a voice was the aim of the LAUTSPRECHER project of the Pierre Werner Institute.
In eight poetry slam workshops at the Lënster International School, the Sportlycée and the European School I, young people between the ages of 14 and 18 were challenged to lyrically deal with the theme of freedom in the Corona era. They were coached in writing and performing the texts by professional slam poets Bas Böttcher and Florian Cieslik.
Slam texts consist of three equally important elements: idea, text and performance. In the workshops, the students learned techniques for finding ideas for their own literary texts, writing techniques and practical exercises for stage presentation. The results were recorded and edited into a poetry film.
The project also includes a training course open to all interested teachers on the subject of “poetry slam”, certified by the Institut de formation et de l’éducation Nationale du Luxembourg.
DEI 6. KLASS OP DER BÜHN
Through this project, Kultrun asbl, in cooperation with the Waldorf School in Luxembourg City, aims to create a new space in the school context for the development of the artistic and social skills of the students. Through a regular drama class, children in the 6th grade can experience different ways of artistic expression: through speech, music, choreography and photography. In this way, they have the opportunity to work together to achieve a common goal, which will allow them to discover and value themselves as individuals and as a creative community.
MUDAM STUDENT REPORTERS
Mudam hosted the exhibition “More Sweetly Play the Dance” by South African artist William Kentridge between 13 February and 6 June 2021. This exhibition has the particularity of being part of the red bridge project, a cultural project uniting the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, the Philharmonie and the Mudam. William Kentridge, a multi-disciplinary artist with a mastery of the plastic and performing arts, is therefore halfway between the disciplines promoted by the three Luxembourg cultural institutions. Throughout the exhibition, the BTS Media Writing class from the Lycée Classique de Diekirch and the 1ère Section Image class from the Lycée des Arts et Métiers were the new reporters for Mudam! In the form of a photographic report and a written report, the students revealed the secrets behind the scenes of the exhibition. Following the artist and the Mudam team throughout the exhibition project ( installation and associated programme), the Mudam Student Reporters took an original and personal look at the exhibition.
For the 125th anniversary of the school, the Lycée des Arts et Métiers decided to present itself in a new form. Apart from the more conventional events that punctuate such festivities, the school opted for an exhibition/installation directed by the artist Edmond Oliveira, which questions the place of the school in our societies.
The Think ahead exhibition is based on the concept of participation of all pupils and students of the school. “We put our students at the centre of the project by soliciting their skills, their know-how. But not exclusively academic, we want to give them a space to present themselves! We want them to understand that this is their school, their training and that this school works for and with them.”
At each stage of the exhibition, students from the school’s departments and training courses were asked to participate so that they could live this experience together and become aware of the multitude of interactions necessary to set up such an undertaking.