How do we materialise the unthought, spark the unexpected, break from the formats that elide past consciousness into creative movement? How do we make a procedure that opens up the possible within the narrow framework of an international exposition? How do we share the experimental process, the hunt for new concepts, the often disarrayed momentum of the imaginary? Rather than organise a selection of the most brilliant students and emerging artists and present their final works, why not first create a space to liberate the imagination and create together?
Brought together under the auspices of ARTCENA - the National Centre for Circus Arts, Street Arts and Theatre, the pedagogic directors of eight establishments teaching scenography in France dreamt of a “new school” (The Ninth School), an utopia that brings together students of each discipline in order to build a team for the thought, conception, and production of the pavilion, accompanied by Philippe Quesne, scenographer and director of the Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers.
In that, what the French pavilion of schools proposes is a communal work process that stimulates creativity through the encounter of the other, that implements a programme open wide on the world of today and on the diversity of scenographic education, and thus the performance art of tomorrow.
Curator Philippe Quesne
Artists Philippe Quesne