Avignon 2021

Professional meetings of the Institut français in Avignon


Updated on 20/08/2021

Professionals in the performing arts sector, don't miss the meetings of the Institut français which will be held from 7 to 15 July 2021 in Avignon!

In parallel to Focus Spectacle Vivant organised in partnership with the Festival d'Avignon, LAPAS (Association des Professionnels de l'Administration du Spectacle), La Manufacture, the Théâtre des Doms, and the Théâtre du Train Bleu (supported by La Magnanerie), the Institut français is helping to relaunch activity by informing about the different programmes to which it is committed.

For professionals in the sector, this Focus will be an opportunity to discuss new issues and problems that the different actors involved may face.



8ème Rencontres Recherche et Création - La mémoire du futur : Les conditions du bonheur 

Every year since 2014, Rencontres Recherche et Création has been experimenting with new forms of dialogue between artists and researchers, between international research and the concerns of cultural actors. The theme for this 8th edition is "La mémoire du futur" ("Memory of the future"). In discussing the ideas and the research behind the works, these Meetings move the borders of knowledge and open new perspectives for the understanding of societies.

Speakers: Jenny Andersson (CNRS research director and professor at the University of Uppsala), Christoph Conrad (professor at the University of Geneva), Jean-Paul Engélibert (professor at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux), Marc Fleurbaey(CNRS research director and professor at the Paris School of Economics), Giselin de Kuipers (professor at the University of Louvain), Anne-Cécile Vandalem (stage director).

  • From 2.30 pm to 6 pm at the Cloître St Louis


Overseas Meeting hosted by the Institut français and TOMA - Chapelle du Verbe Incarné - "Circulation et visibilité des cultures ultramarines" ("Circulation and visibility of overseas cultures")

  • Presentation of the FI initiatives available for overseas artists: general schemes (rights collection, etc) and specific tools (words on stage fund, mobility fund, etc).
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Speaker: Gaëlle Massicot Bitty (Head of the Artists and Professionals Division at the Institut français)

  •  From 11 am to 1 pm at the Chapelle du Verbe Incarné


Institut français meeting

The festival invites us to remember the future and to think about utopias. The Institut français upholds this poetic and political ambition and illustrates it during this meeting. How can we remain attentive to the emergence of new creative forms? How can we support operators who promote social cohesion? How can we support artists working abroad while deeply questioning our societies?

Three strands are being proposed:

  • Support for innovative art forms
  • Commitment to civil society stakeholders in Africa in conjunction with French partners
  • International cooperation (Théâtre Export, Danse Export)

Speakers: Paul Rondin (executive director of the Festival d'Avignon), Nach (choreographer), Eric Minh Cuong Castaing(choreographer), Anne-Sophie Turion (artist and scenographer), Thomas Guérineau (juggler), Claire David (editorial and artistic director of the Académie Charles-Dullin), Hermann Lugan (head of the Theatre and Dance Office at the Institut français of Germany), Julie Kretzschmar (artistic director of the Festival les Rencontres à l'échelle / Les bancs publics), DeLaVallet Bidiefono (director of Baninga | Espace CDC Baning'art).

Also in attendance: Eva Nguyen Binh (President of the Institut français), Fabrice Rozié (Director of the Department of Development and Artistic Cooperation at the Institut français), Gaëlle Massicot-Bitty (Head of the Artists and Professionals Division at the Institut français).

  • From 9.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Cloître Saint Louis


The Institut français continues its partnership with RFI for the cycle of readings - Ça va, ça va le monde!

For this 8th event, RFI presents a cycle of readings dedicated to French-speaking authors.

Former winner of the Institut français Visa pour la création scheme and winner of the RFI Théâtre 2020 prize, Souleymane Bah opens the cycle of readings with his text "La Cargaison".

  • de 11am à 12am

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Journées Culture Tech "spectacle vivant et scènes numériques" ("live performance and the digital stage")  / Meeting "Soutenir et financer les formes artistiques numériques et hybrides" ("Supporting and financing digital and hybrid artistic forms")

The Institut français and the CNC will present their support and mechanisms for cross-disciplinary projects between the performing arts and digital experiences.

Speakers: Agnès Alfandari (Director of the digital department at the Institut français) and Olivier Fontenay (Head of the digital creation department at the CNC).

  • From 10 am to 11.30 am at the Grenier à Sel