Training young creators in visual art and stage design in a suitable and dynamic environment was the right answer to the matter of teaching art in Monaco. Indeed, heirs of the Ballets Russes dance company, who initiated cooperation between artistic fields at the beginning of the 20th century, the different cultural institutions of Monaco perpetuate a tradition turned towards the dialog between artistic identities. The art of designing a stage or an exhibition is at the heart of reflections and processes of all the cultural actors of the Principality, who have naturally become great partners of the School.
When the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo offers collaboration between its dancers and the School’s young stage designers for a series of “Imprévus” _ Unforeseen Events_ it is about to build an experimental area conjoining stage design and choreography.
An offer by the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo for a collaboration collaboration between its dancers and the School’s young stage designers for a series of “Imprévus” _ Unforeseen Events_ involves for both establishments to build an area conjoining experimentations, encounters and sharing auround a cenic and choreographic expression.
Inspired by a similar intention, the music festival “Printemps des Arts” solicits the students’ intervention on different areas of the festival, offering a stimulating context to reflect upon public space design and demonstration issues.
The New National Museum of Monaco, also related to the School regularly implies the students in the activities of its different departments. This year, on the occasion of exhibition Danse, Danse, Danse, at the Villa Paloma, the research program “Habiter l’Espace” will take the form of an in-site research and creation workshop (ARC). This material will then supply the topic of this year’s colloquium, organised by the ESAP.
Moreover, in order for the students to carry out research and make a restitution of an ocean expedition, both through its former and contemporary forms, the Oceanographic Museum has given them access to its photographic fund.
At last, within the framework of the Colloque International des Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, an exchange with the photography studio will be established for the second time in a row.
Alongside these collaborations, which participate in building the coherence of a State, the school has implemented international networks.
Within the mainlines of the research programs, they gather universities and art schools such as the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), the Toneelacademie in Maastricht or the Réseau Ecole(s) du Sud. Moreover, the projects unfold thanks to collaborations with national theatre venues and cultural institutions. For instance, the Théâtre National de La Criée in Marseille, the Teatro Due in Parma and the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier through its Exerce training, cooperate within common projects.
The different partnerships of the ESAP therefore contribute to broaden the school’s project. They are both conceived as a geographic extension of the studios and as activators of thought. Consequently, the pedagogical programs take shape in a professionalizing context, conferring dynamism to the research.
These collaborations have not only allowed a geographical extension of the workshops towards partner locations. Their success through time also encouraged the School to implement new exchanges.
The School’s project is included in the continuity of a historical and a cultural context. In that way, it has grown within a network of competences. Updated through an inventive teaching process, it is therefore open towards close and distant potentialities.