Avignon Festival: what theater can teach us?

Article by Pole Emploi

The Avignon Festival is an annual theater festival held in the city of Avignon, between the remparts, in France, during the month of July. It was created by Jean Vilar in 1947. The festival contains two parts, an official part called the “In”, a public theater of great renown, beneficiary of public subsidies (about 50% of its budget) comprising around sixty shows spread over the period. Regarding the other part, the “Off” festival, there are more than 1,500 shows in 2022 often in self-production. Theatre, dance, circus, poetry… all the living arts, in all their forms, are represented and this is what which gives it its richness and diversity.

There, we realize the usefulness of theater and the various forms it can take to help an individual in his lifelong learning. The theater makes possible exchanges and transmit messages. The spectator is not only present in the room to be entertained, he also retains lessons. Indeed, the purpose of theater is not simply limited to making the spectator forget their daily worries, it also allows relational, intellectual, civic, social development… Theater has the possibility of allowing the individual to strengthen his knowledge in many ways. It also has the role of supporting the activity of the mind with questioning. For instance, in its play « Should Olivier Masson die? » (In French, « Olivier Masson doit-il mourir ? »), François Hien questions the different points of view that there may be on euthanasia. The plays are certainly artistic, but it allows the development of the human being in his environment. It allows the fulfillment of the individual citizen in society. Theater is an excellent way to transform so that the person becomes a real asset for society.

That is why, Master the Act, in proposing face-to-face theatre-based labs, really aims to improve a large spectrum of skillset from creative thinking to emotional intelligence. Theatre has a lot to offer

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