A Parisian theatre company, La Transplanisphère develops numerous projects exploring social and political issues through the performing arts.
Since 2010, the company has acquired expertise in the design and management of international cooperation projects supported by the European Commission. La Transplanisphère carries out various projects using theatrical and artistic tools to facilitate intercultural dialogue and stimulate active citizenship.
Since 2017, the company is in residence at the Albert Schweitzer high school, in Le Raincy (Grand Paris). It runs numerous actions with high school students, but also with pupils from the secondary school and the surrounding primary and nursery schools.
All of La Transplanisphère’s projects have a common objective: to contribute to the renewal of the open-mindedness of the world’s citizens.
Albert Schweitzer High School
The Albert Schweitzer high school, famous for its landscaped park, welcomes 1,800 students from various backgrounds.
It is unique in that 40% of its students come from well-off families and 60% from more modest backgrounds, such as the neighbouring town of Montfermeil.
In this intercultural context, the school has been stimulating its activities for several years, with, for example, La Semaine des Arts (the Arts Week) organised together with La Transplanisphère. The school is also open to Europe with Abibac classes and European sections, as well as with the BTS international commerce sections which participate in Erasmus.
Corot Secondary School
Corot Secondary school is one of the oldest schools in Le Raincy. Newly rebuilt on a 5,900 m2 site, the new building now includes a gym, a sports field, an athletics track, and new reception and teaching areas for students, and can receive up to 700 students. The specificity of the geographical map makes it a relatively mixed school with pupils from a wide range of backgrounds and origins.
With a competent and dynamic teaching team, the Corot secondary school strives to become a place offering multiple activities to its students. For example, it has two bilingual classes in German. It also has a multifunctional room available to the students, which allows for the organisation of numerous workshops, and in particular, theatre workshops with the help of the Transplanisphère.
Les Fougères Primary School
Founded in 1870, Les Fougères school welcomes about 280 pupils, mainly from the town of Le Raincy. The pupils come from a variety of backgrounds and social contexts, ranging from the upper social classes to emergency housing centres, which brings a rich social diversity to the school.
The teaching team is the strength of the school. Several artistic and cultural projects are implemented within the school such as writing/reading projects, theatre, dance, artistic and cultural education projects and education for sustainable development.
The school also participated in the Grow from Seeds project as a school partner. Together with La Transplanisphère team, the teachers participated in the development of the methodology and the achievement of the project objectives, from which Oratio mix was partly inspired.
Les Fougères Kindergarten
Les Fougères kindergarten is located in the town of Le Raincy and welcomes 180 pupils in 7 classes with 9 teachers.
At the initiative of its director, the school has been committed since 2014 to an approach of Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (EEDD). Renewed every year, it is an integral part of the school’s educational project.
The school’s commitment has been recognised and praised by the academic authorities (E3D label). As an extension of this, the school experimented with the international Eco-School programme, in 2017. This label rewards the school’s commitment, achievements and partnerships.
In addition to the central role of the teaching team in supervising these activities, many partners are involved in the process, such as parents, the municipality, local associations, Les Fougères primary schools, Corot secondary school and two high schools.
ExQuorum is an artistic structure located in Portugal, since 2000. Based in Évora (Alentejo, 130 km from Lisbon), UNESCO World Heritage University and Historic City, Ex Quorum is very involved with the local community and develops artistic, pedagogical and citizen projects.
It has an evident approach to social intervention through artistic practices, associated with memory and geopolitics, in close relation with Alentejo´s regional heritage and reality.
ExQuorum intends to establish artistic interventions at both local and international levels. The company uses theatre to encourage active young citizenship, as well as inter-generational research (collecting and preserving the memories of older generations), in collaboration with students, actors, young people with fewer opportunities and other local groups.
Agrupamento de Escolas André de Gouveia
The Agrupamento de Escolas André de Gouveia in Évora is a grouping of diverse schools born in 2012, headed by the André de Gouveia High School.
These schools have a strong cultural dynamic and have thus become a local, regional and national reference. The grouping counts among its alumni national personalities in the fields of arts, sciences, humanities, sports and politics. Its library is also noteworthy for its numerous works (monographs, periodicals and archives), both scientific and technological.
Music and theatre are two of the main areas that contribute to the identity of the Group and convey an image of a site with a strong artistic and cultural imprint.
The cohesion of all the schools and the spirit of unity is an important concern of the Group, always keeping in mind the respect of each educational cycle and each organic unit that make up the André de Gouveia School Group.
Teatro Rigodon is a theatre company based in Rieti (80km from Rome, Italy). Since 2008, it has developed a variety of cultural projects such as Cultural Centers, Festivals, Community Plays as well as social and civic actions through artistic performances.
In the context of the small village where it is based, Rocca Sinibalda, the company designs and conducts international projects combining community theatre, intercultural dialogue and international mobility. It also carries out activities in migrant reception centres and schools.
Through these projects, it aims to encourage greater participation by citizens and contributes to a new understanding of the theatre of the world.
The company is supported by the village of Rocca Sinibalda (Rieti) with which it organises international youth and theatre exchanges.
Rocca Sinibalda Municipality
This municipality of less than 1,000 inhabitants is very involved in the field of culture and the arts, as well as in social mutual aid. It has supported numerous European youth exchanges since 2016 and the Mayor is personally invested in the international opening of his village.
It is also the location of a school that educates children from kindergarten to the first two years of secondary school. Its departments work directly with migrant families and take charge of their children’s schooling. They easily identify the needs of this part of the population, can observe their evolution directly and facilitate contact with the schools.
The city has recently welcomed newcomer children from Albania and Romania into its schools. The need for teachers to be trained and to have additional tools for intercultural education is therefore particularly felt.
In the centre of the village is the famous Rocca Sinibalda castle, which dates back to the 11th century. Since the 1960s, the castle has regularly hosted artistic events.
Costaggini High School
The Costaggini High School is a vocational school focused on the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry. It has 5 kitchen laboratories, 4 catering service areas and 3 receptions and ICT. The school currently has about 740 students coming from the province of Rieti, Rome, Viterbo, L’Aquila and Terni.
In addition to offering high quality specific training courses, the school focuses its courses on a teaching methodology that considers the many foreign students and students with special educational needs.
For many years, Costaggini has encouraged activities that involve the promotion of the European and international dimensions. It has participated in projects in the field of international cooperation (Comenius, LLP-IVT, Erasmus plus), education (World Forum), national hackathons or professional and cultural exchanges (Morocco, Peru, Japan…).
Through mobility, the school aims to help young people acquire the necessary skills and personal development to become an active world citizen. Sensitive to social policies, the school is an “ambassador school of the European Parliament”.
The NGO Kulturinitiative Förderband was founded in 1989 with the aim of giving artists a voice and opportunities to help shape the fundamental changes that may have resulted from the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The main objective of the association is to promote art and culture. This is achieved through the development of art and cultural installations and institutions as well as the development and implementation of projects in the fields of art, culture and intercultural exchange.
The organisation also runs the Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte, the most important production and communication center for dramatic artists of all genres in Berlin.
As a partner on numerous international artistic networks and projects, Förderband implements and supports inclusive projects. The organisation previously worked in partnership with La Transplanisphere on a project dealing with reconciliation (Rec>ON), and has developed exchanges of artists and refugees between Berlin and Baghdad.
Neumark Primary School is based in Schöneberg in the centre of Berlin. It has 300 pupils aged 6 to 12 and about 30 teachers and 26 educators. Almost all pupils come from immigrant families.
The school has a music speciality and offers its students the opportunity to play in two school orchestras. Two “welcome” classes are dedicated to children arriving in Germany without knowledge of the German language (Willkommensklasse).
The teaching staff and in particular the teachers working with the Willkommensklassen are used to working with pupils of international and/or multicultural origin.
For the past 4 years, the Willkommensklassen have been benefiting from art projects, in collaboration with the Theodor-Heuss Central Public Library. Together with the 12 children in the class, teachers and artists have produced 3 books on different themes. For these projects, the children were encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories and were very free to express themselves.