An innovative strategy to stimulate international cooperation and support artistic projects.
Launched in June 2016, the ECH was introduced by the Ministry of Culture. Its objective is threefold :
International circulation and production : organizing and producing major scale French or foreign projects together with foreign collaborators and enabling these projects to tour Europe and the world.
Encouraging rising artists in their burgeoning international career. Two of these three strategies will be developed for the attention of rising artists in addition to providing a stage : production skills, training, international coproduction budget.
International training and welcoming foreign cultures. Welcoming associate European and international artists and developing European projects (training / production / circulation).
The phénix may have been the first ECH launched on a national scale and supported by the Hauts-de-France region and Valenciennes Métropole, there are since autumn 2016 eight other similar projects – la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, le Théâtre National de Bretagne de Rennes, la Maison de la Culture in Lyon and le Centre Dramatique National de Caen, la Comète scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, la scène nationale d’Annecy and Chambery, le CNAREP Marseille.
Since its launching in 2016, the ECH enabled four associate artists – Julien Gosselin, l’Amicale de Production, Halory Gorger and the XY company to have long term projects until 2021, by supporting their art on a national scale in addition to strong international appeal. Shows like 2666, Il n’est pas encore minuit or Germinal have been performed and seen countless times.
Besides, we have welcomed 11 new regional rising artists – 11 companies out of 16 joined the ECH campus in 2017 and 2018 : Rebecca Chaillon (Creil), Julien Aillet (Lille), Sarah Lecarpentier (Lille), Damien Chardonnet-Darmaillacq (Aulnoyes-Aymeries), Denis Bonnetier (Valenciennes), Cédric Orain (Valenciennes), L’Ouvrier du Drame theatrical company (Arras), Tiphaine Raffier (Lille), Les Bourgeois de Kiev (Lille), Yuval Rozman (Lille) and Frédéric Lafarge (Arras). They joined Laurent Bazin (Paris), Gurshad Shaheman (Marseille), Mehdi-Georges Lahlou (Brussels) and OS’O collective of artists (Bordeaux).
In 2017, the ECH supported 211 artists and collaborators during their residency (214 days of work on our stage, that is 2157 working hours and 3484 nights spend in the Valenciennes area. It amounts to almost 11 full-time jobs that cannot be outsourced.
Supporting the Campus associate artists has been possible thanks to a major professional network : 28 local cultural sites, 54 national sites and 32 international sites are working together to encourage circulation of the supported projects.
Since 2016, the international cooperation has been successful. The Institut Français joined our project and so did foreign agencies like Dutch Performing Arts, le Centre Culturel de Taiwan and Pro Helvetia which provided financial support. L’Agence Nationale de la Recherche coordinates artists with international researchers.