Methodology and talent development

Methodology The methodology of Le Grand Cru is based on stylistic forms of European dance theater, combined with a uniquely developed strategy that maps the cultural and mental landscape of the participants. mapping

Mapping is used to reveal the social and cultural identity of the participants (dancers/actors) and at the same time has its focus on intercultural exchange. The method focuses on issues dealing with general culturally recognizable human values. Through a process of guiding assignments and improvisations all kind of matters pop up that stimulate cultural awareness: who are you, what is important to an individual’s life, matters from personal to politics. By using this method we do not work with preconceived issues but we let the themes for a performance come into being organically. This unique method of working is constantly tested, extended and adjusted.

With this methodology and technical training we support artistic directors and individual performers globally in their desire to become professionals. training-cuba-maart-06-122training-cuba-3

Vivacity, love, compassion and discipline; these are the ingredients with which we feed people to put them in their power.

We believe in the uniqueness of each culture. The starting point for each training is the culturally determined dance -and theater tradition. Contemporary form concepts and dance techniques are linked to this tradition.sampling

The often authentic and clear-cut sing and dance forms are studied and respected in nature and meaning, but reshaped towards a new (abstract) story and content. We create a new meaning to an existing traditional  and cultural vocabulary by reorganising it and by adding new forms to it. Similar to the approach of DJ’s, who reorganize existing music samples to create a new music composition. By connecting the forms to the underlying themes from the mapping method, a new language and a new meaning come into being.

In this fusion process participants develop a new expressiveness to depict contemporary themes. The programs focus on artistic and personal growth: physical discipline, presentation, strengthening analytical and critical capacity, creativity and responsibility, dignity and trust.

Tradition versus modernization The specific choice of working from traditional dance forms and to connect  these to contemporary dance forms was motivated in view of the following results: Elasticity To visualize the development of a society in a performance by connecting old to new. Authenticity To guard the recognition of identity for an inexperienced local audience that easily tune into traditions, which makes the impact of social themes more effective in its communication. Sustainability To develop a unique artistic style that offers opportunities for the international market.

Quality The driving force in every training is a professional and demanding approach. Experience shows that this leads to the discovery of personal strength and courage to develop initiative. It enhances personal and cultural self-esteem and initiates creativity in the broadest sense.

SRHR Recently, our focus has shifted on performances dealing with sexual rights and health rights. Therefore, Le Grand Cru works not only alongside her artistic partners, but also closely together with local and international advocacy organizations such as Population Services International and Rutgers Foundation. Le Grand Cru use exercises from the academic dance principles as ‘soft skills’  for the development of a curriculum. At teachers training Colleges in Benin (see coaching) We have implemented 12 physical exercises to support a curriculum on Sexual Education. As of december 2018 the curriculum has been validated by ther Government of Benin. A true worldpremière for Le Grand Cru where dance exercises support a curriculum to create sensibilization and awareness in interpersonal communication. We call it Embodied Cognition.

Rachelle Agbossou

What our partners say

‘C’est extraordinaire comment Le Grand Cru encore et encore s’arrange pour choisir les bonnes personnes pour former les gens de la Compagnie Walô’.

Rachelle Agbossou | Directeur Artistique | Benin | 2013
Lawand Hajo

What our partners say

‘Encouraging and inspiring the dancers with their devoted actions and their professional experience, the trainers never hesitated to put in the right frame to suit the dancer’s potentials and improve their abilities to expand their minds’

Lawand Hajo | Director Ramad Dance | Syria | 2007
Adamond Harushimana

What our partners say

La formation du Grand Cru a contribué de façon particulière au développement de nos acteurs et danseurs. Exigeant, ils apportent tout le monde à un niveau plus élevé. Nous voulons continuer.

Adamond Harushimana | Manager APC PARLE | Burundi | 2016