In 2019 and 2020, within the home for young unaccompanied minors of Notre Dame du Grand Port (in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or), we worked with groups of refugees on theatrical and musical themes, with our creation "Stabat Mater" as support, whose heart of the matter is the situation of refugees (the evocation of the Aquarius in particular). We led workshops based on body music, polyphony and the mixture of African and Brazilian percussion and ancient music.
This work led to them being part of our show. Thus, they participated in our performances in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and at the Theater of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. The main objectives of the project:
• Allow young unaccompanied minors to express themselves, to reclaim their history, their culture, their language(s) while understanding French culture and language as well as its socio-cultural and sociolinguistic codes.
• Develop social ties and thereby the mobility of young unaccompanied minors: allow young people who are not used to travelling to leave their neighborhood / shelter, in order to create a meeting and a collective emulation motivated by artistic creation but also to open their living space to the outside.
• Bring the young participants to cultural practices to which they do not have access or towards which they do not go naturally thanks to opening activities, in particular through individual and collective vocal practice, an introduction to the Alexander technique, and in improvisation workshops
• Trip to Paris and participation in performances of ''Stabat Mater''
The Adoma center, located in Oullins, aims to support and accompany isolated refugee women with children. Just as we had done with the Euterpe, Habitat and Humanism project, we invited these women from very diverse backgrounds to join our "Stabat Mater" show. They were able, accompanied by their children, to take part in other performances, in particular at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins.
On March 4, 5 and 6, at the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a training course was held for ten secondary school teachers as part of the academic plan. This course, entitled “Opera, musical theatre: from voices to paths” was led by three speakers, including Caroline Mutel.
The internship was conducted as part of our show "Stabat Mater", a committed and atypical creation based on the work of Pergolesi of the same name, and adapted to deliver a humanist message about the fate of refugees.
It was also an opportunity to meet the choir direction students of the regional conservatory of Versailles, and Master's students from the Sorbonne University.