Online masterclasses: Classes d’Art du Festival d’Avignon, Season 1 [fr]

Starting September 2020 in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Festival Experiences, a subsidiary of the Festival d’Avignon, presents an online series of historical content from the archives of the past 20 years of the Festival d’Avignon through a program of masterclasses entitled “Classes d’Art du Festival d’Avignon." Free for all, the first series of masterclasses is currently being held (September to December) and led by four eminent artists from the Festival: theater directors Olivier Py and Caroline Guiela Nguyen, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and performer-choreographer François Chaignaud.

Each Classe d’Art is a 90-minute encounter with an artist divided into several chapters (all with English subtitles), complemented by up to 30 hours of the artists’ archives. In addition to these free classes, all are invited to a series of Live Talks, moderated by American experts on the arts and have access to an exclusive Instagram private community.

Season #1 - September to December 2020


For this fall only (Season#1), registration is free of charge.

For the Classes d’Art, participants must register at If you are a professor with a group of students, each student must register individually. Registration will give you and your students access to the entire program of the first season that includes four Classes d’Art and Live Talks until December 31st, 2020.

The Classes d’art: Schedule

The Classes d’Art with Olivier Py, Caroline Guiela Nguyen and Angélique Kidjo are available on the platform.

From November 1 to December 31, 2020 - special presentation of François Chaignaud

Live talks: Schedule

In addition to the Classe d’Art online, Live Talks (via zoom) moderated by an American expert are being organized during the fall. An e-invitation and zoom link will be sent in due time to people who have registered for the Classe d’Art. Questions can be submitted prior to the talks.

  • Wednesday, September 23 - 1 PM (EST): Olivier Py, Director of the Festival d’Avignon, and Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer Emeritus of the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music): From “The Maid" to "Requiem for Srebrenica", and to the direction of the Festival d’Avignon
  • Wednesday, October 21 - 1 PM (EST): Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Theater Director and Founder of the company Les Hommes Approximatifs, and Kate Loewald, Founding Producer of The Play Company in New York: Diversity in French Theatre
  • Monday, November 9 - 1 PM (EST): Angélique Kidjo, Beninese Singer and Songwriter, and Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Black woman, a tribute to Leopold Senghor in the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais des Papes
  • Monday, November 16 - 1 PM (EST): François Chaignaud, dancer, choregrapher, writer and co-founder of the Compagnie Vlovajob Pru and Matthew Lyons, curator at The Kitchen: Archeology of Dances and Gender

The Live Talks will be available on the following website:

Learn more about the artists here

Stay tuned for Season 1, launching in January 2021!

For more info: Contact Pascale Beyaert, Cultural Attaché :

Last modified on 12/11/2020

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