The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles designs bespoke local activities and outreach projects, notably for youngsters.
The revival of 17th and 18th French music has reached audiences in France and beyond outside professional musical circles. The extraordinary diversity and scope of baroque art forms has the power to resonate with a wide-ranging public. Proof of its inclusiveness is the success of the Générations Lully project (2016-2018) which brought together people of all backgrounds from the town of Trappes to produce a comédie-ballet, combining cultural discovery with hands-on artistic experience.
On the strength of its cultural outreach experience, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles is designing bespoke local activities and projects, notably for youngsters. To this end it brings in a wide range of artists and technicians from the world of song, dance, theatre, scenography, composition, costumes, crafts and video.
Cultural outreach can take the form of personalised workshops, long term projects or artistic residency, depending on the interests and needs of the educational, social or cultural outreach centre.
“We didn’t really like it at first because it wasn’t like life today, we couldn’t really identify with it, but we were gradually taken into the baroque era [project Générations Lully, ed]. Our class learned to work closely together and in different ways. We really bonded in the sense that we discovered everyone’s amusing side!”
— Joice & Victoria, secondary pupils from Trappes