New feature 2021 : Zoom Meetings YPAL


Collegiality is the watchword of YPAL Encounters 2021

We organise one Wednesday every 3 weeks a ZOOM YPAL meeting at 6.45 pm.

These times will allow us to work together to develop the 2021 Meetings, its programme, the workshops, as well as the progress in the YPAL network..

This practice of co-elaboration is, in our opinion, fundamental for the future of the YPAL network. 

An agenda will be sent out one week before each meeting, which can of course be modified according to the feedback from everyone. 
Recepts will also be sent one week after the meeting.  

Dates of upcoming meetings :

  • – Wednesday 4 November 2020 18:45.
  • – Wednesday 25 November 2020 18:45.
  • – Wednesday 16 December 2020 18:45.

if you wish to participate in these meetings: contact ypal@lacomediedereims.fr.

We look forward to seeing many of you,

Félix Vannarath

YPAL MEETING IN REIMS WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 6,7 and 8, 2021 !

Young Performing Arts Lovers, YPAL Encounters, New features 2021 : What is it and how to join us ?

If you are starting to read this article, it is that: You are already a YPAL, a friend has told you about the network, your day has been marked by one of our posters, you have received one of our calls for participation, seen one of our posts on social networks and/or you are intrigued by the terms YPAL, Rencontres de Reims?

First of all we wish you a warm welcome and a good read!

The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Young Performing Arts Lovers network, and its YPAL Meetings, and to register you for the YPAL 2021 Meetings in Reims.


Contents

The YPAL network: what is it?

What is YPAL Encounters?

What’s new for the 2021 edition?

And how do I register?


The YPAL network: what is it?

Initiated in 2009 by Anne Goalard in the dynamics of the Reims Scènes d’Europe festival, the YPAL network: Young Performing Arts Lovers is a network of young Europeans united by a common interest in the performing arts.

The YPAL Network is based on the multiplicity of individual journeys and intercultural exchange common to Europe and the performing arts to create dialogue and conviviality between young people from all backgrounds.

YPAL is structured by the YPAL Encounters times, which are intended to be innovative proposals where the place of the young spectator is questioned. During these YPAL Encounters, the young spectator is not a simple target of cultural actions, he is the actor of his relationship with the performing arts.

The YPALs thus participate in the development of the YPAL Encounters, the weekend programme, the creation of workshops and the organisation of debates.


OK, but what is YPAL Encounters?

The YPALs are amateurs, artists or accompanying artists who meet every year for the YPAL Encounters in Reims (and occasionally in other European cities: Madrid in 2019, Stuttgart in 2015, Hamburg in 2010-11-12, Brussels in 2011-12, Turin, Malmo, Sarajevo …).

These are 3 days of performances, exchanges of young people from different backgrounds, reception workshops, time to meet the artists, and conviviality:

The YPALs are invited to get involved in intercultural exchanges, after attending shows together:

to confront and share their experiences as spectators, their vision of current affairs and the place of living art, to debate on the place and role of creation in our contemporary societies,- to invent new formats for encounters between spectators, artists, accompanying artists, cultural institutions and political decision-makers, to invent new types of artistic experiences.

The performance reception workshops, developed by and for the YPALs, are at the heart of the YPAL Encounters.

These meetings in Reims exist thanks to the support of the Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National and are hosted within the FARaway- Festival des Arts à Reims, which brings together 7 cultural institutions in Reims;(La Comédie, La Cartonnerie, Césaré, le FRAC, le Manège, Nova Villa, l’Opéra).

51 YPALs of 9 different nationalities (France, USA, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ireland and Denmark), aged between 18 and 30, took part in the Rencontres 2020.


What’s new for the 2021 edition?

The 2021 edition will take place from 5 to 7 February 2021 in Reims and will breathe new life into the network and the format of the YPAL Meetings.

10 years of existence lead us to question the heart of the Rencontres YPAL.

In what way is it productive to see shows together and discuss them, whether you have a small or large audience experience, whether you have had access to a very contemporary or more academic theatre, whether you come from Poland or Italy, whether you are engaged in artistic research or are a mathematics student?

The reception workshops are the foundation of the network, the breeding ground on which participants are invited to invest and share artistic, political, social, professional, personal interests?

We wish to make the YPAL 2021 Meetings not the core of the Network’s activity but the culmination of an annual preparatory work leading to these times of exchange.

The participants draw up the programme of these Meetings and the workshops via regular Zoom meetings.

A journal dedicated to the 2021 edition will enable the work of the YPALs to be concretised and disseminated and will gather the reports, testimonies, interviews and games realised by the YPALs during this weekend.

The Rencontres de Reims can thus be an example for the organisation of other events in Europe.


And how do you register?

You now know YPAL and the Encounters! (if you read this little article correctly!)

So if you want to get involved in the YPAL network and take part in the 2021 Meetings from 5 to 7 February, register by clicking on this link:

Participation is free of charge. The Comédie de Reims will take care of the tickets for the shows, the catering, the accommodation for the non-goers and part of the travel expenses, so why hesitate?

If you have the slightest question, do not hesitate to contact us at the following address:

Félix Vannarath, YPAL 2021 Meetings Officer and Anne Goalard, President of the YPAL association



Would you like to make my portrait? Olivia Hernaiz – By Amanda Vandyck

A review of Faraway festival shows by YPAL

The last thing I expected to do on a Sunday morning was draw a stranger’s portrait. Although I had been participating in the YPALs conference for a few days by then, my experiences had been mostly as an observer, only occasionally standing up to dance during performances (it was part of the show, of course). So, when I arrived at the FRAC, right next door to Sciences Po, and saw a whole bunch of easels set up in a semi-circle around the artist, Olivia Hernaïz, I was a little surprised and a little giddy. Giddy, because I hadn’t tried my hand in the fine arts in quite a while.

The fact that I hadn’t made a portrait of a live artist maybe ever definitely showed as I started putting pastel to paper. I sat between two children, although it was my portrait that looked like it had been done by a five-year-old. At one point, after I had stepped away from the easel, a kind old lady walked by and asked the two girls on either side of me where their younger sister was– my portrait was so bad the woman assumed that it had been the work of a younger sister, not a nineteen-year-old art lover. My friend entered the FRAC, and in showing her my piece I laughed so hard that I almost started crying, disrupting the peace of the room.

While my piece may not have been what anybody was expecting, it still felt good to create something. The sheer range of emotions, whether excitement and expectation that surrounded the clean slate of my paper, or the overwhelming embarrassment and ridiculousness of my drawing itself, shook me. And, if you ask me, I really like my piece. Even though my depiction of the model looks like a scary monster, missing many facial features (I almost forgot to to draw the model’s nose), it was genuinely fun to color in the dark green of the model’s sweater and combine browns to make a hair color that felt satisfactory. 

I am a Young Performing Arts Lover– and while this may have initially appeared to be a visual arts exhibition, it hit me as I left that this was a performing arts experience. The feel of interacting with the other artists, of looking at what they were doing, and being part of a micro-community, of interacting with the model, of discussing my work with the people around me, was interactive and almost performative. The model wanted to make a point. She was the orchestrator of this experience, of this interaction, and, although she was silent, she was the center of it. She reverses the creative process, so that the observers are the creators, with a focus on dialogue. I appreciate the opportunity that Hernaïz gave me. I only hope she doesn’t take offense at my truly abhorrent portrait of her.

La Présent qui déborde O agora que demora Notre odyssée II, Christiane Jatahy – by Amanda VanDyck

The Lingering Now, Christiane Jatahy, FARAWAYfestival2020

I really had no idea what to expect when I sat down in my seat. After walking with the other YPALs to the theater at l’atelier, I realized that I really had not done my homework. And while normally that would bother me somewhat, I genuinely believe that my complete unawareness of what I was about to see made my experience even better.

I was confronted with a very large screen, and I shuffled into my seat with a pocket full of lollipops and no expectations whatsoever. Christiane Jatahy, the artist, introduced the piece, discussing it as a work about borders, about the border between cinema and plays, about the borders that separate people from countries, about the borders that separated people from their friends. And then I sat back and watched.

It took me a while to catch on that members of the cast were hidden throughout the audience. A man sitting near me loudly poured water into a cup, and my initial reaction combined annoyance with being impressed that somehow the sound of the water fit in with the rest of the show so well. It hit me when he began making popping sounds with the help of a prop. Again, I felt annoyed, but a sea of other popping sounds joined his, to make a sea of sounds that felt like splashes or intense, heavy rain.

The show was almost always surprising me, whether by the effectiveness of the director’s comparisons to The Odyssey, by the impromptu dance party just over halfway through, or by the bravery that it must have taken cast member Yara to tell a room full of strangers about her experiences being imprisoned in Syria just for trying to see her family.

I really liked the performance. I’ve studied The Odyssey before, and loved it. As a student of Political Science, I was very captivated by social commentary about humanity and the walls and institutions that separate us from one another. Although I was initially confused by the stories being told on screen, which combined lines from the Odyssey with refugees telling their own stories. But I guess that’s the point– Jatahy wanted us to be confused at first, to recognize her main point that everybody has their own odyssey. That odysseys were not just ‘things that happened’ over a thousand years ago, but people’s experiences and stories that are still taking place today.
As the first performance I saw while attending the YPAL conference, I was forced to think critically. The show really did make me rethink my own experiences and those of my friends, and really brought together the worlds of theater and society, setting the stage for a whole weekend of thought-provoking art and experiences.


23 October 2020

New feature 2021 : Zoom Meetings YPAL


Collegiality is the watchword of YPAL Encounters 2021

We organise one Wednesday every 3 weeks a ZOOM YPAL meeting at 6.45 pm.

These times will allow us to work together to develop the 2021 Meetings, its programme, the workshops, as well as the progress in the YPAL network..

This practice of co-elaboration is, in our opinion, fundamental for the future of the YPAL network. 

An agenda will be sent out one week before each meeting, which can of course be modified according to the feedback from everyone. 
Recepts will also be sent one week after the meeting.  

Dates of upcoming meetings :

  • – Wednesday 4 November 2020 18:45.
  • – Wednesday 25 November 2020 18:45.
  • – Wednesday 16 December 2020 18:45.

if you wish to participate in these meetings: contact ypal@lacomediedereims.fr.

We look forward to seeing many of you,

Félix Vannarath

22 September 2020

YPAL MEETING IN REIMS WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 6,7 and 8, 2021 !

6 November 2019

20 October 2020

Young Performing Arts Lovers, YPAL Encounters, New features 2021 : What is it and how to join us ?

If you are starting to read this article, it is that: You are already a YPAL, a friend has told you about the network, your day has been marked by one of our posters, you have received one of our calls for participation, seen one of our posts on social networks and/or you are intrigued by the terms YPAL, Rencontres de Reims?

First of all we wish you a warm welcome and a good read!

The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Young Performing Arts Lovers network, and its YPAL Meetings, and to register you for the YPAL 2021 Meetings in Reims.


Contents

The YPAL network: what is it?

What is YPAL Encounters?

What’s new for the 2021 edition?

And how do I register?


The YPAL network: what is it?

Initiated in 2009 by Anne Goalard in the dynamics of the Reims Scènes d’Europe festival, the YPAL network: Young Performing Arts Lovers is a network of young Europeans united by a common interest in the performing arts.

The YPAL Network is based on the multiplicity of individual journeys and intercultural exchange common to Europe and the performing arts to create dialogue and conviviality between young people from all backgrounds.

YPAL is structured by the YPAL Encounters times, which are intended to be innovative proposals where the place of the young spectator is questioned. During these YPAL Encounters, the young spectator is not a simple target of cultural actions, he is the actor of his relationship with the performing arts.

The YPALs thus participate in the development of the YPAL Encounters, the weekend programme, the creation of workshops and the organisation of debates.


OK, but what is YPAL Encounters?

The YPALs are amateurs, artists or accompanying artists who meet every year for the YPAL Encounters in Reims (and occasionally in other European cities: Madrid in 2019, Stuttgart in 2015, Hamburg in 2010-11-12, Brussels in 2011-12, Turin, Malmo, Sarajevo …).

These are 3 days of performances, exchanges of young people from different backgrounds, reception workshops, time to meet the artists, and conviviality:

The YPALs are invited to get involved in intercultural exchanges, after attending shows together:

to confront and share their experiences as spectators, their vision of current affairs and the place of living art, to debate on the place and role of creation in our contemporary societies,- to invent new formats for encounters between spectators, artists, accompanying artists, cultural institutions and political decision-makers, to invent new types of artistic experiences.

The performance reception workshops, developed by and for the YPALs, are at the heart of the YPAL Encounters.

These meetings in Reims exist thanks to the support of the Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National and are hosted within the FARaway- Festival des Arts à Reims, which brings together 7 cultural institutions in Reims;(La Comédie, La Cartonnerie, Césaré, le FRAC, le Manège, Nova Villa, l’Opéra).

51 YPALs of 9 different nationalities (France, USA, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ireland and Denmark), aged between 18 and 30, took part in the Rencontres 2020.


What’s new for the 2021 edition?

The 2021 edition will take place from 5 to 7 February 2021 in Reims and will breathe new life into the network and the format of the YPAL Meetings.

10 years of existence lead us to question the heart of the Rencontres YPAL.

In what way is it productive to see shows together and discuss them, whether you have a small or large audience experience, whether you have had access to a very contemporary or more academic theatre, whether you come from Poland or Italy, whether you are engaged in artistic research or are a mathematics student?

The reception workshops are the foundation of the network, the breeding ground on which participants are invited to invest and share artistic, political, social, professional, personal interests?

We wish to make the YPAL 2021 Meetings not the core of the Network’s activity but the culmination of an annual preparatory work leading to these times of exchange.

The participants draw up the programme of these Meetings and the workshops via regular Zoom meetings.

A journal dedicated to the 2021 edition will enable the work of the YPALs to be concretised and disseminated and will gather the reports, testimonies, interviews and games realised by the YPALs during this weekend.

The Rencontres de Reims can thus be an example for the organisation of other events in Europe.


And how do you register?

You now know YPAL and the Encounters! (if you read this little article correctly!)

So if you want to get involved in the YPAL network and take part in the 2021 Meetings from 5 to 7 February, register by clicking on this link:

Participation is free of charge. The Comédie de Reims will take care of the tickets for the shows, the catering, the accommodation for the non-goers and part of the travel expenses, so why hesitate?

If you have the slightest question, do not hesitate to contact us at the following address:

Félix Vannarath, YPAL 2021 Meetings Officer and Anne Goalard, President of the YPAL association



24 February 2020

Would you like to make my portrait? Olivia Hernaiz – By Amanda Vandyck

A review of Faraway festival shows by YPAL

The last thing I expected to do on a Sunday morning was draw a stranger’s portrait. Although I had been participating in the YPALs conference for a few days by then, my experiences had been mostly as an observer, only occasionally standing up to dance during performances (it was part of the show, of course). So, when I arrived at the FRAC, right next door to Sciences Po, and saw a whole bunch of easels set up in a semi-circle around the artist, Olivia Hernaïz, I was a little surprised and a little giddy. Giddy, because I hadn’t tried my hand in the fine arts in quite a while.

The fact that I hadn’t made a portrait of a live artist maybe ever definitely showed as I started putting pastel to paper. I sat between two children, although it was my portrait that looked like it had been done by a five-year-old. At one point, after I had stepped away from the easel, a kind old lady walked by and asked the two girls on either side of me where their younger sister was– my portrait was so bad the woman assumed that it had been the work of a younger sister, not a nineteen-year-old art lover. My friend entered the FRAC, and in showing her my piece I laughed so hard that I almost started crying, disrupting the peace of the room.

While my piece may not have been what anybody was expecting, it still felt good to create something. The sheer range of emotions, whether excitement and expectation that surrounded the clean slate of my paper, or the overwhelming embarrassment and ridiculousness of my drawing itself, shook me. And, if you ask me, I really like my piece. Even though my depiction of the model looks like a scary monster, missing many facial features (I almost forgot to to draw the model’s nose), it was genuinely fun to color in the dark green of the model’s sweater and combine browns to make a hair color that felt satisfactory. 

I am a Young Performing Arts Lover– and while this may have initially appeared to be a visual arts exhibition, it hit me as I left that this was a performing arts experience. The feel of interacting with the other artists, of looking at what they were doing, and being part of a micro-community, of interacting with the model, of discussing my work with the people around me, was interactive and almost performative. The model wanted to make a point. She was the orchestrator of this experience, of this interaction, and, although she was silent, she was the center of it. She reverses the creative process, so that the observers are the creators, with a focus on dialogue. I appreciate the opportunity that Hernaïz gave me. I only hope she doesn’t take offense at my truly abhorrent portrait of her.

24 February 2020

La Présent qui déborde O agora que demora Notre odyssée II, Christiane Jatahy – by Amanda VanDyck

The Lingering Now, Christiane Jatahy, FARAWAYfestival2020

I really had no idea what to expect when I sat down in my seat. After walking with the other YPALs to the theater at l’atelier, I realized that I really had not done my homework. And while normally that would bother me somewhat, I genuinely believe that my complete unawareness of what I was about to see made my experience even better.

I was confronted with a very large screen, and I shuffled into my seat with a pocket full of lollipops and no expectations whatsoever. Christiane Jatahy, the artist, introduced the piece, discussing it as a work about borders, about the border between cinema and plays, about the borders that separate people from countries, about the borders that separated people from their friends. And then I sat back and watched.

It took me a while to catch on that members of the cast were hidden throughout the audience. A man sitting near me loudly poured water into a cup, and my initial reaction combined annoyance with being impressed that somehow the sound of the water fit in with the rest of the show so well. It hit me when he began making popping sounds with the help of a prop. Again, I felt annoyed, but a sea of other popping sounds joined his, to make a sea of sounds that felt like splashes or intense, heavy rain.

The show was almost always surprising me, whether by the effectiveness of the director’s comparisons to The Odyssey, by the impromptu dance party just over halfway through, or by the bravery that it must have taken cast member Yara to tell a room full of strangers about her experiences being imprisoned in Syria just for trying to see her family.

I really liked the performance. I’ve studied The Odyssey before, and loved it. As a student of Political Science, I was very captivated by social commentary about humanity and the walls and institutions that separate us from one another. Although I was initially confused by the stories being told on screen, which combined lines from the Odyssey with refugees telling their own stories. But I guess that’s the point– Jatahy wanted us to be confused at first, to recognize her main point that everybody has their own odyssey. That odysseys were not just ‘things that happened’ over a thousand years ago, but people’s experiences and stories that are still taking place today.
As the first performance I saw while attending the YPAL conference, I was forced to think critically. The show really did make me rethink my own experiences and those of my friends, and really brought together the worlds of theater and society, setting the stage for a whole weekend of thought-provoking art and experiences.