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The Odéon - Théâtre de l’Europe

The Odéon - Théâtre de l’Europe is one of the most renowned artistic stages in France. Its mission is to promote cultural heritage and artistic creation in France and Europe.

The Odéon: workshop for European art

Built in 1782, the Odéon was given “French national theater” status in 1971. The theater combines prestige with a community presence, as is illustrated by the historic grand theater in Paris as well as the more recent Ateliers Berthier.

The Odéon maintains a repertoire of both classic and experimental plays. A new generation of French and European artists is developing and advocating theater that is both exceptional in quality and accessible to the general public.

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“Génération(s) Odéon”, an initiative for underserved middle school students

Génération(s) Odéon is in-depth a 2-year program that links the Odéon with History studies, French and English in middle schools by sending artists to work in classrooms.

Each partnership consists of classroom teachers and teaching artists who design a program that enables students to develop critical thinking, communication and acting skills.

Four classes in grade eight from Paris and Creteil school districts have welcomed the program for 2 years. Every school involved in the program has many of the students at risk of academic failure.

Throughout the program, artists and teachers work closely to develop ways of integrating artistic knowledge and practices into classroom curricula that help students learn how to apply their skills.

The program includes the Theatre and Ateliers Berthier visits; classroom visits from the artists on a weekly basis; a trip abroad and a visit in an Odeon partner institution and, a final restitution on stage at the end of year 2.

Moreover, participants are always invited to see the performance in connection with the workshop they attended, and meet the actors. They discover the theater, its codes, its power as an outlet that brings people together, and the pleasure of sharing emotions.