Transmission Impossible

Artistes dans la Cité, Panorama grant events, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès © Simon Gosselin

Transmission Impossible

A project by the Festival d'Avignon, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès and Mathilde Monnier

How to pass on the performing arts? That’s the question asked by this programme, conceived in 2024 as an agora with the Hermès Foundation and Mathilde Monnier. Transmission Impossible brings together fifty young French and international artists—most of them recipients of a Hermès Foundation grant—to experience the Festival d’Avignon as a laboratory of reflection thanks to shows, rehearsals, and encounters. Accompanied by author and choreographer Cristina Morales, filmmaker Patric Chiha, and playwright Stéphane Bouquet, Mathilde Monnier invites those young artists to transform fluid thought into performances during sessions open to the public. Aimed at opening new artistic horizons, Transmission impossible calls on a new multidisciplinary team every year to provide ever more perspectives and research angles. 

Transmission Impossible es un proyecto de inmersión, de intercambio y de investigación dentro del Festival d’Avignon para 50 artistas franceses e internacionales de las artes vivas. Los participantes se sumergirán en el Festival y se impregnarán de una edición-laboratorio para inventar el mañana.  


Artistic coordination and educational support Mathilde Monnier (choreographer)
In collaboration with Stéphane Bouquet (author and playwright), Patric Chiha (filmmaker), Cristina Morales (author and choreographer)
With artists receiving Artistes dans la Cité scholarships from the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès: Yassim Aït Abdelmalek, Jessim Belfar, Arthur Berthault, Matthieu Calvié, Malick Cissé, Robin Condamin, Luciana Costa-Piallat, Jade Crespy, Stéphane Delile, Nina Depays, Elena Dombrowski, Marina Escobar, Elsa Fafin, Ilonah Fagotin, Adam Fontaine, Barbara Ford, Pomme François-Ferron, Fantine Gelu, Ametonyo Gomes Da Silva, Paul Grassin, Loan Hermant, Ramo Jalilyan, Tristan Leroy, Vladimir Leroy, Heather Losh, Woodina Louisa, Marie Mangin, Chloé Monteiro, Michael Nana, Ephraïm Nanikunzola, Apolline Peccarisi, Louise Phelipon, Lucas Resende Soares, Hugo Serre, Ehsan Shayanfard, Clara Thibault, Julia Touam, Alina Tshkovrebiva, Zaïna Yalioua 
and thirteen young international artists (in progress): Jessica Allemann, Jorge Ernesto Barrón, Mélanie Ferreira, Andréa Givanovitch, In Hwa Jin, Chou Kuan-Jou, Zoé Lakhnati, Marco Mendonça, Aristeo Mora de Anda, Eunsil Noh, Hung Wei-Yao 
With the participation of artists, designers and technicians from the 78th edition of the Festival d'Avignon.

This edition of Transmission Impossible is dedicated to the memory of Titouan Maire.


Production Festival d'Avignon, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Coproduction NTCH Taiwan National Theatre, Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisboa), Lithuanian Theatre Information Centre, Association MM
With the support of the French Embassy in Bolivia, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (Mexico), Lithuanian Culture Institute
In partnership with La Garance Scène nationale de Cavaillon
Aknowledgements La Criée – Théâtre national de Marseille, Les Tréteaux de France Centre dramatique national

“Our gestures define us and show who we are.” Every commitment made by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is guided by this single, unifying conviction. Put another way, by acting for the well-being of all, we grow and become better human beings. The Foundation puts in place the necessary conditions for the transmission of skills and know-how, the creation of new work across the arts, of social solidarity and the protection of our environment, through several programmes designed to accompany its beneficiaries as they build tomorrow’s world.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports Transmission Impossible, an immersion, exchange, and research project for young artists and performing arts students taking place within the Festival d’Avignon. This postgraduate project brings together many young talents of the theatre arts supported by of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its Artists in the Community programme programme, wich aims to promote access to the performing arts professions with particular attention to the issue of equal opportunities.

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