Nicolas Bertrand is the co-Director of Image Aiguë, Lyon and member of the A Soul for Europe ’s Strategy group. He was responsible for several cultural projects in rural areas, such as the theatre festival for young audiences “My sheep is a lion” and performances of young visual artists in Alsace and Lorraine.
Since 2001 he has been working for Image Aiguë. Founded in 1983 by artist Christiane Véricel, this independent group creates physical theatre shows dealing with current topics, promoting a philosophy of tolerance and peace. It gathers performers from various generations, backgrounds and cultures, speaking on stage in their own language.
The group leads cooperative projects and has been touring creations in about 40 countries.
Image Aiguë is a member of IETM and Anna Lindh Foundation network and a partner of the A Soul for Europe initiative.
Nicolas Bertrand is also a board member of Tango de Soie cultural center and tango dancer himself.
Chôros is a cultural co-operation platform led by artists and cultural activists from 4 neighbouring regions : the EU, the Occidental Balkans, Caucasus and North Africa. By means of performing art practices, Chôros addresses societal issues that common to partners’ cities.
Partners aim at creating the ground for a cross-sectoral and trans-regional approach to foster cultural exchanges between cities, in a view to reduce territorial imbalance in cultural participation and encourage cities’ integration
The simplest physical action – even as simple as walking – can convey an eloquent message among people when spoken language is not available for communication – and that is the approach that Chôros has used to build new connections among people.
Simple theatre techniques provided a starting point for creating links among people from marginalised groups and the communities they live amongst. Chôros drew on a wealth of traditions and popular cultural practices to generate performances that touched on sensitive questions confronted by youth, migrants and refugees, such as inclusion, participation, migration, and co-operation.
A first phase of Chôros was implement between Jully 2016 and September 2017. A second one is in preparation to consolidate the process and prototype its format.