Staging the “Career of a Navigator” with BAL
Published on 22 February 2021 at 11:50 - Modified the 7 February 2022 at 17:47
The company BAL Arts Légers worked with Collège FANB to host a workshop on writing about travel from 8 to 19 February.
As part of a series of cultural activities in schools organised by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport and the programme of Prince Albert I’s death centenary commemorations, in conjunction with the Albert I – 2022 Committee, the company BAL Arts Légers worked with Collège FANB to host a workshop on writing about travel from 8 to 19 February. Isabelle Klaric, Stéphane Comby, Elodie Tampon-Lajariette and Thierry Vincent (from BAL) led the theatrical event, which was held in strict compliance with health regulations.
Using a corpus of literary texts spanning a broad period (from Marco Polo to Nicolas Bouvier, not to mention Montaigne, Melville, Loti, Jack London and Prince Albert I), the students, who had been extraordinarily well prepared by their teachers, were serious and creative in their approach to exploring the topic.
The workshop culminated in a performance centred around a collection of texts by Alexandra David-Néel and Prince Albert I (The Career of a Navigator), which offered an opportunity to stage the various aspects of the voyage – domestic, literary, spiritual, pioneering, scientific – and the modes of travel, on foot and by sea.