Quatre anciens étudiants MBA de l'IESA arts&culture se sont lancés dans la production théâtrale en créant LARP.Paris. Ils proposent une expérience théâtrale immersive unique. Après une première session réussie de représentations toutes complètes en juin dernier, ils renouvellent l'expérience cet automne au Théâtre des Enfants Terribles.
Which Program did you study at the IESA arts&culture ?
Our project team consisted of four people, half of them were studying on MPAE program, the other one half of MACAM. After our graduation, the project is being continued by two MPAE students - Sasha Ovechkin and Lisa Kelesidou.
Did LARP.Paris was created within the context of your studies at the IESA arts&culture ?
As per MPAE program guidelines, our team for Titre 1 project was selected by teachers, however, we were gathered by sharing the same interest in theatre and new forms of art experiences.Through our study we had a brilliant opportunity to see and discuss references in performing arts world that finally emerged into our Titre 1 project. After quite successful premier, we see a lot of potential in this format and we are planning to continue it.
Did you get some support from the school ?
It goes without saying that IESA played an important role in bringing our ideas to this level of execution. We have had a continuous coaching and assistance from our teachers - Fabrice Bonniot and Anne-Sophie Lombard, as well as IESA staff, especially Cynthia Cervantes and Maud Prangey, who supported us in networking and communication.
How was this experience ?
The FAILURE experience was three 2-hours performances that were held in 2 days. All our shows were sold out, so sixty people took part in it. It can be defined as a theatrical experience in which the audience is playing an active part, creating the play in real time. As soon as this is quite a new type of experience, a lot of people took part in an event like this for the first time, however, the feedback was very positive.
Could you explain such a success ?
We believe that the success of our project is connected to the latest trend in performing arts where audience engagement is driven by participatory and collabotaive co-creation. On top, we used a lot of insights from our previous jobs in corporate business, especially in team building, which helped us a lot in building something unique and close to what we want to do in future.
What are your projects now ?
LARP.Paris team consisted of Lisa Kelesidou and Sasha Ovechkin, is staying in Paris and continuing working on FAILURE show that will be presented at Theatre Les Enfants Terrible on November 30 and December 1. At the same time we are considering several options to get residences at cultural institutions in Europe in order to continue developing our approach to theatre experiences. The last, but not least, we are planning to leverage our explorations of the topic FAILURE in organizing corporate seminars and trainings based on our techniques.