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What speaking means

English Access Microscholarship Programme “Ce que parler veut dire” is a project to think and raise awarness about stereotypes in language, with the help of Pierre Bourdieu’s concept - habitus. To this end, we used different french translation of Mark Twain’s novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.

In Mark Twain’s novel, the narrator, Huckleberry Finn, use a different langage according to who he’s speaking to. With the help of the habitus concept, sociological concept about social determinism, we ask to the teenagers about past and present words that bring, in our language, the stereotypes of a society suffering from lack of openness.

By playing with different language levels and the way how the cultural and social environment can influence them, the writting and theatre workshops which come after the theatre play allow to call and make teenagers aware of word’s political meaning, in a non-stigmatizing framework through developpement of imagination and creativity. English Access Microscholarship Programme - Exhibition and meeting with the photographer Sandra Calligaro

Beneficiaries of the project:
The project is open to anyone, most participants are children and teenagers

Project promoter:
Compagnie Peanuts is working since its creation in 2007, to explore the mechanisms of violence and exclusion through theatrical plays and readings, and cultural projects.

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What people say

“Our method combines an artistic awakening to literature, writing, or theatre, and awareness of social and human relationship dynamics (violence, discrimination, memories, social codes and standards). It is a rich dynamic that can be transferrable to a large variety of places and target groups.”
Emilie Martinez, actor and director

“The diversity of our beneficiaries (from children to families, adolescents and elderly people) allows us to gather speeches that embrace the complexity of today’s reality and can fuel new creations to come. We aim at revealing experiences and impressions that are anchored in everyday life and can allow identification.”
Magdi Réjichi, actor and director