The Culture & Diversity Foundation and COAL are launching a Prize for Ecology specifically dedicated to students of schools in the artistic and cultural field. This prize aims to accompany and support students in the cultural and artistic sector who imagine, experiment and propose concrete and creative solutions to contribute to the ecological transition. The Foundation Culture & Diversité and COAL wish to encourage the participation of young people and to promote the answers brought by young artists to the current ecological problems.

In a desire to link the theme of life to the territories, the COAL – Culture & Diversity 2020 Student Prize is associated with the Natural Reserves of France through a residency program.

“In a rapidly changing environment, the creativity and commitment of young artists bring new proposals and new narratives to the ecological transition. The Fondation Culture & Diversité is pleased to support this dynamic, which is more than ever at the heart of contemporary concerns”, Éléonore de Lacharrière, General Delegate, Fondation Culture & Diversité.

L’envers d’un monde, a winning project by Erwan Tarlet, Maria Jesus Penjean Puig, Marin Garnier and Guiseppe Germini, students at the Centre national des arts du cirque.

Erwan Tarlet, Maria-Jesus Penjean Puig, Marin Garnier, Tia Balacey and Giuseppe Germini, 2020

L’envers d’un monde (The other side of a world ) puts into play and into movement, through a circus performance implanted in the heart of a natural space, the excess and the realism of our world, in this interstice between human freedom and that of the Earth. With this show, circus art takes up the issues of consumption and mass production, which destroy ecosystems, to overturn the strongest symbols and question it in all its aspects, material, relational, physical and emotional.

Mixing in turn, acro-dance, tight wire, manipulation of objects, maxillary suspension, this group of five international circus artists gives to see and to retranscribe a dizzying and acrobatic danger, far from the rectilinear ways of morality. The setting is that of a human zoo, located in a dystopian future but never far from the reality in which we live. By inscribing itself in a defined natural space, and by creating a contrast with it, L’envers d’un monde invites the public to approach this space from a new angle.

Around this performance, cultural actions of environmental awareness will be proposed over several days with the local population. An immersive walk, like a collective expedition, will open the journey bringing the spectators to the place of the show. This one becomes then the junction of the living: an intergenerational public, accomplice of a singular artistic form, registered in a natural space. The contrast between fiction and reality, dreams and nightmares, laughter and despair, are tools to talk about today’s world, stemming from the circus whose very essence is to be a living art, an art of reality.


Erwan Tarlet, Maria-Jesus Penjean Puig, Marin Garnier, Tia Balacey, Giuseppe Germini (National Centre for Circus Arts), The reverse side of a world
Maude Bayle (École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy), Renouée
Alix Lalucaa, Lisa Faure (École supérieure d’art et de design de Reims), Cairn Project
Thomas Cany, Clara Hubert (Ecole supérieure d’art dramatique du Théâtre National de Strasbourg), Moi Vivant.e


Among the members of the jury of this first edition of the COAL Student Prize – Culture & Diversity, we find the eight members of the jury of the COAL 2020 Prize, Christophe Aubel, Julie Chénot, Jean-Max Colard, Felizitas Diering, Christine Germain, Fabrice Hyber, Olivier Lerude, Charlotte Meunier as well as Lauranne GermondDirector of COAL, and Said Berkane, Deputy General Delegate of the Culture & Diversity Foundation.


The Culture & Diversity Foundation grants the winner a 2-month residency in a French Nature Reserve, along with a 5,000 euro production grant. Within the framework of the residency, the Fondation Culture & Diversité covers accommodation, per diem and transportation.


The COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize is supported by the Culture & Diversity Foundation and the COAL association.

The Culture & Diversity Foundation, a Fimalac corporate foundation created by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, aims to promote access to the arts and culture for young people from modest backgrounds. Since its launch in 2006, it has been designing and implementing sustainable programs directly in the field with its cultural, educational and social partners. More than 35,000 young people have already benefited from its actions.


The association Réserves naturelles de France (RNF) leads a national network of more than 700 nature protection professionals working daily in the territories where nearly 350 nature reserves exist. Their actions are based on three missions: the knowledge of the natural biological and geological heritage, its management and protection, the sensitization and the discovery by the citizens of these spaces of nature, life, meetings and creation. As an ambassador for nature reserves, RNF is the voice of nature, actively mobilizing all of society’s stakeholders, particularly in the field of culture.


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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


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