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Since its foundation in 1999, the mission of Académie Desprez consists of contributing to the range of influence of Drottningholms Slottsteater and its collections. By taking the theatre life and practice at Drottningholms Slottsteater as an intellectual programme, Académie Desprez aims at developing an innovative approach to the stage arts by leading works in research and practice.

Further reading upon the Académie Desprez

Drottningholms Slottsteater is a rare place and unique of its kind in the world. This masterwork of Swedish architecture has remained intact since the XVIIIth century. Registered by the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the Theatre, the Palace and the surrounding area were recognized as being of international cultural heritage significance. Drottningholms Slottsteater provides direct access to ancient arts and skills that, otherwise, could only be read about. This experience is the start of Académie Desprez’s perception of the Age of Enlightenment.

Further reading upon Drottningholms Slottsteater

Académie Desprez called itself by adopting Louis-Jean Desprez's name, a French XVIIIth century architect and painter, summoned in Stockholm by the king Gustave III. Beside numerous architectural realisations in Sweden, he designed Drottningholms Slottsteater's foyer as well as many theatre sets and costumes. By taking Desprez's career and comprehensive works as a reference, Académie Desprez defines itself as a meeting and exchange media for artists and amateurs, historians and practitioners.

Further reading upon Louis-Jean Desprez

Académie Desprez's working programmes are focused on æsthetics of the Age of Enlightenment. Research programmes are inspired by Drottningholm, Gustave III and Desprez. Grants are attributed to establish new relationships between theory and practice. Next to the activity of research, experimentation develops an understanding of creative processes. The knowledge of arts in the XVIIIth century becomes comprehensive through the concrete experience of reconstruction.

 Further reading upon the applications (Practice)

Gilbert Blin,
Fondateur de l'Académie Desprez



Rémy-Michel Trotier Meriem Bahri Elisabeth Trubert
Président Secrétaire Trésorier




Giacomo Badoaro
Claudio Monteverdi
Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Stage director and sets designer
Gilbert Blin

Boston Early Music Festival 2015

Boston University Theatre
Boston (MA), États-Unis
7-12 June 2015

More information on
B.E.M.F's website