When Adrienne Medjo and Carolina Cortes met 15 years ago as Performing Arts students at “l'Université Paris Ouest" in France, that was the birth of Ekin, the Turk term for “Culture”. They found their calling in using Arts for social interventions, therefore, following Jean Vilar’s example, they would make it their mission to use culture and Arts as their premise for education.
She has been teaching theatre for 10 years, with experience garnered in places such as France, Chile and Canada.
She began her journey as an actress at a very young age at her high school in Santiago, which is where she was audacious and ambitious enough to gain permission from the school principle to develop an actor’s workshop.
She has developed an ease in theatre with many types of audiences (children, teenagers, adults, the disabled, etc).
Carolina is also an avid painter. She has collaborations with short films, TV shows and the decoration of a Parisian restaurant by offering her art pieces.
She acts, writes and directs her plays. Recently, she pinned the tail on the donkey by studying “Dramatherapy”, a discipline that is fully in line with her professional objectives since it is always in her interest to allow the people to use and experiment art for their well-being. In other words, it is not the destination, but the journey that counts.
Specialist in African Literature, Adrienne graduated with a diploma in Ritual Theatre at “l'Université Paris Ouest” with acquired techniques from “Were Were Liking” and “Manu Na Njock” (therapeutic theatre). She has been a theatre instructor for almost 10 years with experience in France and Canada.
Some of her experience as a stage director comes from writing and directing « Palabre de femmes » and presenting it in France and Canada long with the help of the Ethny group. This play aided in creating awareness in regards to various issues women have. Furthermore, another play entitled « Moi, mon reflet dans le regard des autres », also written and directed by Adrienne, helped create awareness about social exclusion and the problems that arise with it.
In addition, she also is a skilled story-teller. She has written and acted in short stories for children and adults based on historical events to educate her audience on Africa, Canadian, Asian, European and Latin American cultures. Since 2010, she has been a part of the “Festival International de Littérature de Montreal Métropolis Bleu” in which she was presented as author and story-teller who wrote and presented works such as Izerka la reine Kemet (co-written by Carolina Cortes), Kamba la petite fille du Kasaï, Tchanda le guerrier bantou, Asaia: l’esprit Masai, Kongolo et les valeurs perdues.
Adrienne loves to initiate projects that seem out of the box in regards to social and psychological issues. This is how she develops her creativity all the while dedicating herself to working with various individuals, notably minorities for the noble purpose of sensitizing them to be more implicated in the contemporary society.
Professional dancer for over 15 years, Adrienne has past performances in France, Germany and Canada under her belt. Her specialty revolves around artistic creativity. She quickly found herself more adept as a choreographer rather than a dancer by creating choreographies for festivals and shows such as Sista Move (Rennes, France), Festival de la Villette (Paris, France), Djins (Le Gesu, Montreal, Canada) as well as Cabaret (Union Francaise de Montreal, Canada). Putting various issues in society under a theatrical light is the common factor in her works and what distinguishes her from her counter-parts.