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Between Gestures, a Festival that connects Chicago & Midwest to the European scene in dance and performance

Chicago, July 10, 2019 - Between October 24 and October 31 2019, the Cultural Service of the Consulate of France in Chicago and the Goethe-Institut Chicago come together to celebrate and explore dance and performance in Europe, its context and its history, in partnership with multiple Chicago venues and organizations. Two European cultural institutions, the Centre national de la Danse in Pantin, France, and PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany, will join to create a multifaceted program with performances, workshops, conversations, screenings and a party!

By bringing internationally renowned and groundbreaking artists and experts to Chicago we aim to connect Chicago and the Midwest to the European Scene in contemporary performance and dance

Between Gestures has been made possible thanks to the support of the German-French Cultural Fund. The aim of the fund is to promote Franco-German cooperation abroad by supporting cultural and artistic projects carried out jointly by the diplomatic missions and cultural institutes of both countries in close cooperation with local actors.

This program is also supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Goethe Institut, Face in Chicago and the Friends of Goethe Chicago.

Our Partners in Chicago who will host Between Gestures are the Dance Center of Columbia College, the MCA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stoney Island Arts Bank, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Poetry Foundation.

We have additional support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Northwestern University.

Guests who will be presented during Between Gestures are Noé Soulier (France), Paul/a Pi (France/Brazil), Trajal Harrell (USA), Ola Maciejewska (Poland/France), Alexandra Bachzetsis (Greece/Switzerland), Dorothée Munyaneza (France/Rwanda), Elisabeth Lebovici (France) and Franz Anton Cramer (Germany).

The full program will be announced end of August 2019 @www.betweengestures.com

As a first step within the exchange program, the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago were delighted to announce four Artistic Scholarship winners as part of Between Gestures. Congratulations to the artists who will attend an immersion and training program in Europe this summer: Dasan Mitchell (Impulstanz, Vienna), Darling Shear (Impulstanz, Vienna), Indya Childs (Camping, C ND Paris), Kaya Levestrand (Camping, C ND Paris).

We are looking forward to hearing back from them during our festival!

Thanks to a wonderful jury, composed of Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Peter Taub and Joshua Ishmon, the artists were selected.

We are looking forward to getting in touch with all the supporters and fans of contemporary dance and performance art in Chicago. See you in October!

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CONTACT
Tanguy Accart, Cultural Service at the Consulate of France, chicagofrenchculture@gmail.com, +1.312.327.5235
Pettra Roggel, Goethe-Institut Chicago,