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The French-us Exchange In Dance 2013 Grantees

The French-US Exchange in Dance (FUSED), a program of FACE in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project (NEFA/NDP), announces the 2013 grant recipients. FUSED grants support the exchange of U.S. and French artists taking part in residencies and/or presentations in the partner country. This year 11 American institutions have been supported in presenting the work of French artists, and four French institutions will present the work of American artists in France.

Special attention has been given to the work of choreographer's that has not yet been seen in the partner country, as well as to those who are an established and important part of the transatlantic dialogue.

FUSED 2013 has supported a number of projects that will be part of the French-American Dance Festival in development for May 2014 in New York. These projects are: Latifa Laâbissi at Chez Bushwick/Center for Performance Research; Maud Le Pladec at New York Live Arts; Claudia Triozzi at Abrons Arts Center; Emmanuelle Huynh at Danspace Project. 


Nacera Belaza's triptych "Le Trait", an exploration of the relationship between particular forms of Algerian traditional dance and holy rituals, which premiered at the 2012 Festival d'Avignon, will be presented at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), as part of Time-Based Art Festival 2013.  

FIAF (French Institute Alliance Français) in New York will present "La Bibliothèque" by Fanny de Chaillé, a choreographer and performance artist whose work explores the choreography of social interactions. "La Bibliothèque" will take the form of a "living library", where the "books" are personified by a select group of individuals, with whom the audience may have a direct encounter. This work will be presented as part of FIAF's Crossing the Line festival 2013.

Noé Soulier will be a part of Performa Biennial with his solo "Ideography", a performance that explores the relationship between movements and ideas in the lineage of artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Robert Morris, Jérôme Bel, and Xavier Le Roy.

Miriam Gourfink's "Marine", which was presented at Center for Performance Research during the French Highlights platform in January 2012, will be performed at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Gourfink's work is notable for its concentration on breath and staggeringly slow millimeter by millimeter movement. "Marine" is accompanied by a subsonic musical score. Gourfink's "Corbeau" with the Paris Opera Ballet dancer Gwenaëlle Vauthier, "Marine" and "Breathing Monster" will also be shown at FLA-FRA, a month-long festival of new works from France held in Miami, Florida.

Alain Buffard's "Baron Samedi" will be at On The Boards festival in Seattle. "Baron Samedi" is a choreographic opera that combines an exploration of the Carnival figure of Baron Samedi with Kurt Weill songs. The cast includes the U.S. based dancers Will Rawls and David Thomson. This work will be touring the U.S. in May 2014.

Latifa Laâbissi, a French-Moroccan choreographer, will present "Self Portrait Camouflage" at Center for Performance Research in New York, giving U.S. audiences access to her work for the first time. "Self Portrait Camouflage" is a provocative and personal exploration of post-imperialism and the immigrant experience through a choreography that assumes and then discards a series of roles and identities. The piece was first performed in 2006 at the Centre Pompidou. This work will be part of the French-American Dance Festival in development for May 2014 in New York.

Emmanuelle Huynh, who was the director of Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers until December 2012, and whose work has been presented only once in New York, will present a new work "Spiel" at Danspace Project in 2014. "Spiel" is a collaboration with Akira Kasai, a butoh dancer based in Japan who was the disciple of Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in the 60s. The choreography mines these two radically different movement cultures. This work will be part of the French-American Dance Festival in development for May 2014 in New York.

Abrons Arts Center, New York, will present "Boomerang" by Claudia Triozzi, a dancer and performance artist. In her works, Triozzi has given birth to various female characters. Using theatrical tools as well as her own body and voice, (specifically sounds created by the body and the voice), she explores a relationship to space, time, history, and collective memory. In "Boomerang", a spectacular reflection on the exercise of peformance, she will be collaborating with the American composer and multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe. This work will be part of the French-American Dance Festival in development for May 2014 in New York.

New York Live Arts will present a diptych of new works by Maud Le Pladec, "Ominous Funk & Dystopia" and "Democracy", the first two parts of a three-part series titled "To Bang on a Can". The work explores the relationship between sound and gesture using atonality and breaks in form, and is performed to the music of David Lang and Julia Wolfe, two founders of the music group "Bang on a Can". This work will be part of the French-American Dance Festival in development for May 2014 in New York.

“Du printemps” by Thierry Thieû Niang will be performed at the Vermont Performance Lab. The piece is a reworking of the opening of Stravinsky/Nijinsky's "Rite of Spring" involving 8-10 local senior citizens.  

In France, DD Dorvillier's work "Catalogue of steps", an ongoing experiment that investigates the way dance is archived and repeated, will be performed in Dijon, as part of the festival "Entre cour et jardins". 

Will Rawls and David Thomson - both cast members in "Baron Samedi" - will take part in a residency to develop the project “We lost the night” by Alain Buffard, a piece based on the life of Anita Berber, at the Théâtre de Nîmes.

Théâtre de Vanves will present a new work, “Relative Collider” by Liz Santoro.  

Vicky Shick, who has been involved in the New York dance scene since the 70s as a choreographer, performer and teacher, will be in residence at Centre national de danse contemporaine, Angers, to create a new dance work.

American Institutions Presenting French Artists in the U.S.

 Presenter: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, ORDate: September 17-23, 2013Project: “Le Trait” by Compagnie Nacera Belaza

Presenter: French Institute Alliance Française, New York, NYDate: October, 2013Project: “La Bibliothèque” by Fanny de Chaillé

Presenter: Performa, New York, NYDate: November 1-24, 2013Project: “Ideography” by Noé Soulier

Presenter: Tigertail Productions, Miami, FLDate: April 23-27, 2014Project: “FLA-FRA” by Myriam Gourfink / Loldanse

Presenter: On the Boards, Seattle, WADate: May 2014Project: “Baron Samedi” by Association PI:ES / Alain Buffard

Presenter: Chez Bushwick, New York, NYDate: May 9-11, 2014Project: “Self Portrait Camouflage” by Latifa Laâbissi

Presenter: Danspace Project, New York, NYDate: May 12-17, 2014Project: “Spiel” by Extrapole (Emmanuelle Huynh & Akira Kasai)

Presenter: Henry Street Settlement - Abrons Arts Center, New York, NYDate: May 6-8, 2014Project: “Boomerang” or “A return to the self” by Claudia Triozzi / Association DAM CESPI 

Presenter: San Francisco International Arts Festival, San Francisco, CADate: May 22-25, 2014Project: “Marine” by Myriam Gourfink / Loldanse

Presenter: New York Live Arts, Inc., New York, NYDate: May 2014Project: “Ominous Funk & Dystopia” by Maud Le Pladec

Presenter: Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford, VTDate: Spring 2014Project: “Du printemps” by Thierry Thieû Niang

French Institutions Presenting American Artists in France 

Presenter: Entre cour et jardins, DijonDate: November 2013Project: “Catalogue of steps” by DD Dorvillier

Presenter: Théâtre de Nîmes, NîmesDate: 2013 and 2014Project: Residency of Will Rawls and David Thomson at the Théâtre de Nîmes for the project “We lost the night” by Alain Buffard

Presenter: Théâtre de Vanves, VanvesDate: 2013 / 2014 seasonProject: “Relative Collider” by Liz Santoro

Presenter: Centre national de danse contemporaine, AngersDate: 2014Project: Residency of the American choreographer, Vicky Shick, to create a new dance work 

About the FUSED PartnersNEFA launched the National Dance Project in 1996 to encourage the creation of new dance work and the sharing of that work with audiences in communities. Since then, the program has distributed more than $24.4 million in grants and remains one of the few sources for dance funding in the U.S. NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector.  NEFA is a nonprofit that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals. www.nefa.org

FACE, an American 501(c)(3) operating foundation, is based in New York and works in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. Setting a new precedent in cultural relations, FACE pools private and public resources to support innovative dialogue and exchange in the fields of contemporary visual arts, performing arts, music, film, and secondary and higher education between the French-speaking world and the United States. As a catalyst for creativity and the promotion of what is new and excellent on both sides of the Atlantic, FACE strives to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between French and American civil societies.www.facecouncil.org

FUSED is a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.