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Fused Awards Grants To Fund Cultural Exchange Through Dance

The French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) has awarded grants supporting international residencies and performances of contemporary dance work by eight French and U.S. artists for the 2012-2013 season.

Established in 2004, FUSED promotes reciprocal exchange of French and U.S. dance artists and presenters through network building and grantmaking. FUSED is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through its National Dance Project, by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, in partnership with French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation.

FUSED Grant Recipients 2012-2013:

Presenter: Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY French Artist: François Chaignaud & Cecila Bengolea, Poitiers, FRProject: Residency 2012

Presenter: One the Boards, Seattle, WA French Artist: Christian Rizzo, Paris, FRProject: Neo Fiction

Presenter: The Kitchen, New York, NY French Artist: François Chaignaud & Cecila Bengolea, PoitiersProject: Untitled

Presenter: Abrons Art Center - Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY French Artist: David Wampach, Paris, FRProject: Auto

Presenter: American Dance Festival, Durham, NC French Artist: La Maison / Nasser Martin-Gousset, ParisProject: Le Visiteur

Presenter: Miami Light Project, Miami, FL French Artist: Cie La Baraka / Abou Lagraa, LyonsProject: NYA (Trusting in Life)

Presenter: Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC), Angers US Artist: Trajal Harrell, New York, NYProject: Legendary with a Twist

Presenter: C.C.N. de Franche-Comté, Belfort US Artist: Kimberly Bartosik, Brooklyn, NYProject: You are my Heat and Glare

Presenter: Centre de développement chorégraphique (CDC) - Les Hivernales US Artist: Jonah Bokaer, Brooklyn, NY Project: The Ulysses Syndrome

About the Partners

FACE (www.facecouncil.org), an American 501©(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.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy provides a platform and resources for cultural exchange between French and American artists, intellectuals, curators and arts professionals. It is dedicated to creating new models for international dialogue in the arts and education from French and American perspectives. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities in the US, the Cultural Services’ principal fields of action are the arts, literature, cinema, French language programs and higher education.

The National Dance Project is a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (www.nefa.org). 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.