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2018 FUSED Grantees

Sur le Fil by Nacera Belaza © Claudia Pajewski

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with FACE Foundation, is pleased to announce the list of 2018 FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance) program grantees. 

For over 10 years, FUSED has fostered cultural exchange in the field of contemporary dance by supporting performances of French dancers and choreographers in the U.S. and American dancers and choreographers in France. Dancers and choreographers frequently present work in France or the U.S. for the first time thanks to this program. 

In 2018, 9 institutions will receive grants for a total amount of $106,500. The selection reflects the cultural and artistic diversity seen in dance today.

Special attention is given to French artists presented in major festivals, among them, the hip hop and break dance company Art Moves Concept (Soria Rem and Mehdi Ouachek) at the upcoming Jacob's Pillow Festival with special composition from their works Nibiru and Exit;  French-Algerian choreographer and performer Nacera Belaza in a major U.S. tour with three of her repertory work that will take her to Portland at PICA-Time Based Art Festival, to CAC New Orleans, part of New Orleans 300 anniversary, and to New York at Danspace Project, part of FIAF-Crossing the line festival from mid September to early October;  Boris Charmatz with 10,000 Gestures in which every single movement is unique and never repeated at NYU Skirball, also part of Crossing the Line Festival this fall;  and Compagnie Hervé Koubi at Spoleto Festival USA 2019 withThe Barbarian Nights.

New and original artistic collaborations between visual artists and performers are also part of the 2018 selection:  Theo Mercier and Steven Michel in Affordable Solution for Better Living presented by Invisible Dog Art Center this fall;  the set designer and visual artist Nadia Lauro and U.S. composer and multi-instrumentalist Zeena Parkins' new project Stychomythia featuring Volmir Cordeiro, Stephen Thompson and Latifa Laabissi at Gibney Dance, part of American Realness 2019;  performer and visual artist Paul Maheke and musician Niksi in residency for the development of a series of site-specific performances at Abrons Arts Center, New York, in Spring 2019.

In France, FUSED supports the Théâtre de Chaillot, Paris,  for the residency and presentation of The Keeper by Yaa Samar! Dance Theater in June,  and Actoral, Marseille for Maria Hassabi's performance Stage? to be presented part of the festival Actoral 2018.

Click here for more information about FUSED. 


FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance) is a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, Paris, French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

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