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2019 FACE Contemporary Theater Grantees

Compagnie Ilotopie - Water Fools

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with FACE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 grantees of FACE Contemporary Theater

This year, 14 institutions will receive grants for a total amount of $133,000. 

The program encourages projects that push aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and artistic diversity seen in theater today. It has expanded beyond artists based in France and the United States to include projects by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, provided that their work is co-produced by French cultural institutions. In this age of global mobility, the goal is to support artists with multifaceted backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a multiplicity of voices and foster a more varied intercultural dialogue.This year, particular attention was given to performing arts in public spaces. During summer, Water Fools by Compagnie Ilotopie will be presented on Lake Eola, part of The Open Scene Festival in Orlando, FL, and the giant balloons of the company Les Plasticiens Volants will fly at ArtPark, Lewinston, NY.  In September and October, Philippe Quesne returns to New York with The Night of the Moles (Welcome to Caveland) at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, a production that includes a parade through Washington Square Park. Later in October,a partnership with La Jolla Playhouse will include a site-specific creation from France.

Text-based theater is also well represented this year with, later in 2019, a spotlight on Carribean playwrights with the project Caribbean Theatrical Actions (ACT), a collaboration between CUNY Martin E Segal Theater, Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe, and Stephanie Berard, for which six playwrights will have their work staged in English by American directors. 

Among the other winners are theater artist Eva Doumbia's Autophagies, a project that explores the interrelation of food and history in collaboration with Tulane University, New Orleans. Fabrice Melquiot's play Pollock, directed by Paul Desveaux and featuring actors Jim Fletcher and Michelle Stern, will be performed at Performance Spaces for the 21st Century (PS21) in Chatham, NY, in early October, while the 8th edition of the Seuls en Scène festival at Princeton U. will debut several artists never seen in the United States: Aurélie Charon & Caroline Gillet for Radio Live and Julien Gosselin for Le Marteau et la Faucille. Also in fall 2019, the theater adaptation of History of Violence, written by Edouard Louis and directed by Thomas Ostermeier, will be at St.Ann's Warehouse, New York. And finally, the play Dough, written and directed by David Lescot, will be presented with an American cast at the New Ohio Theater, New York in April 2020.

In 2020, The New Victory Theater, which is known for its programming for young audiences and family, will present 5e Hurlants, Raphaëlle Boitel’s homage to the circus arts, as well as the manipulated clay theater company Le Vent des Forges with nao, nao.

French-American collaborations will be presented in France with the first production of La Breche (The McAlpine Spillway) written by Naomi Wallace and directed by Tommy Milliot at the 2019 Avignon Festival and Silence and Fear by David Geselson of Compagnie Lieux-Dits, at Théâtre de Lorient in January 2020. Camargo Foundation, in its program The Cultural Diaspora, will bring four playwrights from Africa to the United States this year.

 Click here for more information about FACE Contemporary Theater Grantees 2019.


FACE Contemporary Theater is a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and other private donors.

 

 

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