American Dance in France, Autumn 2015

Fall 2015
Festival d'Automne

This season will once again give rise to dynamic and vibrant exchanges in dance between France and the United States. Thanks to the French U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) program, part of the DANSE initiative, numerous American artists have been invited to work and perform in France this fall, including Trajal Harrell, Miguel Gutierrez, Faye Driscoll, Jonah Bokaer, and Wally Cardona.

FUSED grants support American and French artists whose works have never, or rarely, been shown in the partner country. Launched in 2004, FUSED fosters constructive dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry through residencies and tours. FUSED is the result of a partnership between NEFA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, in collaboration with the FACE Foundation

Several FUSED grantees will be presenting their work at the Festival D'Automne 2015 in Paris. On October 14 and 17, The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai, a piece by Trajal Harell will be shown at the Centre Pompidou. Miguel Gutierrez will perform Part 3 of his Age & Beauty from November 25 to 29 at the Centre Pompidou, Part 2 from December 1 to 4, and Part 1 from December 7 to 11, the latter two at the Centre National de la Danse. Faye Driscoll will present Thank You For Coming: Atendance at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers, December 3 to 6.


Wally Cardona with Jennifer Lacey are slated to perform one part of their dance series,The Set up: Proeung Chhieng, in Dijon on October 31 and November 1 during the festival Entre Cour et Jardins.

Jonah Bokaer will be presenting Other Myths as part of In Process, FIAC's off-site series, at the Mona Bismarck American Center on October 19. Bokaer will also be in residence at La Briqueterie. 

At the Centre National de la Danse the choreographer Eszter Salamon will show Monument 0.1 Valda and Gus, a collaboration with two American dancers, Valda Setterfield and Gus Solomon, from November 13 to 20.


As an added bonus to this wonderful season of dance, masters such as Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton and Lucinda Childs, all three members of the historic Judson Dance Theater movement that inspired generations of European choreographers, will be in Paris this fall.

Passer-bys in the Pantin neighborhood can enjoy Roof Piecean improvised choreographic dance experience by Trisha Brown, which will take place on October 3 and 4 on the rooftops of local buildings. Additionally, at the Theatre National de Chaillot, her dance company will present four of her pieces, Solo Olos, Son of Gone Fishin', Rogues, and PRESENT TENSE, November 4 through 13.

Lucinda Childs' essential piece, Available Light, will be playing at the Théâtre de la Ville, accompanied by John Adams' minimalist compositions.

Finally, Steve Paxton's mythical piece, Bound, rarely seen on French stages, will make its way to the Théâtre des Abbesses from October 22 to 27. A discussion with the dancer Jurik Konjar will accompany the performance.

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