DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance & Ideas

May 1-18, 2014
DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance & Ideas

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce DANSE, a multifaceted initiative centered on contemporary dance. Presented in partnership with fourteen leading New York City arts organizations, DANSE includes: a three-week festival, a series of public talks and two publications.

DANSE grew from a rich and long-running exchange between choreographers, dancers, and presenters in France and the United States, with the goal of giving contemporary dance a more prominent voice and expanding its visibility within a wider public discourse. Through live performance, editorial material and dialogue, DANSE provides a platform for exploring the important role of dance in contemporary cultural practice, and for examining the ways in which dance engages with and informs our understanding of the world.

  • Three-week festival

  • DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas will feature U.S. premieres by Cédric Andrieux and Christophe Ives, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, the late Alain Buffard, Ashley Chen, Emmanuelle Huynh, Latifa Laâbissi, Maud Le Pladec (NY premiere), Lyon Opera Ballet, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Thierry Thieû Niang, Pierre Rigal, Christian Rizzo, Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer (Affari Esteri), Claudia Triozzi, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan), and David Wampach

  • A series of public talks

  • A series of public talks will run through the festival providing further opportunity to examine, question, and debate the various aspects of the role of dance.

    The performances and public talks will be presented by DANSE’s partner organizations: Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Center for Performance Research (CPR), Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Joyce Theater, Julie Meneret Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, La MaMa, MoMA PS1, and New York Live Arts.

  • Two Publications

  • In response to the increasing demand for critical analysis in the dance world, the French Cultural Services and les presses du réel are producing two publications that offer many perspectives on where contemporary dance stands on an international scale today. 

    DANSE: An Anthology is a selection of twenty-five key writings on choreography since 2000 across the French, U.S., and international dance scenes. It traces how contemporary dance has evolved to become a site for exploring vital questions about the body, identity, knowledge, and globalization. This wide-ranging collection maps numerous exchanges between dance cultures and critical thought. The anthology is edited by Noémie Solomon, and includes essays by Albrecht Knust, Jonathan Burrows, Boris Charmatz, Jenn Joy, Ralph Lemon, André Lepecki, Laurence Louppe, and Marten Spangberg, among others. Many of the texts have been translated into English for the first time. (Published Jan. 2014, Les Presses du réel, New York Series)

    DANSE: A Catalogue will examine key issues raised over the course of the DANSE festival to investigate the challenges of contemporary dance today and offer perspectives on positions it could develop in the future. It will include commissions of new texts from artists and experts from France and the U.S. (Published Sept. 2014, les presses du réel, coll. New York Series)


  • Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh
    April 28—May 10

  • Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh will be in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in partnership with LMCC's Extended-Life Dance Development Initiative. She will develop TOMBOUCTOU—DÉJÀ VU, a companion piece to her recent work INSIGHT, which was inspired by still life painting and focused on bodies, voices, and music and their relationships to space. TOMBOUCTOU—DÉJÀ VU will take a different approach, exploring the use of a narrative as means to provide a dramaturgic thread.

    Ballet trained at the Conservatory in Tours, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh joined the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York in 1987. Upon her return to France she danced for François Raffinot from 1991 until 1996. Since 1997 she has been creating her own work and in 2012, Emmanuelle became the director of Le Phare Centre Choréographique National du Havre Haute-Normandie.

Calendar of Events

The project DANSE is dedicated to the late dancer and choreographer Alain Buffard (1960-2013).

DANSE is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in collaboration with the New York presenters, Institut Français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and with the support of  FUSED, a program of NEFA’s National Dance Project and FACE in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.,  Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (S.A.C.D.), Ville de Rennes/Rennes Métropole, Ville de Lille, Ville de Paris, Ville de Toulouse, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Région Poitou-Charentes, Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne, and Les presses du réel.

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