FUSED: French US Exchange in dance

Performing Arts
Fouad Boussouf, Compagnie Masala

Charlotte Audureau

Created in 2004, FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance fosters dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry through cultural exchanges by supporting projects by choreographers and performers whose works had rarely or never been seen in the partner country.

Since 2017, FUSED has expanded to include projects by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, performing in the United States, as long as their work is co-produced by French cultural organizations. 

Project proposals are evaluated by an independent committee through an annual application call. Since its creation, FUSED has distributed more than $2 million dollars to 200 projects that reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary scenes. 

FUSED also supports curatorial trips for the American presenters and curators, at the discretion of the program committee and within the limit of the available budget. 

Learn more about the 2021 grantees

Contact: Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer, Performing Arts  


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Ministry of Culture

The French Ministry of Culture aims to make the major works of humanity— and especially those of France— accessible to the largest number of people possible. As such, it maintains a policy of conservation, of protection, and of development of all components of French cultural heritage. It promotes the creation of works of art and of the mind, and the development of art practices and education. It further contributes to cultural initiatives outside of France, and to initiatives relating to the establishment of French cultural programs throughout the world.


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Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine's main French partners.


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Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a global grant-making philanthropy that works to disrupt inequality in all its forms. Across eight decades, the Ford Foundation’s mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Ford Foundation works in 11 regional offices around the world and supports programs in more than 50 countries. Support from the Ford Foundation will enable Villa Albertine to welcome five residents from across the African continent each year and strengthen its professional programs in the visual and performing arts.


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