Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation are pleased to announce the grantees for the 2021 application cycle of the FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance) program. These programs support artistic collaborations in dance between the United States and France, and the chosen projects represent the highest caliber of performing arts from their respective countries.
French artists in the United States
Seven US institutions will receive grants for projects involving French dance artists in the United States.
- The Divine Cipher – Ana Pi
Cisneros Institute & MoMa, New York
Residency of Brazil-born choreographer and performer Ana Pi to develop her new project, The Divine Cipher. From a precise setting—Haiti—Pi’s new work will connect trans-disciplinary and Black diaspora art. The FUSED grant complements a prestigious fellowship from the Cisneros Institute and MoMa that she received in 2019-2020.
- Our First Time – Thierry Thieû Niang
The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn
Residency of French choreographer and director Thierry Thieû Niang to develop the interactive piece Our First Time with participants from the LGBTQIA+ community in Summer 2022 at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY.
HABITUS © Ahmad Muaddamani
- Habitus – Nidal Abdo with the Nafass Collective
Chez Bushwick, New York
Residency of performer and choreographer Nidal Abdo with the Nafass Collective for a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 residency to develop Habitus at Chez Bushwick, New York, NY. The work explores the relationship of the body dancing in different regions of the world (France, the Middle East, and the United States), adjoining and conjoining cultures and questioning the concept of bodies in exile.
- Lufuki: The Origins of Funk – Ensemble Ambiance Facil
Fua Di Congo, Oakland
Residency of the Afro-French hip-hop ensemble Ambiance Facil at Fua Di Congo, Oakland, CA, for the US debut of its project Lufuki: The Origins of Funk.
- LOVETRAIN2020 – Emanuel Gat
American Dance Festival, Durham
American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, will present Emanuel Gat Dance’s LOVETRAIN2020 at the 2022 festival season in July.
- Näss – Fouad Boussouf-Compagnie Massala
Choregus Productions, Tulsa
Choregus Productions, Tulsa, OK, will present Fouad Boussouf-Compagnie Massala’s Näss as part of the company’s 2022 US tour.
Fouad Boussouf-Compagnie Massala’s Näss © Charlotte Audureau
- Anopas – Art Move Concept
City Parks Foundation, New York
City Parks Foundation, New York, will present the US premiere of Anopas by hip hop company Art Move Concept at SummerStage in August 2022.
American artists in France
- Threads Dance Project, Minneapolis, MN
Hamdi Dridi and Salia Sanou
Dance collaboration with dance artists
Threads Dance Project will partner with dance artist Hamdi Dridi (France) in 2022 for the creation of Unattainable Object of Desire at Le Louvre Museum, and with Montpellier Dance Festival for the presentation of Be Still Standing, a work that was created by Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso) for Threads Dance in 2018.
© Bill Cameron
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.
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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