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Villa Albertine reveals fall programming for Albertine Dance Season: US debuts, artist talks, and a symposium on global exchange in dance

Ashley Chen 'Unisson' ©Ory Meuel Minie Mejias

By Villa Albertine

The nationwide exploration of dance from inception to performance spotlights French, France-based, African, and Caribbean choreographers and companies for a year of international exchange, including tours by 18 international companies in 13 US cities.

New York, July 27 2023 — Villa Albertine today revealed the fall programming for its year-long Dance Season, a 360-degree program that caters to each stage of the artistic process from the conception of new work to performance to continuing professional development and learning in the industry.   

A Franco-American dance exchange of unprecedented scale, Albertine Dance Season creates opportunities for the most acclaimed and exciting France and Caribbean-based choreographers and companies to explore new ideas and push boundaries in the United States. This is facilitated by three types of programming: Company tours; talks and collective learning opportunities; and research residencies across the US for international choreographers.  

From September through December the Season will support performances by 18 companies across 13 US cities. One third of these companies will be making their US debut. Two companies—(LA)HORDE with Ballet National de Marseille, and Rachid Ouramdane—will take part in the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, in association with Villa Albertine. 

In addition to artist residencies and expert talks across the country, each of which will dive deep into specific questions in contemporary dance, Villa Albertine will also host a professional symposium on October 26 and 27 at its New York City headquarters. This convening of global artists and professionals will focus on the future of dance as an industry and art form in the face of climate and funding crises, social inequality, and cultural upheaval, with an emphasis on collaborative solutions.  

Albertine Dance Season is made possible thanks to the generous support of Ardian. 


Coming this fall 


Collectif Nafass – Nidal Abdo“Habitus” explores movement and bodies in exile across new territories within a site-specific visual environment. 


Compagnie Käfig – Mourad Merzouki – “PIXEL” with Adrien M & Claire B blends modern dance, acrobatics, and digital arts immersing dancers into an interactive environment of 3D landscapes. 


Thierry Thieû Niang – “One” is inspired by the artwork of visual artist Camille de Galbert.  


Leïla Ka – “Bouffées”, “Pode Ser”, “You’re the one we love” comprise of a collective work of three segments with connecting themes of self-discovery.  

*US debut* 


Wanjiru Kamuyu“An Immigrant’s story“ & “A disguised welcome…”  offer a critical look at the notions of center and periphery and the experience of displacement.  

*US debut* 


Smaïl Kanouté  – “Never Twenty One” infuses a variety of styles, from krump to wave, to convey the stories of victims of gun violence from New York to the favelas of Rio and the townships of Soweto.  

*US debut* 

  • New York, NY: September 27 @FIAF 
  • Chatham, NY: September 30 @ PS21 
  • Holyoke, MA: October 2-3 @ MIFA Victory Theatre 
  • Durham, NC: October 5 @ Duke University  


Calixto Neto – “O Samba do Crioulo Doido” deconstructs representations of the black body in Brazilian culture and associations to eroticism and exoticism.  

*US debut* 

  • New York, NY: October 13, 6:30 – 9pm @ New York University – Jack Crystal Theater at Tisch School of the Arts 


Gisele Vienne with Adèle Haenel & Julie Shanahan – “L’Étang” is a family drama adapted from a story by Swiss writer Robert Walser examining different layers of perceptions of reality and time.  

  • Chatham, NY: October 13, 7:30 pm, October 14 at 6 pm @ PS21 


Nacera Belaza – “L’Onde” examines the body’s capacity for transformation through the repeated movements of five principal dancers and Algerian ritualistic dances.  


Emmanuelle Huynh & Jocelyn Cottencin / Plateforme Múa – “Lands, Portrait of the City of Houston” is an exploration of the diverse communities of the city of Houston through a collection of stories commissioned by DiverseWorks. 


Dorothée Munyaneza – “Mailles” is a choral work celebrating the resilience of Afro-descendant women from around the world.  

  • Los Angeles, CA: November 2, 3, & 4 @ REDCAT  


Dimitri Chamblas & Kim Gordon – “Takemehome” is a visual and auditory experience featuring dance performances, electric guitars, and amplifiers.  

  • Minneapolis, MN: November 2 @ Grain Belt x Liquid Music 
  • Tijuana, Mexique: November 5 @ Cine Bujazán 
  • Los Angeles, CA: November 8 & 9 at 8:30 pm @ REDCAT 
  • San Francisco, CA: November 11 at 8:00 pm @ Fort Mason Center 


Ashley Chen – Compagnie Kashyl – “Unisson,” “Rush,”  “Distances,” and “Tumble” offer meaningful reflections on the vices of contemporary urban life and a resolution to urban chaos. The program will feature Compagnie Kashyl’s recent film “Outside Flow”  

  • New York, NY: November 30 – December 10 (Thursdays – Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm) @ La Mama 


October 19 – December 14 | Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival 
Albertine Dance Season supports the presentation of two shows taking part in the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, curated by Serge Laurent. Programming includes: 

  • Ballet de l’Opera de LyonLucinda Childs – “Dance” is an iconic post-modern minimalistic ballet for 17 dancers, restaged by Lyon Opera Ballet. It unites movement, video, and music into a breathtaking meditation on time, space, and perception itself. October 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm, October 21 at 3pm @ New York City Center 
  • (LA HORDE) – Ballet national de Marseille – “Room With A View” explores forms of protest and rebellion through dance while set to the electronic beats of French music producer Rone. *US debut* October 20 – 21 at 7:30 pm @ NYU Skirball Center  
  • Gisele Vienne with Adèle Haenel & Julie Shanahan – “L’Étang” is a family drama adapted from a story by Swiss writer Robert Walser examining different layers of perceptions of reality and time. Oct 21 – 23 at 7:30 pm @ New York Live Arts 
  • Repertory Works by Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja, & (LA)HORDE will feature a compilation of works reflecting the choreographers’ distinct styles. October 25 – 26 at 7:30 pm @ NYU Skirball Center 
  • Dorothée Munyaneza – “Mailles” is a choral work celebrating the resilience of Afro-descendant women from around the world. October 26 – 27 at 7:30 pm @ New York Live Arts  
  • Rachid Ouramdane, Compagnie XY, Nathan Paulin – “Corps extrêmes” explores the inclination to be removed from ordinary human experiences through the lens of two central characters – a highliner and a climber. October 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm, October 29 at 3:00 pm @ BAM 
  • Boris Charmatz – “SOMNOLE” explores the realm between wakefulness and sleep through a series of deliberate movements and sounds to replicate the state of somnolence. October 28 at 7:30 pm & October 29 at 3:00 pm @ NYU Skirball Center 
  • Ola Maciejewska – “Bombyx Mori” draws on Loïe Fuller’s “Sepentine Dances” and interweaves dance, archives, and performances to embody the hybrid nature of things. *US debut* November 2 – 3 at 7:30 pm @ FIAF  
  • Dimitri Chamblas & Kim Gordon – “Takemehome” is a visual and auditory experience featuring dance performances, electric guitars, and amplifiers. November 17-18 at 7:30 pm @ NYU Skirball Center 
  • The Rite of Spring / Common ground[s] is a historic exchange between Africa and Europe. Pina Bausch’s Rite – recreated with dancers from all over Africa – along with a duet between Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo. Nov 29 – Dec 14 @ Park Avenue Armory 
  • “Dancing with Glass – The Piano Etudes” is a series of five choreographic sequences set to selections from Phillip Glass’ signature work presented by guest performers, musicians, and innovators including Maki Namekawa, Lucinda Childs, Chanon Judson, Justin Peck, Leonardo Sandoval, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Or Schraiber. November 28 – December 10 @ The Joyce Theater  

Dorothée Munyanezi "Mailles" (c) Leslie Artamon

Talks & Symposium 

Dance Assembly: A Conversation Series exploring international collaboration, transmission, equity, agency, and more in the art and industry of dance. Fall lineup includes:  

  • A performance, film screening, and discussion around “O Samba do Crioulo Doido” will explore themes of queerness, blackness, and afterlives in this dance originally conceived and performed by Brazilian artist Luiz de Abreu and later passed on to Calixto Neto. 
    • New York, NY: October 13, 6:30-9:00 pm @ New York University Tisch School of the Arts 
  • A film screening and discussion will accompany Nacera Belaza’s performance of “L’onde,” a work touching upon memory and Algerian archives of traditional, ritualistic dance.  
  • An homage to Monique Wittig: staged reading by Adèle Haenel and talk with Gisèle Vienne  
    • New York, NY: October 18 @ Villa Albertine Headquarters  
  • Choreographers Marlene Myrtil (Martinique) and Myriam Soulanges (Guadeloupe) will be in discussion with New York-based artists and thinkers around questions of ecological justice and afro-futurism in Caribbean dance.
    • New York, NY: December 5 | Time & Location TBA 

Symposium – Making and Supporting Dance between France and the United States  

New York, NY: October 26-27 @ Villa Albertine headquarters 

How do we sustain a practice of global exchange in dance at a time of climate and funding crisis, a time marked by social inequities and cultural upheavals? Drawing on a rich tradition of choreographic collaboration, the symposium will gather dance artists, curators, scholars, and sponsors working on both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the models that can best guide future partnerships. The symposium is organized by Noémie Solomon with the Albertine Dance Season’s Advisory Committee and Villa Albertine. 

Talk at Villa Albertine featuring Candace Thompson-Zachery, nora chipaumire, Nelisiwe Xaba, and Jay Pather

Artists in Residence 

In August Collective Nafass will conduct a creative residency at Chez Bushwick, and in September and October choreographer Wanjiru Kamuyu will continue her exploration of the body as a site of liberation and “healing justice” in New York and Boston.  

In October and November choreographer Noé Soulier meet with dancers from the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York to create a collaborative performance incorporating his methods and the company’s legacy of conceiving new perspectives on body and movement. Upstate New York, Anne Collod will develop her work “Sourcières” researching contemporary dance figures such as Simone Forti and Lisa Nelson as well as the feminist issues of their time. Also in New York in November and December, choreographers Marlene Myrtil and Myriam Soulanges will develop their new work “Tropique du Képone” inspired by the issues and questions facing France’s overseas territories. 


All projects supported by the Albertine Dance Season were selected for the quality of their engagement with the American cultural landscape and the great questions of our time.  


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Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Profoundly attached to the world of dance since its origins, the High Jewelry Maison strengthens its commitment with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Guided by the values of creation, transmission and education, this initiative aims to support artists and institutions in presenting choreographic heritage, while also promoting new productions.

Since its launch in 2020, it has promoted numerous dance companies for their creations as well as the presentation of multiple performances around the world.

The program is complemented each year by major events, including the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, whose first edition took place in London in March 2022.

This support further extends to awareness-raising actions focused on dance culture for the broadest possible audience, professionals and amateurs alike.


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