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Villa Albertine Announces Grantees Across Four Major Art Exchange Programs

Cie Galmae "C'est pas là, c'est par là" © Cie Galmae

By Villa Albertine

$472,300 awarded to 42 projects uniting French and international artists and American institutions through Étant donnés Contemporary Art; FACE Contemporary Theater; FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance; and Jazz & New Music.

New York, June 15, 2022 – Villa Albertine, in partnership with FACE Foundation, today revealed the artists and institutions selected for grants across four of its major professional programs. A total of $472,300 will be awarded to help artists based in France and beyond develop new work or present it in over 35 American cities in 2022 and 2023.

Each active in a different sphere of contemporary creation, these four programs —Étant donnés Contemporary Art, FACE Contemporary Theater, FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance, and Jazz & New Music—connect artists and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic with each other and with financial support, in order to strengthen international collaborations, empower up-and-coming artists, and increase access to international contemporary creation in the United States and France.

“This year’s grantees proposed projects that are both artistically innovative and substantively engaged in global issues. I am eager to see what comes of these exchanges, as creators from four different continents present their work not just in New York and Los Angeles but in Pittsburgh, Durham, Lafayette, Minneapolis, and two dozen other American cities,” said Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the US and Director of Villa Albertine. “Our deepest thanks to FACE Foundation, the Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and each of our partners for their collaboration and support.”

More details about each program and its grantees below. Learn more about Villa Albertine’s numerous professional support programs and opportunities at


Programs and Grantees

Étant donnés Contemporary Art: $119,500 allocated across eight projects

Étant donnés Contemporary Art fosters active collaboration and encourages long-lasting partnerships between French-based visual artists and collectives, and American curators and cultural institutions. Grants support the development and/or presentation of new work.


Selected projects:

William Klein

William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948-2013

Presented by International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Curator: David Campany

June 3 – September 12, 2022 

Julian Charrière

Julian Charrière: Erratics

Presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Curator: Rudolf Frieling

August 6, 2022 – May 14, 2023  

Gwladys Gambie

Tropical is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime

Presented by Americas Society, New York, NY

Curator: Marina Reyes Franco

September 7 – December 7, 2022

Tabita Rezaire, Gwladys Gambie, Jérémie Priam

Poetics of Selfhood (Poétique De L’Ipséité)

Presented by Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA

Curators: Audry Liseron-Monfils, Eléna-Lou Arnoux, Éline Gourgues

September 10, 2022 – December 10, 2022

Artist to be announced soon

58th Carnegie International

Presented by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Curator:  Sohrab Mohebbi

September 24, 2022 – April 2, 2023

Julien Creuzet

Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today

Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Curator: Carla Acevedo Yates

November 19, 2022 – April 23, 2023  

Sara Favriau and Marcos Avila Forero

Both Sides of the River

Presented by Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Curator: Dr. Beth Hinderliter

January 31 – March 22, 2023  

Pierre Charpin

Spaces of the Mind

Presented by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, Long Island, NY

Curator: Dakin Hart

August 23, 2023 – January 14, 2024

Etant donnés Contemporary Art is a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, CHANEL, and ADAGP. Learn more about the program, grantees, and partners here.

Gwladys Gambie "Insurgées", courtesy of the artist

FACE Contemporary Theater: $130,000 allocated across ten projects

FACE Contemporary Theater fosters innovative artistic collaborations in theater, contemporary circus, puppetry, and street theater allocating grants to French or American nonprofit institutions and creators from France, the African continent, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


Selected projects:

Théâtre de l’Entrouvert – Elise Vigneron


French-American co-production at Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Chicago IL

June 2022 – February 2023

Compagnie Galmae

C’est pas là, C’est par là

Presented at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT

September 2022

Compagnie les Hommes approximatifsCaroline Guiela Nguyen

Fraternité, conte fantastique

Presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

September 2022

Marion Siéfert


Presented at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York, NY

September 2022

Felwine Sarr

Traces and Liberté, j’aurai habité ton rêve jusqu’au soir

Presented at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York, NY; Duke University, Durham, NC; Georgia State University-Rialto Theater, Atlanta, GA

September 2022

Compagnie l’Héliotrope – Paul Desveaux, Faustine Noguès, Astrid Bahiya

Angela Davis, a History of the United States

Presented at Princeton University – Seuls en Scène Festival, Princeton, NJ and Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Holyoke, MA

September – October 2022

Compagnie La Part du pauvre – Eva Doumbia


French-American co-production presented at Ashé Cultural Art Center, New Orleans, LA and Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, NY

March 2023

Compagnie L’OubliéeRaphaëlle Boitel

Shadows Cast (Ombres Portées)

Presented at PEAK Performances at Montclair State University, NJ; ArtsEmerson, Boston, MA; Williams Centre for the Arts, Easton, PA

March and April 2023

The Camargo Foundation

The Cultural Diaspora #2

Developed in Cassis, France and presented at Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN and more venues to be announced

November 2022 – August 2023

Théâtre Gérard Philipe – Julie Deliquet, Frederick Wiseman


Development support

October 2022 – Summer 2023

FACE Contemporary Theater is a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, and with the support from The Ford Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Learn more about the program, grantees, and partners here.

Caroline Guila Nguyen “Fraternite” © JL Fernandez

FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance: $100,000 allocated across eight projects

FUSED fosters dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry by connecting and supporting leading institutions and contemporary choreographers and performers from France, the African continent, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Grants support the development and/or the presentation of new work.


Selected projects:

Q Dance Company Qudus Onikeku


Presented at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY

June 2022

Compagnie Art Move Concept – Soria Rem and Mehdi Ouachek


Presented at Artpark & Company, Inc., Levinston, NY

July 2022

Gisèle Vienne


Presented at Dance Downtown LA, Inc (AKA L.A. Dance Project), Los Angeles, CA

October 2022

Ballet de Lorraine

Repertory works of Ballet de Lorraine – Centre Choréographique National (CCN)

Presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

April 2023

Compagnie Nacera Belaza


Presented at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Cincinnati, OH

April 2023

(LA)HORDE – Ballet National de Marseille

Room with a View

Presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Fall 2023

Studio Dimitri Chamblas – Dimitri Chamblas and Kim Gordon

Water and Power 

Development support

2022-2023 Season

Gerard & Kelly

State of

Presented at Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain Nimes, France

December 2022

FUSED is a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, and with the support from The Ford Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.  Learn more about the program, grantees, and partners here.

LA(HORDE) "Room with a View" (c) Aude Arago

Jazz & New Music: $122,800 allocated across sixteen projects

Jazz & New Music encourages the creative and professional development of French-based jazz and contemporary music composers, musicians, and ensembles through Creative Grants for new creations and commissions and Touring Grants for US tours.


Selected projects for Creative Grants:

Chansons du Crépuscule

L’après-midi d’un Bot

New creation by Hélène Breschand (FR) and Elliott Sharp (US) accompanied by Floy Krouchi (FR) and Zafer Tawil (US)

New York, NY

June 1 – December 31, 2022

Epsilon Spires

Commissioning and Recording New Works in French Electroacoustic Music

New creation by François J. Bonnet (Stage Name: Kassel Jaeger) (FR) and Éliane Radigue (FR)

Brattleboro, VT

April 1–30, 2023

Beyond This Point and François Sarhan

Dreams, and why not?

New creation by Beyond This Point (US ensemble); Adam Rosenblatt (US), John Corkill (US), François Sarhan (FR, Germany), and Jennifer Torrence (Norway)

October 29 – November 5, 2022

Franck Vigroux, Antoine Schmitt and Loïc Varanguin de Villepin


New creation by Franck Vigroux (FR), Antoine Schmitt (FR), and Loïc Varanguin de Villepin (FR)

Presented at Gray Area, San Francisco, CA

April 1 – May 31, 2023


Reverso reimagines Lili Boulanger, A Composition and Recording Project

New creation by Ryan Keberle (US), Frank Woeste (FR), Vincent Courtois (FR)

Presented by the Jazz Gallery, New York, NY

February 1 – May 31, 2023,

La Compagnie Nine Spirit

Music is my field

New creation by Raphaël Imbert (FR), Alban Moraud (FR), Régis Michel (FR) with guest artists John Boutté (US), Sarah Quintana (US) Dwight Andrews (US) Art Rosenbaum (US), Cary Fridlay (US), and Jon Stickley (US)

New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN

March 1 – November 1, 2023

Paul Lay & Ingrid Jensen

New creation by Paul Lay (FR), Clemens Van der Feen (Holland), Ingrid Jensen (US), Nicole Glover (US), and Kendrick Scott (US)

New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

May 1 – June 30, 2023

Josh Hari, Cale Hawkins, Marie Davy and Tiss Rodriguez

Lilt project

New creation by Josh Hari (US), Cale Hawkins (US), Marie Davy (FR), and Tiss Rodriguez (FR)

New York, NY

July 1 – December 1, 2022

Issue Project Room

Leila Bordreuil and Luke Stewart present New Works for Feedback Ensemble with Nina Garcia

New creation by Leila Bordreuil (FR, US) Luke Stewart (US), Nina Garcia (FR), and Feedback Ensemble (US)

New York, NY

September 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023


Selected projects for Touring Grants:

The Bridge

Temple of enthusiasm

Marvin Tate (US), Gerrit Hatcher (US), Erwan Keravec (FR), Lia Kohl (US), and Gaspar Claus (FR)

Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI

October 31 – November 16, 2022

Sakina Abdou (FR)

New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL

October 30 – November 13, 2022

Ensemble intercontemporain (FR)

New York, NY; Miami, FL; Houston, TX

March 23 – April 1, 2023

Ecce Ensemble

Next Generation France

Ecce Ensemble (US), Raphaèle Biston (FR), Manon Lepauvre (FR), Sanae Ishida (FR), and Sophie Lacaze (FR)

Worcester, MA; Northampton, MA; New York, NY

January 27 – February 5, 2023

Raymond Boni (FR) & Joe McPhee (US)

Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Austin, TX; Shreveport, LA

April 24 – May 1, 2023

lovemusic (FR)

Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Waltham, MA; Cambridge, MA

April 11–29, 2023

ONJ – Orchestre National de Jazz

Ex Machina

Frédéric Maurin (FR), Steve Lehman (US), Jérôme Nika (FR), Jonathan Finlayson (US), Chris Dingman (US) + 12 musicians from the ONJ – Orchestre National de Jazz (FR)

New York, NY; Princeton, NJ; Philadelphia, PA

September 29 – October 10, 2022

Jazz & New Music is a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, SACEM (Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique) and the CNM (Centre National de la Musique). Learn more about the program, grantees, and partners here.

Sakina Abdou © Pidz

In partnership with

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. 

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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Founded by artists in 1953, the ADAGP represents 170,000 authors worldwide, in all disciplines of visual art, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, graphic novels, street art, video art, digital art, architecture and more… At the heart of an international network of 50 partner organisations, the ADAGP collects and distributes royalties, protects artists and fights to improve authors’ rights. Today, it is the world’s top society of authors in the visual arts. Eager to place creativity at the heart of the world, the ADAGP encourages the creative scene by initiating and/or financially supporting projects to highlight visual arts and promote them on a national and international scale.


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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime (1928-2011), is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. It supports the artist’s legacy through a variety of initiatives, including exhibitions, loans of artworks, research and publications, conservation, grants, and educational programs for the public and the scholarly community. As the principal beneficiary of Helen Frankenthaler’s estate, the Foundation maintains an archive of original papers and materials pertaining to her life and work and a collection of her artwork in a variety of media.


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Centre national de la musique

Created on January 1, 2020, the CNM is an organization designed to accompany and support the various stakeholders in the music sector, from artists and songwriters to labels, music publishers, concert promoters, venues, managers, sound engineers and retailers. The CNM is a public-private partnership, operating under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture.

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The role of SACEM is to provide protection, representation and service for original music composers, authors and publishers SACEM collects authors’ rights and redistributes the payments to the rights-holders SACEM promotes and supports original creative music in every different form. SACEM is a private entity; it is a non-trading company [“société civile”] directed by authors, composers and publishers.


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Chanel is a private company and a world leader in creating, developing, manufacturing and distributing luxury products. Founded by Gabrielle Chanel at the beginning of the last century, Chanel offers a broad range of high-end creations, including Ready-to-Wear, Leather Goods, Fashion Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare, Jewellery and Watches. Chanel is also renowned for its Haute Couture collections, presented twice yearly in Paris, and for having acquired a large number of specialized suppliers, collectively known as the Métiers d’Art. Chanel is dedicated to ultimate luxury and to the highest level of craftsmanship. It is a brand whose core values remain historically grounded on exceptional creation. As such, Chanel promotes culture, art, creativity and “savoir-faire” throughout the world, and invests significantly in people, R&D, sustainable development and innovation. At the end of 2021, Chanel employed close to 28,500 people worldwide. 


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