The French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) has awarded $99,900 in grants supporting international residencies and performances of contemporary dance work by eight French and U.S. artists for the 2012-2013 season.  

Established in 2004, FUSED promotes reciprocal exchange of French and U.S. dance artists andpresenters through network building and grantmaking. FUSED is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through its National Dance Project, by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, in partnership with French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation.

“We are delighted to announce this year’s recipients in now the eighth season of grantmaking for FUSED,” said NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk. “FUSED continues to prove a successful model for cultural partnership and exchange.” 

FUSED grants for 2012-2013 were awarded to:

U.S. Presenter French Artist Project
Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY François Chaignaud & Cecila Bengolea, Poitiers Residency 2012
On the Boards, Seattle, WA Christian Rizzo, Paris Neo Fiction
The Kitchen, New York, NY François Chaignaud & Cecila Bengolea, Poitiers Untitled
Abrons Art Center - Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY David Wampach, Paris Auto
American Dance Festival, Durham, NC La Maison / Nasser Martin-Gousset, Paris Le Visiteur
Miami Light Project, Miami, FL Cie La Baraka / Abou Lagraa, Lyons NYA (Trusting in Life)
French Presenter U.S. Artist Project
Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC), Angers  Trajal Harrell, New York, NY  Legendary with a Twist
C.C.N. de Franche-Comté, Belfort Kimberly Bartosik, Brooklyn, NY  You are my Heat and Glare
Centre de développement chorégraphique (CDC) - Les Hivernales  Jonah Bokaer, Brooklyn, NY  The Ulysses Syndrome

About the FUSED Partners

The National Dance Project is a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts ( NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector.  NEFA is a nonprofit that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals.  

The French Cultural Services of the French Embassy ( provides a platform and resources for cultural exchange between French and American artists, intellectuals, curators and arts professionals. It is dedicated to creating new models for international dialogue in the arts and education from French and American perspectives.  Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities in the US, the Cultural Services’ principal fields of action are the arts, literature, cinema, French language programs and higher education.

FACE (, an American 501(c)(3) operating foundation, is based in New York and works in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U. S. Setting a new precedent in cultural relations, FACE pools private and public resources to support innovative dialogue and exchange in the fields of contemporary visual arts, performing arts, music, film, and secondary and higher education between the French-speaking world and the United States. As a catalyst for creativity and the promotion of what is new and excellent on both sides of the Atlantic, FACE strives to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between French and American civil societies.