10th Season of FUSED demonstrates commitment to cultural exchange

(Boston, MA – June 5, 2014) The French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) has awarded $166,683 in grants supporting international residencies and performances of contemporary dance work by 15 French and U.S. artists for the 2014-2015 season. 

Established in 2004, FUSED promotes the exchange of French and U.S. dance by supporting  residencies and touring of artists, while simultaneously encouraging collaborations between presenting organizations in each country. FUSED is a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.

“FUSED has become an increasingly important channel for French/U.S. cultural exchange,” said National Dance Project program manager Sara Nash, “Now 10 years in, the program continues to demonstrate the commitment and confidence of our funders and partners  to support international opportunities for artists.”

FUSED grants for 2014-2015:

U.S. Presenter French Artist Project
ABRONS ART CENTER (NY) Francois Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea DUB LOVE
American Dance Festival (NC) Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez Monchichi
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (TX) Jérôme Bel A New Presentation of Cedric Andrieux by choreographer Jérôme Bel at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
French Institute Alliance Française (NY) Xavier Le Roy Retrospective
La Jolla Music Society (CA) Malandain Ballet Biarritz Romeo and Juliet
New York Live Arts (NY) Ivana Müller Partitur/We Are Still Watching
Tigertail Productions (FL) Nadia Beugre Quartiers Libres + residency
French Presenter U.S. Artist Project
Ateliers de Paris - Carolyn Carlson / June Events festival DD Dorvillier Platform Diary of an Image
La Briqueterie, CDC du Val de Marne Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias Blue Marble
Entre Cour et Jardins Liz Santoro New Work (Title pending)
Festival Latitudes Contemporaines Nora Chipaumire Legacy
Festival de Marseille Kyle Abraham Abraham in Motion / Pavement
Les Nouvelles Subsistances - Festival Aire de Jeu Kyle Abraham (in collaboration with Composer Kalevi Aho) New Work (Title pending)
Théâtre Garonne Trajal Harrell The Ghost of Montpellier meets the Samurai (D Bagouet/T Hijikata)
Théâtre de Vanves, Festival ArtDanThe Faye Driscoll You're Me

About the FUSED Partners

NEFA launched the National Dance Project in 1996 to encourage the creation of new dance work and the sharing of that work with audiences in communities. Since then, the program has distributed more than $25.8 million in grants and remains one of the few sources for dance funding in the U.S. NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a nonprofit that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

The 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.

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