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Current Grantees:

French Artists /
Companies in the United States



Discovery Green Conservancy, Houston, TX

“Il n’est pas encore minuit” (it is not midnight yet)
by Compagnie XY

Discovery Green Conservancy, located in Houston, Texas, will present “Il n’est pas encore minuit” (it is not midnight yet) by the contemporary circus ensemble known as Compagnie XY on June 2-3, 2017.  The two free public performances in Houston by Compagnie XY are part of a larger North America tour that includes Spoleto USA Festival, Charleston, SC, and Lincoln Center Festival, New York, as well as stops in Canada, and in Mexico.  It will be the first performance of a French contemporary circus company in Houston.

Compagnie XY is widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary circus companies in the world. With their unique voice, and 22 highly skilled acrobats, XY continue to push boundaries in the creation of poetic and jaw-defying spectacle.




Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY

“While I was Waiting”
By Omar Abusaada, Text: Mohammad Al Attar

Lincoln Center Festival 2017 will present 4 performances (July 19-22) of “While I Was Waiting” directed by Omar Abusaada and written by Mohammad Al Attar. It features a cast of actors from Syria. Six of the traveling artists are Syrian refugees residing in France and Germany. The play offers a chilling reflection on the aftermath of political upheaval in the Syrian capital through the eyes of the family of Taim, a young man who fell into a coma after between beaten by unknown attackers in Damascus.

“While I Was Waiting” exemplifies Lincoln Center’s commitment to partnering with cultural organizations from around the world-in particular from France-to present exceptional works of theater.  “While I was Waiting” is a co-production with Festival d'Avignon, Pôle Arts de la scène – Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille), Les Bancs publics - Festival Les Rencontres à l'échelle (Marseille), and Festival d'Automne Paris, among other European presenters. It is presented in partnership with RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya.

video: https://www.theatre-video.net/video/Omar-Abusaada-Alors-que-j-attendais-Extrait-70e-Festival-d-Avignon




PICA  - Time Based Art Festival, Portland, OR
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), New York, NY

Tour of “Unwanted”
By Dorothée Munyaneza

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) partnered to present “Unwanted” a new work by the Rwandese artist Dorothée Munyaneza.

After Munyaneza’s residency time in Portland (2016)  and in New York (2017), the performances of “Unwanted” will be presented at PICA,  part of Time Based Art Festival, then at BAC, New York, in September 2017?

Munyaneza’s “Unwanted”  is a transcendent, cross-disciplinary theater piece that combines theater, singing, dance, text, percussion and story-telling to address the hundreds of thousands of rapes that were part of the 1994 Rwandan genocide––and the children born from them.
It is performed by Munyaneza along with Portland-based music artist Holland Andrews and French musician Alain Mahé. The work will also premiere at the Avignon Festival this July.





French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), New York, NY & Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, Los Angeles, CA

Tour of “Le petit chaperon rouge”
By Joël Pommerat

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York, and Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, Los Angeles, partnered to present “Le petit chaperon rouge” (Little Red Riding Hood) by author-director Joël Pommerat whose work has been rarely seen in the United States. 

“Le petit chaperon rouge” is a re-telling by Pommerat of the famous folktale. With his own reimagining, Pommerat has stripped down the characters to their utmost simplicity and truthfulness by exposing their basic emotions such as Little Red’s eagerness and innocence, The Wolf’s carnality and manipulation...    The production will be presented in March 2018 in French with English surtitles first at FIAF, part of Kids Tilt Festival, and, then, at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz.




The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, NY

“Au Coeur” (To The Heart)
By Thierry Thieû Niang

The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, has invited the director Thierry Thieu Niang to develop “Au Coeur” (To The Heart) in Spring 2018.

Conceived in 2016 in France for a cast of twenty performers aged 7 to 17, “Au Coeur” is a response to the images of refugee children’s bodies lying on the ground, images of rest and quiet, but also images of terror. The production was successfully developed in Avignon, then in Paris, and many other locations in France each time with a different cast of local children and teenagers.

For the New York version, Thierry Thieû Niang will collaborate with the musician and composer Laurie Anderson and twenty children from all five boroughs of New York City. The children will share the stage with Laurie Anderson, who will give the performance its tempo. Other collaborators include the author Linda Lê and the visual artist Claude Lévêque for the set.




Current Grantees:

American Artists /
Companies in France


Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil (MAC)

"Harlem Quartet"
By Elise Vigier with Saul Williams

Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Creteil (MAC Creteil) in partnership with Theatre des lucioles (Elise Vigier) invite the poet/slammer/musician/performer Saul Williams for the creation of “Harlem Quartet”, directed Elise Vigier, a play adapted from James Baldwin’s novel “Just above my head” developed to shed light on Baldwin’s free, complex, lucid and intelligent views, which provide answers to contemporary questions.

American slam-poet, writer, musician and actor, Saul Williams is a specialist of James Baldwin’s work, gospel and Black American’s history. He constantly seeks new forms of expression for his art.
The residence will allow him to work directly with Elise Vigier, the director, Kevin Keiss, the dramaturg, the cast and the musicians on stage.  Williams’ residency will take place in September 2017 and “Harlem Quartet” will premiere in November 2017 in Creteil and, then will tour France.




Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer

Tel: 212 439 1444



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