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Photo: Autarcie (...) © Philippe Gramard


Anne Nguyen

FIAF-Crossing the Line Festival, New York

For Graphic Cyphers
Autarcie (…)

September 23 – October 1, 2016

French hip hop and break dancer Anne Nguyen makes her U.S. debut at Crossing the Line Festival in fall 2016, a collaboration between French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Dancing in the Streets, Gibney Dance Center, Bronx Museum and Times Square Arts Alliance.  Crossing the line Festival will present For Graphic Cyphers a collaborative work with Anne Nguyen and local participants in association with Dancing the Streets (September 23-25, 2016). In addition, 4 performances of Anne Nguyen’s work Autarcie (…) for four dancers will be presented at Gibney Dance Center (Sept 29 to October 1st, 2016).

Anne Nguyen founded the Compagnie par Terre in 2005. She has spent the past decade bringing hip-hop—and some of the genre’s most accomplished dancers—to French stages and beyond. Her highly stylized work celebrates the technical excellence and idiosyncratic moves of each dancer as she works to create a new theatrical language from hip-hop forms. Her choreography throws abstracted urban dance into collision with geometry, architecture, and human experience. Currently in residence at Chaillot, Théâtre National de la Danse in Paris, Nguyen is one of France’s most up-and-coming choreographers.



Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Los Angeles

Autarcie (…)
October 5 – 6, 2016

After the New York stop, Anne Nguyen will travel to Los Angeles to present her quartet work “Autarcie” at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, Los Angeles. In addition, a collaborative work will be developed with a hip hop local company. Workshops will also be organized with students.



Photo: Marching Band Project © Eric Garault


FrEdEric Nauczyciel, Marquis Revlon

MC 93, Maison de la Culture de Bobigny

Marching Band Project
September 2016 - May 2017

Marching Band Project is a multidisciplinary work between France and the U.S. led by Frédéric Nauczyciel, visual artist based in Paris and Marquis Revlon, choreographer-legendary voguer based in Baltimore. It includes films and performances. It stages marching bands from both sides of the Atlantic, with Mike Barksdale as the Drum conductor in Baltimore and Sylvain Cartigny, his counterpart in Paris, to create a video and performative installation. The project will take place in Baltimore and Parisian urban outskirts, and while questioning the sense of community in two different cultures, it echoes with the uprisings that occurred in the two cities 10 years apart.

Produced by the MC93, Bobigny, Marching Band Project is developed in association with Cultural Affairs dept. of the American Embassy in Paris, and in the U.S., with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and The New Edition Marching Band  located in Baltimore.




Jimmy Robert

Performa 17, New York

Uncovering Architecture (working title)

Performa commissioned Bucharest-based French artist Jimmy Robert to conceive a new performance in New York as part of the next Performa biennial. Robert’s work investigates the modernist idea of body as a measurement instrument and champions it as a means of resistance against normative narratives.
Born in Guadeloupe in 1975, Robert was raised and educated in metropolitan France in the 1980s and 1990s—an era in which questions of citizenship and multiculturalism were hotly debated. Rather than creating conspicuously political artworks, Robert takes his cues from cultural figures of the recent past (e.g. avant-garde writer Marguerite Duras, filmmaker Chantal Akerman, choreographer and artist Yvonne Rainer) who were not only pioneers in their respective art forms but also deft at subtly registering the traumas and effects of social conditions. His work has been presented at international venues such as Jeu de Paume (Paris), MCA (Chicago), Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York), and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).




Joe Goode – Joe Goode Performance Group

Festival du Haut Limousin, France

Nobody Lives Here Now
August 13–14 , 2016

Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) has been invited by Festival du Haut Limousin in Villefavard, Haute-Vienne to create a new piece with the Quatuor Varèse.  Nobody Lives Here Now will be developed this summer and performances will take place during the festival in August 2016. In addition, the JGPG will present two works of its company.

Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008. The Joe Goode Performance Group, formed in 1986, tours regularly throughout the U.S., and has toured internationally to Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.




Stefanie Batten Bland

La Mama Theater, New York

Bienvenue / Welcome
May, 2017

Bienvenue / Welcome, by choreographer and installation artist Stefanie Batten Bland, is an evening-length interdisciplinary piece for Company SBB to premiere in La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival in May, 2017. The piece examines a willingness to welcome and share space with individuals immigrating to one’s own country. At the intersection of dance and installation, Bienvenue/Welcome is a fully-orchestrated, live installation set in a refugee camp, where arrival and admittance are controlled by material impediments, by space and red tape. For the work, two French performers, Emilie Camacho and RK Duverger will join the ensemble.

Stefanie Batten Bland (SBB) is a choreographic artist and artistic director of Company Stefanie Batten Bland (Company SBB). In 2008, while head choreographer of the Paris Opera Comique in France under the direction of Jérôme Savary, SBB founded Company SBB to investigate the human condition. Through the dance arts, she creates performances rooted in community to highlight the delicate threads that connect us to one another.

French performer Emilie Camacho joined in 1999 the CCN (National Choreographic Center) for Jean-Claude Gallotta and spent five years working for Compagnie Linga in Switzerland. She most recently worked for Jean Paul Goude, Blanca LI, Stromae Papatoutai, Stéphane Braunschweig Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Marion Levy and Philippe Jamet at Palais de Chaillot. Camacho currently develops her own work within the collective Rabbit Research.

French performer Raphael Kaney Duverger is a native of Paris. He began dancing and acting at the age of 17. His professional performance career includes working with Pal Frenak in Budapest,and Spanish choreographer Blanca Li. In 1999 Raphaël founded his own theater/dance company called Tournesol. He is currently choreographer for the French revivals of FAME and HAIR.




Curatorial Research Trips


This fall, FUSED will support curatorial research trips to the U.S., France, and Burkina Faso totaling $33,872 in funds to be distributed to 17 dance curators from the U.S. and France.

The funds will support travel and attendance at festivals and performances in the three countries, promoting future artistic exchanges and collaborations. 

More information about curatorial research trips can be found on the NEFA website.



FOCUS Dance at the Lyon Dance Biennial
Lyon, France 

Sharon Fantl
Assistant Director, Redfern Center for the Arts at Keene State College, Keene, NH

Angela Mattox
Artistic Director, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Jodee Nimerichter
Director, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC

Craig T. Peterson
Director of Programs, Gibney Dance, New York, NY

Brian Rogers
Artistic Director, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Long Island City, NY

Pamela Tatge
Director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA

Kenneth Tracy
Executive Director, Choregus Productions, Tulsa, OK

Adrienne Willis
Executive Director, American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD

Pamela Young
Executive Director, DANCECleveland, Cleveland, OH




Festival Kalypso
Paris, France 

Simon Dove
Executive and Artistic Director, Dancing in the Street, Bronx, NY



Triennial Danse l’Afrique Danse
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Rachel Cook
Associate Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

Laura Faure
Director, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME

Stanford Makishi
Vice President, Programming, New York City Center, New York, NY

Janera Solomon
Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA



NEXT Arts Festival
Lille, France 

Drew Klein
Performance Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH



Festival d'Automne à Paris
Paris, France 

Nick Stuccio
President & Producing Director, FringeArts, Philadelphia, PA



American Realness
COIL festival
Live Artery
Under The Radar
New York, NY

Maria Carmela Mini
Artistic Director, Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, France




The Programs

Tournées Film Festival
Films on the Green
French U.S. Exchange in Dance with NEFA
French Dual Language Program
French Heritage Language Program
Partner University Fund
French Voices
Contemporay Music
French-American Jazz Exchange with MAAF
Contemporary Theater
Visual Arts


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