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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

 

French Artists / Companies
In the United States

 

The Distance is Nowhere
Paul Maheke and Sophie Mallet
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, FL

June 2019
https://www.icamiami.org

ICA Miami will present The Distance is Nowhere, a performance by French artist Paul Maheke in collaboration with artist Sophie Mallett, presented as part of the museum’s performing arts series ICA PERFORMS on June 6 and 7, 2019. Using sound, text and movement, The Distance is Nowhere explores transitional spaces, distinguishing the sea as a constant, never-ending present, water as subjective matter, and the body and its contained water as pathways to information and knowledge echoing broader socio-political and historical contexts.

 

Somewhere at the beginning
Germaine Acogny – Mikael Serre
FIAF / Crossing the Line 2019

September 2019
http://www.fiaf.org

Somewhere at the beginning, co-choreographed by Germaine Acogny and Mikaël Serre, and performed by Acogny herself, explores through dance the traces of Acogny’s own personal history intertwined with that of Africa. Through the lens of tragedy, and taking the form of a Greek archaic tragedy, Acogny’s movements create a living vessel that connects the sufferings of the past with the present.

 

DEsordre du discours
Fanny de ChaillE
Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, NY & Princeton University, NJ

September 15-22, 2019
http://www.theinvisibledog.org

L’Ordre du discours is the title chosen by Michel Foucault for his inaugural lecture given at the Collège de France on December 2, 1970. To give substance to Foucault’s thought and to use theatre to fill the void left by the lack of recording of his lecture, Fanny de Chaillé in collaboration with actor Guillaume Bailliart conceived a performative experiment, Désordre du discours, designed for student-audiences questioning the form of the speech and its inherent contradictions. Because thinking is moving, how does it move when it thinks?

 

Dans l’Engrenage
Compagnie Dyptik
New York City Center - Fall for Dance festival

October 2019
https://www.nycitycenter.org

New York City Center will present French hip-hop artists from Compagnie Dyptik as part of the 2019 Fall for Dance Festival, marking the company's United States debut. The company, featuring a cast of seven diverse and virtuosic dancers will perform selections from Dans l’Engrenage, Dyptik co-founder Mehdi Meghari's multi-layered exploration of "the pleasure of being.

 

SEnsa
Paul Maheke
Performa Biennial, New York

November 2019
http://www.performa-arts.org

Sènsa, a performance conceived by Paul Maheke in collaboration with London-based DJ and music producer Melika Ngome Kolongo Nkisi and New York-based light designer Jonathan González will be presented at Abrons Arts Center during Performa 19. Drawing its title from a Bantu word that translates as “coming to visibility,” Sènsa draws on Maheke’s research into rhythm and images from the cosmologies of the Bantu-Kongo and articulates the complex strains of identity and representation, in particular that of the queer black body.

 

Meryem Jazouli IN RESIDENCE
Danspace Project, New York, NY

February-March 2020
http://www.danspaceproject.org

Danspace Project has invited Moroccan choreographer Meryem Jazouli as a guest artist for its next Platform February-March 2020. During her time of residence, Danspace Project will present Jazouli’s performances of Folkah! The artist will lead several workshops during her residency.

 

Spirit Child
Qudus Onikeku
The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, IL

March 16-22, 2020

The Dance Center of Columbia College will present Nigerian choreographer and performer Qudus Onikeku’s new work, Spirit Child, as part of the Dance Presenting Series’19-20 season. Spirit Child, a solo piece inspired by Ben Okri's seminal novel The Famished Road, features 1 dancer and 3 musicians, is a co-production of the MC 93,Bobigny, CCN de Créteil, and the Africologne Festival in Germany. It will premiere June 20-21, 2019 at the Africologne Festival.

 

Christian Ubl in residence
Culture Mill, Saxapahaw, NC

http://www.culturemill.org
http://www.cubehaus.fr

The organization Culture Mill will host French choreographer Christian Ubl, and two of his collaborators from Compagnie CUBE Dance for a 3 weeks residency in rural North Carolina. The residency will focus on bridging Ubl’s work to institutions, local communities, public schools as well as the local dance professionals through a series of dance workshops, culminating in the realization of 3 “Summer Ball” events. The Summer Ball combines short choreographies inspired by folks dances, line dances and social dances with a contemporary dance vocabulary.

 

To Da Bone
Collectif (La) Horde
City Parks Foundation, New York, NY

Summer 2020
http://www.collectiflahorde.com

City Parks Foundation will present the U.S. premiere of To Da Bone by French dance company (La) Horde at the 2020 SummerStage festival, bringing the incredibly raw, fresh, and electric collective on the New York summer stages. The collective’s style illustrates the accessibility and positivity of urban dance cultures as it brings together individuals from all backgrounds.

 

If...a memoir
Sarah Turquety in residence
Core Dance, Decatur, GA

2019-2020
http://www.coredance.org

Engaging questions of human freedom alongside human limitations, if... a memoir, is conceived as a love song written for humanity, seeking to reveal what binds each of us, one to the other. Created by Sue Schroeder, choreographer, Simon Gentry, cinematographer, Christian Meyer, composer, Sarah Turquety, poet, in collaboration with the Dance Artists of Core Dance, the evening-length, immersive physical theater / choreo-poem will premiere in 2020.

 

Hydra
Yuval Pick, CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape
Battery Park Festival and on tour.

Summer 2020
http://www.ccnr.fr

Hydra, a site specific performance conceived by choreographer Yuval Pick seeks to reveal the memory held within a space and its architecture. In the United States, Hydra – first conceived for the Monuments en Mouvement in France - will highlight for its U.S. tour the rich, eclectic and innovative American architecture that is as diverse as its multicultural society. Influenced in his work by various communities, Yuval Pick with Hydra invites the audience to a collective experience which will expand beyond differences and individualities.

Video Excerpt Hydra:
https://vimeo.com/239253851/edf32b4cad

 

 

American Artists / Companies
In France

 

Ladia Yates and Calvin Hunt
Compagnie Rualite-Bintou Dembele, Paris

September 2020
http://bintoudembele.com/compagnie-rualite-fr-m

The French director, Clément Cogitore, is emphasizing how our societies be impacted by migration of population and interaction between cultures, as levers for new languages and new worlds. In his version of Rameau’s Opera Ballet, les Indes galantes premiering at the Opera Bastille–Paris, September 2019, he is introducing the underground culture with the collaboration of one of its pioneer, the French hip hop choreographer, Bintou Dembélé. For the production, Bintou Dembélé has invited in the project 30 major French Hip Hopers, Krumpers, Electro, Popping, Voguing dancers together with two prominent African/American dancers whose specific styles are not well developed in France, Lydia Yates and Calvin Hunt.

 

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