French-US Exchange in Dance
The French-US Exchange in Dance program, known as FUSED, melds the French and American dance communities by fostering dialogue and exchange, consolidating professional relationships and spawning choreographic innovation. This multi-year program introduces choreographers and performers whose works have rarely, if ever been seen in the partner country.
The FUSED program offers grants to U.S. and French non-profit presenting institutions willing to pledge to a new bilateral dance project with possibilities for residencies, commissions, and/or touring the work of at least one choreographer/performer from the partner country. Co-productions between presenters are highly encouraged.
The National Dance Project (NDP) of New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy joined forces in 2004, with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Institut Français, and FACE, to create FUSED.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided major support for the presentation of the work of US artists in France.
The program builds on the momentum of the cross-cultural choreographic influences between the U.S. and France.
NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE:
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Prior to the deadline, presenters should contact NEFA and FACE by email to ensure the eligibility of the artist or company for whom they wish to apply.
Presenters who are presenting the same artist as part of a tour should each submit an application for funding. These applications will be evaluated together to ensure viability of a tour if it is funded.
APPLICATION MUST BE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH ONLY.
APPLICATIONS IN FRENCH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
For French Institutions Presenting U.S. Artists:
The application must be submitted together with the mandatory Financial Form as well as the Proof of Eligibility from the institution.
The mandatory financial form template is available here for download:
Financial Form (XLS)
Contact / Information:
Nicole Birmann Bloom
For U.S. Institutions Presenting French Artists:
Contact / Information:
Visit nefa.org to apply.
For the first years, the program based its exchanges on a network of U.S. and French presenters eager to present innovative artists, and to increase the appetite for rarely seen French and US dance work in the partner country.
To date, the program has supported 119 projects of choreographers and 52 presenting partners in France and the U.S.
The FUSED program is now open to all American and French presenting organizations.