ancing is not an exact science, it is about creating a productive space to experiment and practise in which the artist can fluctuate between uncer- tainty and expertise. Its development therefore
requires a certain amount of time for reflection and discussion. To allow choreographers and performers this period of time for concentration which is essential when producing a show, va- rious institutions and theatres have set up international creative residencies. These initiatives fully incorporate all of the cultural patronage goals of the BNP Paribas Foundation. It does not sim- ply finance such projects, it also gives artists in the movement arts the opportunity to continue to question the world and raise our awareness.
Promoting artist residencies
The Foundation has been supporting the resi- dencies organised by Montpellier Danse under the supervision of its Director, Jean-Paul Montanari, since 2012. In 2019, the former Ursuline Convent became Agora Cité Internationale de la Danse, thus welcoming and hosting 21 French and international dance companies for a few days or a few weeks, and allowing them access to three working studios on site. Close to half of the three hundred days of residency were devoted to the Montpellier Dance Festival programme, a major annual event in the choreo- graphy world calendar: seven of the works created during these residencies featured in the 2019 edition, and three in 2020. Four other productions were presented during the 2019-2020 season of Montpellier Danse. The Montpellier residency has given all the artists invited the opportunity to further develop their research and their technique.
S U P P O R T I N G T H E D E V E L O P M E N T O F A D A N C E C O M P A N Y
A T T H E Z U R I C H T A N Z H A U S The signing of an initial partnership in November 2019 with
one of the most prominent dance centres in Switzerland, enabled the BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation, as part of
a joint financing project with the BNP Paribas Foundation, to support the creation of the artistic collective known as
The Field . Deliberately hybrid , it brings together five Swiss and international dance-makers , who convened during the 2019-2020 season at the Tanzhaus, under the
direction of choreographers Marisa Godoy and Romain Guion. In this free environment, the artists are able to
develop and create collaborative performances. Much like their production on 6 September 2019, at the Day One of
Love and Dance event on the opening weekend of the House of Dance (a literal translation of Tanzhaus ).
Artists need our support for the time it takes for them to create. It takes time to do great things. Offering this protection to artists is essential, because they can be sensitive people, whose way of life may often involve suffering. It is our responsibility to give them this time to work and develop their imagination.
J E A N - P A U L M O N T A N A R I DIRECTOR OF MONTPELLIER DANSE
CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY 2019 ACTIVITY REPORT