Showcasing all of the body s different languages
The fifteen dance and circus companies that have been supported throughout 2019 by the BNP Paribas Foundation reflect the vibrant range of diversity in the contemporary perfor- mance arts. From the hip-hop mixes of Amala Dianor to the stage performances of circus performer Alexander Vantournhout the latest two members the list of artists reflects the Foundation s interest in all styles, provided that they celebrate the human body! The one thing these arts all have in common is that they explore new forms of expression. The productions of these choreographers and circus artists, convey various forms of language, whether venturing into the sphere of visual arts or philosophy to create their worlds. Their sensitive questioning speaks directly to our hearts and rein- forces the BNP Foundation s commitment to use culture as a tool for inclusion and sharing.
T HE V IR T U A L W ORL D , A CRE AT I V E A L LY The BNP Paribas Foundation views the crossover between dance and digital technology as fertile ground for exciting and experimental innovation. Alongside the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, the Foundation launched and organised a Dansathon in 2018, the first European hackathon, devoted entirely to dance, in close collaboration with Sadler s Wells in London and the Liège Theatre. After 72 memorable hours, at the Journée Danse Connectée (Connected Dance Day), in autumn, spectators were given the opportunity to see the productions developed by the three winners from each partner institution. Thanks to this involvement on a European scale, the public were able to test the Vibes mobile app, elected winner by the jury in Lyon, the Cloud Dancing performance installation, selected in Liège, and the award-winning organic Digital Umbilical experience, chosen in London.
BY THE SAME TOKEN, THE FOUNDATION HAS BEEN A PARTNER
of Fabrique Chaillot for three years. This ingenious scheme in- volves offering, either at the Béjart Studio of the Chaillot National Theatre, or at the Theatre in Annonay, in Ardèche, in collabora- tion with the La Baraka d Abou Lagraa company, a two-to-three- week residency without any creative constraints. In addition to a venue, where required, participants are also provided with accommodation, as well as artistic, financial, technical and ad- ministrative support. In 2019, the AOE company, La Fronde, Michelle Noiret and Luigia Rive, among other artists, all expe- rienced this true creative melting pot.
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