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Since 2012, la briqueterie has been involved in various networks and cooperation projects, positioning itself as a hub for international development. These projects promote the circulation of artists, mutual learning, and the fostering of intercultural exchanges. They facilitate a dialogue between dance and society, artists and residents, as well as the local and international community.
La briqueterie collaborates with a network of partners consisting of several dozen organizations from various nationalities and fields, including dance venues, festivals, museums, schools and universities, research centers, and associations. All these partners share a common vision of culture as a space for innovation and democracy, with dance as a catalyst for change. This community of like-minded individuals supports projects that, as they grow, reach and engage other local and international entities, inspiring them to get involved in turn.
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Aerowaves is a promotion platformfor young dance in Europe, made of 46 partners from 34 European countries. La briqueterie has been its French representative since 2014. Each year, following an open call, the network chooses 20 choreographs based on the video material submitted and then promotes it through cross-border performances.
During the Spring Forward festival, the artists selected by the Aerowaves’s partners are presented in front of programmers coming from all over the world.
After Ljubljana, Bassano del Grappa, Zurich,Umea, Barcelona, Pilsen, Aarhus et Sofia, the Val-de-Marne territory received the festival in 2019, thanks to a partnership between the Val-de-Marne’s Biennial dance festival, four theatres partners and one contemporary artmuseum.
With Springback Academy, Aerowaves offers a unique, intensive opportunity for budding dance writers resident in Europe (EU and non-EU) to be mentored by professional dance journalists during an international festival. The Academy takes place at Aerowaves’ Spring Forward festival in a different European city each year, with 10 participants selected by open call, accompanied by 4 mentors. Each participant reviews a selection of performances at Spring Forward, with short reviews published online during the festival. Afterwards, each writer also contributes a more free-form text that reflects their experiences.
From 2023 to 2024, la briqueterie supports Fatime N’Doye among the three young programmers who will have received a grant from the Startup Forum. This programme, launched in 2022, identifies 10 young European programmers who have the opportunity to follow the Spring Forward festival and enter in conversation with 4 Aerowaves members. They are then invited to submit a project that will contribute to the visibility of Aerowaves artists. Fatima N’Doye’s project foresees an exchange between Aerowaves artists from the African diaspora and young artists from the African continent. It is a partnership between Duo Solo Danse (Dance festival in Saint Louis, Senegal) and the Théâtre Paris-Villette, as part of the Génération A festival.
EDN – European Dance Development Network, is a network of contemporary dance organisations. Its common mission is strengthening the role of contemporary dance in shaping more diverse, equitable and sustainable models through:
● Advocacy and research: mediate and create awareness of the specificity of contemporary dance and to strengthen the onward movement of the dance sector on a European level.
● Capacity building: creating conditions for exchanges and facilitating knowledge sharing.
● Connecting and collaborating with organisations, other networks and stakeholders to enhance the relevance of diverse dance, audiences and citizens' engagement.
Established in 2009 and composed by 48 members from 28 European countries, EDN is coordinated by an office team and governed by its members and the board of directors.
On the 22nd and 23rd of March 2023, as part of the Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne festival, la briqueterie organised the Atelier: “Equity in dance: what challenges?”.
Read: Summary - Alexandra Baybutt / Article - Yasen Vasilev (in english)
Listen: Podcast - Marie Pons (in french and english)
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● Exchange residency Vitry-Barcelona
La briqueterie has an ongoing exchange residency programme with Graner - Creation Center for Dance and Performing Arts, since 2021. In 2023, in collaboration la Briqueterie hosted the Catalan artist Soren Evinson in residency. Simultaneously, artist Acauã Shereya was welcomed in Barcelona. This collaboration is supported by the Institut Ramon Llull. The next residency exchange will take place in November 2024.
● Nouveau Grand Tour
Developed by the Institute of France Italia (IFI) / French Embassy in Italy, Nouveau Grand Tour is a research-oriented programme intended for young European artists of less than 30 years old. La briqueterie welcomes Italian company Parini Secondo from 22nd January to13th February 2024.
● Étape danse
Initiated by the Theater and Dance Department / French Institute in Germany, this programme of trilateral and international residencies supports each year three new dance productions selected in France, Germany, and Italy. La briqueterie will welcome a German artist and an Italian artist in autumn 2024, while French company Collectif ÈS will spend time in Germany and Italy in spring/summer 2024.
Étape danse is led in partnership with the Fabrik Potsdam, INTERPLAY - International Contemporary Dance Festival in Turin, in partnership with the Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo.