"Danse élargie"

Danse élargie 2018 © Laurent Philippe
Danse élargie 2018 © Laurent Philippe
Danse élargie 2018 © Laurent Philippe
(La) Horde, show "To Da Bone", 2017 © Laurent-Philippe
Jeong Seyoung, show "Deus ex Machina", 2017 © LG Arts Center/JD Woo
Danse Élargie seeks to show just how open the performing arts are to a wide range of artistic practices. Taking place every two years, the competition helps new talent emerge. As part of its Artists in the Community programme, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès co-organises this event, at the same time as supporting development residencies and the programming of a selection of artists who are invited to present their work in professional conditions.

First imagined in 2010 by Boris Charmatz, director of the Musée de la Danse in Rennes (2009-2018) and the Terrain dance company, and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, director of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, with support from the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Danse Élargie is open to artists of all disciplines and nationalities via an online call for projects. Twenty or so finalists are selected among the hundreds of applicants to perform on the stage of the Théâtre de la Ville in front of a panel of international artists and an enthusiastic audience over a weekend in June. The rules of the competition are at once simple and original: a minimum of three performers, working in any mode of artistic expression, for a maximum of ten minutes.

While the prize winners receive a financial award, every finalist receives support to raise the profile of their work. In September of the year following the competition, Focus Jeunes Chorégraphes Danse Élargie is organised by the Théâtre de la Ville. This initiative, which is similarly supported by the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, gives a selection of artists the opportunity to perform their work in professional conditions, opening the season at the Théâtre des Abbesses.

Since 2022, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès and its partner institutions have also offered residencies that seek to help finalists consolidate their practices. A selection of artists are invited to develop in greater depth the works they have previously presented in the competition, refining them so that they can be presented in professional settings. The residencies are spread across a range of partner institutions, so as to encourage encounters between artists and different regions, professional contexts and creative peers. This scheme enables emerging artists to take part in a series of residencies that provide vital support to the development of their work and their careers.

Edition after edition, Danse Élargie has confirmed its role as a springboard for emerging talent from all horizons and whose scenic languages transcend disciplinary boundaries. Artists including Mithkal Alzghair, Mohamed El Khatib, Tatiana Julien, Simon Tanguy, Noé Soulier, Leïla Ka and (LA)HORDE all received critical attention thanks to this unique competition, which has been supported since its launch by the Foundation as part of its Artists in the Community programme.

Performing arts
Théâtre de la Ville
The Danse Élargie competition encourages performance works that go beyond the beaten track and foreground the blending of disciplines.
Before an international panel of artists and an enthusiastic audience, young talents experiment with new ways of activating the theatre stage.
Beyond the competition itself, artists are supported as they develop their creations and present them to the public.


  • Danse Élargie 2024

    Organized by:

    • Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
    • La compagnie terrain – Boris Charmatz
    • Cndc - Angers, directed by Noé Soulier
    • La Comédie de Valence
    • CDN Drôme-Ardèche, directed by Marc Lainé
    • Fondation d'entreprise Hermès


    June 15 & 16, 2024
    At Théâtre de la Ville
    2 pl. du Châtelet, 75004 Paris

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  • Danse Élargie 2024


    • A Very Eye
      Tumbleweed | Angela Rabaglio, Micaël Florentz
    • Beste Cantate
      La Drache | Juliette Chevalier
    • Courtship Display (Birds of Paradise)
      Tiia Kasurinen
    • Danse fragile
      Compagnie Híbrida | Renato Cruz, Aline Teixeira
    • Disengage
      Compagnie Duniaté Culture Ltd | Joshua Akubo Gabriel
    • Épopées
      Compagnie Ulysse & Ernest | Lou Cantor
    • F.I.C.T.I.O.N.S
      Annabelle Dvir
    • Gaillarde
      Compagnie Unplush | Marion Zurbach
    • Game Theory
      Cie Joshua Monten | Joshua Monten
    • Gueule au brou
      Samuel Planas
    • Gush Is Great
      Création Collective | Simon Le Borgne, Julie Botet, Zoé Lakhnati, Max Gomard, Philomène Jander, Ulysse Zangs
    • L'heure du thé
      La Pieuvre | Rebecca Journo
    • La danse macabre
      Minuit Compagnie | Pauline Bayard
    • Les jeux
      Checho Tamayo
    • Nora
      Liam Francis
    • Organicitées
      Cie 3arancia | Marion Blondeau
    • Sabotage
      Sara Angius, Johanna Ehlert
    • S.T.U.C.K.
      Mounia Nassangar
    • Tous les Français
      Compagnie Prémisses | Simon Roth
  • 2022 winners
    • 1st prize: Leïla Ka, Bouffées (France)
    • 2nd prize : Omori Yoko, Help (Japon)
    • 3rd prize : Jerson Diasonama, CORE (France)
    • Prize of the Jury of the Young: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Coconot Effect (Grèce)
    • Technicians Prize: ex aequo, Abdallah Damra, What did you do behind the curtain? (Palestine) and Omori Yoko, Help (Japon)



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