"Danse élargie"

Jun 2018
Jun 2019
Danse élargie
Poster of the 5th edition of "Danse élargie" © Théâtre de la Ville
To Da Bone
(La) Horde, show "To Da Bone", 2017 © Laurent-Philippe
Deus ex Machina
Jeong Seyoung, show "Deus ex Machina", 2017 © LG Arts Center/JD Woo
Boris Charmatz, show "CRASH TEST", 2016 © Laurent-Philippe
Alongside its New Settings programme, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports various other open and socially conscious initiatives in the performing arts, including "Danse élargie". Launched in 2010, this biannual competition revolves around an original set-up and an ambitious gamble that aims to transform the stage into a site for transdisciplinary artistic encounters and experiments.

Created by the Musée de la Danse (Rennes) and the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), "Danse élargie" is open to artists from across all disciplines and from countries around the world. Each edition begins with an online call for projects, and with an increasing number of submissions every year the competition now functions as a veritable artistic springboard. Amongst the hundreds of candidates, twenty or so finalists are selected to perform before a jury of international artists and an enthusiastic audience. The rules of the game are as simple as they are original: at least three performers, free choice in the form of artistic expression, and a maximum of ten minutes.

Some of the competition winners are invited to develop their short-format works into longer performances that are staged at the Théâtre de la Ville the following year. For the artists, this represents an opportunity to benefit from a rare and valuable accompaniment and to present their work at a prestigious venue. For the theatre’s artistic directors, meanwhile, this encounter offers an unmissable chance to identify emerging talents whose work is developing new, transdisciplinary languages. Previous laureates who have gone on to become established performers include Mithkal Alzghaïr, Mohamed El Khatib, Tatiana Julien, Lénio Kaklea, Simon Tanguy, Noé Soulier and (LA)HORDE.

In 2018, the fifth edition of "Danse élargie" welcomes eighteen finalists, chosen from over 460 candidates from seventy countries. 

Performing arts
Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / Espace Cardin
"Danse élargie" was founded with the ambitious aim of promoting tomorrow’s talents through a rigorous but joyous event.
The "Danse élargie" competition encourages the cross-fertilisation of disciplines through unique and original performances.
Before a supportive jury made up of confirmed artists, young creators experiment with new ways of occupying the stage.


Practical information

The 2018 edition of "Danse" élargie will be held
on June 16 and 17, 2018.

Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / Espace Cardin
1 Avenue Gabriel,
75008 Paris


Jury members of the 2018 edition:

  • Marine Brutti (La)Horde, choregrapher (France)
  • Séverine Chavrier, director, pianist (France)
  • Nora Chipaumire, choregrapher (Zimbabwe/United States)
  • Ann Veronica Janssens, artist (Belgium)
  • Benjamin Pech, principal dancer at Opéra national de Paris (France)
  • Sébastien Ramirez, choregrapher (France)
  • Hooman Sharifi, choregrapher (Iran/Norway)

Laureates of the 2016 edition:

  • First prize : Mithkal Alzghair Déplacement (Syria, Turkey)
  • Second prize : Collectif (La)Horde (Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel) To Da Bone (France, Quebec, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine)
  • Third prize : Lyon Eun Kwon Glory (South Korea)

See also