program 2024
Cité internationale
des arts x CN D

Submission of applications
Next call for applications in 2024 for both residency periods.

The "Centre national de la danse x Cité internationale des arts" residency is for choreographers working and living outside of France. The objective of this residency is to promote the mobility of professionals and to enlarge their network.
For the choreographer, it is an opportunity to make their work known in France and to feed their research.

With this program, the Centre national de la danse and the Cité internationale des arts are committed to supporting the project of each laureate by allowing him/her to benefit from a privileged accompaniment and a three-month residency in Paris and Pantin

All the information and practical questions to read below
(thank you for consulting these elements before submitting your application).

For the period January 4 to March 31, 2024

Mai Juli Machado

Mai Júli Machado Nhapulo began dancing professionally in 2012, and then began training in singing and sports and classical dance at the Mozambique Association of Sports Dance Athletes. In 2016, she trained in contemporary dance techniques at Casa da Cultura in Maputo with choreographer Panaibra Canda. Between 2021 and 2022, as part of choreographer Idio Chichava's company, she performed in two choreographic pieces (One Way and Vagabonds).

Since 2021, she has taken part in several international artistic programs: an artistic residency in Lisbon (Portugal) entitled Itinéraires, an exchange between P.A.R.T.S Master's students and dancers at Ecole des Sables (Senegal), and a one-month internship at the CNCD in Angers. In 2022, she was awarded the "DanceWeb" contemporary dance scholarship as part of the Impulstanz festival (Austria).

Since 2023, Mai Júli Machado Nhapulo has been performing in choreographer Mathilde Monnier's latest piece, Black Lights, with several tour dates in France and Europe.

Her first dance piece was selected and supported by the French Institute, and she presented it at the Kinani Festival in 2023. She was then selected to represent Mozambique at the contemporary dance competition in Burkina Faso in December 2023.

She is currently pursuing research for her piece Sinais Particulares, about female genital mutilation and contemporary sexual slavery among women in Africa. She explores the choreographic heritage of such great figures as Dada Masilo, Germaine Acogny and Robyn Orlin, while continuing to develop her own choreographic aesthetic.

For the period April 1 to June 30 2024

Wojciech Grudzinski

Born in 1991, Wojciech Grudziński is a Polish artist, choreographer and dancer based in Amsterdam. He is a graduate of the Roman Turczynowicz Ballet School in Warsaw and the contemporary dance faculty of CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. His work questions the spaces of interdisciplinarity from a queer perspective. Rooted in the emancipatory power of dance and performance, his artistic practice explores the implicit and explicit power dynamics of theater and choreography. Throughout his training, Grudziński participated in performances and workshops led by artists such as Amanda Piña, Nora Chipaumire, Daniela Bershan, Ivo Dimchev, Keith Hennessy. He has collaborated with Dries Verhoeven, Marta Ziółek and Ula Sickle, among others. He took part in the Warsaw revival of Jérôme Bel's Gala. Throughout his Master Studies at DAS Theatre (2021-2023), Grudziński explored the bowing gesture and its ambiguous meanings.

Since 2016, Wojciech Grudziński has created 6 pieces (SLAVE4YOU, 2016 - PAX, 2017, POPULUXE, 2018) including three group pieces (RODOS, 2019 - DANCE MOM, 2021 - BOW A STUDY, 2023).

He is working on his next creation THREESOME, a project questioning institutional violence, dance and sexuality through the trajectory of three queer artists from the 1960s to the 1980s, the three ballet dancers Stanisław Szymański, Gerard Wilk and Wojciech Wiesiołowski. Interweaving archives and choreographic scores, and also providing an insight into the non-institutionalized practices of these three Communist-era Polish artists, this solo explores the performer’s body as a phantom and complex terrain capable of regaining and embodying the ghostly life of queer ancestry. THREESOME is an attempt to incorporate the history of vanishing and rejection, an attempt to resign and dedicate yourself to someone in order to vanish or exist even more.

The residency

The winner benefits from :
- A three-month artistic residency, either from January to March 2024 or from April to June 2024, at the Cité internationale des arts, in a studio/living space composed of a work space and a furnished living space (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, wifi Internet connection), located in the heart of Paris.
- Studio time/work space at the Centre national de la danse in Pantin, located northeast of Paris.
- A privileged artistic and professional accompaniment: access to the networks and documentary resources of both partners.

This program includes :
- International transportation to and from Paris, with VISA and travel insurance.
- A living allowance of € 1,000 per month.
- A production grant of € 1,500.
- A time of restitution whose format will be defined according to the project of the laureate.

Eligibility and selection criteria

To participate in the call for applications, the artist must
- Reside outside French territory.
- Be at least 25 years old on the application deadline (14.12.2022).
- Proof of professional artistic activity for three years.
- Have already developed one or more choreographic creation projects.