Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s daring, ever-evolving contemporary arts festival, launched an enlightening new cultural initiative, BRIDGING: A French-American Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts.
These two artist talks, supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, have been presented in conjunction with three exciting, contemporary performances: “breakdance world champion” Anne Nguyen’s pulsating Autarcie (…) a search for self-sufficiency and Graphic Cyphers, as well as choreographer Rachid Ouramdane’s haunting TORDRE (WROUGHT). Each performance is charged with an electrifying emotional intensity, while delivering searing socio-political messages. BRIDGING attempts to verbalize these messages in a cross-cultural, intellectual discourse.
Firoz Ladak, CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Paris, Geneva, New York, discussed the importance of BRIDGING, and why contemporary art is so vital to making sense of the world around us.
“The BRIDGING partnership with the French Institute in New York was conceived as part of cross-Atlantic questioning around issues of diversity,” Ladak said. “This is an area where we are very active in France through theater, but also in business and in health, because we as a network of the Rothschild Foundation very much believe that diversity is key to ensure society’s good.”
Watch the interview with Firoz Ladak.