Throughout the year, the American Center for Art and Culture welcomes artists as part of creation and/ or research residencies. All artistic disciplines are represented: live performance – including dance, theatre and installation – literature, music … The length and conditions of each residency, as well as potential support, are determined according to the projects and the needs of the artists within the framework of co-productions. Each residency culminates with public showings and discussions, to discover the creations and interact with the artists supported by the Center. The residency program provides professional artists with an opportunity to engage with an international audience.
The program was launched in 2015 with a residency by renowned American choreographer Jennifer Lacey, who premiered the sold out Lieu Historique, a joyous, site-specific performance that oscillates between physical presence, withdrawal and distancing.
In 2016, DD Dorvillier pursued her work at the Center around A catalog of steps, a set of more than 300 choreographic fragments taken from videos of her works created in New York between 1990 and 2004, classified in a catalog according to an invented taxonomy.
In the summer of 2017, choreographic duo Gerard & Kelly were in a residence at the Center in preparation for their performances Reusable Parts/Endless Love, Timelining and State of, which we supported and co- produced for the Festival d’automne that same year. Creating links between dance, language and architecture, Gerard & Kelly invites us to reflect on our most intimate relationships.
Between September 2018 and April 2019, The Big Funk Company and Barefoot Productions were in residence at the Center to create their new musical theater work MAYA, UNE VOIX, freely inspired by the autobiographical novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
In May 2019, in partnership with the CAPSO (Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Saint-Omer), the Center was pleased to welcome in residence choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland as part of Germe, a performative installation between art and science. The result is an intimate experience through the tendrils of an organism developing virally before our eyes.