France, Belgium, Germany, Quebec, West Africa, United States, Germany, Chile, Mexico… The five winning companies of the 3rd AVIAMA Puppets and Mobilities grant on April 15, 2021 will be able to continue to stretch their strings across borders.

In spite of the constraints on culture and mobility, AVIAMA is affirming its support for artists more than ever by maintaining its mobility grant. For this third selection, it has even increased its overall budget to 10,000 euros. Five new companies (2,000 euros each) and sixteen artists will continue their collaboration, research, residency and touring projects throughout the world during the coming months.

Chaired by the city of Charleville-Mézières (France), the jury of the Puppets and Mobilities 2021 grants, made up of the cities of Iida (Japan), Pilsen (Czech Republic), Tolosa (Spain) and Tournai (Belgium), is offering a grant of 2,000 euros to each of the following companies :

CréatureS compagnie (France)

Grant for a collaboration on the Petits Pains Oubliés project with various partners in Quebec.

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Compagnie El Caracol (Belgium – France)

Grant for a tour of the show The life of Alceste in West Africa in partnership with the Centre Ivoire Marionnette and ACMUR in Burkina Faso.

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Compagnie Infra (Belgium)

Poussière/Cie Infra

Grant awarded for artistic residencies of the show Dust (creation planned in 2022) at the Tas de Sable – Che Panses Vertes in Amiens (France) and at the Maison de la Marionnette in Tournai (Belgium).

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Design by Ombline De Benque

Compagnie Yôkaï (France)

Grant for research and experimentation stages by videoconference and in physics with a meeting planned in Los Angeles around the creation Invisible Awakening, in partnership with the JIM HENSON’S CREATURE SHOP film studio.

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Rafi Martin (Germany)

Grant for a tour of the shows Wax-en and /Not/ in my name in Chile and Mexico in partnership with the Goethe Institute, and the SACO Biennial of Contemporary Art in Chile.

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The jury’s selection criteria included: the professionalization of young companies; links with Aviama’s member cities; relevant, high-quality artistic files and artistic projects at different stages of creation (research, residency periods, tours, etc.); high visibility for AVIAMA thanks to the trust placed in the projects of these companies on their territory and internationally; interesting and well-argued files.

The next call for applications for the Puppet and Mobility 2022 grants will be available in October 2021. A new jury will be appointed for a period of 3 years at the next AVIAMA General Assembly in September 2021. Do not hesitate to spread this call and to follow us on social networks for more information.

Photo illustation of the article : Rafi Martin (credit : Shiran Eliaserov)

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