On 17 and 18 January 2019, the Centre Culturel Suisse (CCS) will present its new programme. It has been devised by Jean-Marc Diébold, CCS director since 1 October 2018, and Claire Hoffmann, head of visual arts programming. The programme launch gives carte blanche to performers Delgado Fuchs, who have invited musicians, performers and dancers to contribute to a special two-evening event.
At the beginning of October 2018, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia appointed Jean-Marc Diébold as the new Centre Culturel Suisse director: «I was delighted to take over the CCS, the French platform for contemporary Swiss creation. The mission is exciting, because Swiss artists are highly creative across all disciplines.» The CCS has been promoting Swiss artists and disseminating their works in Paris and France for over thirty years.
Jean-Marc Diébold has trusted visual arts programming to curator and art historian Claire Hoffmann. The inaugural season focuses on stimulating debate. It gives priority to artists committed to engaging with the transformations driving today’s world and whose work explores artistic forms and their relationship to creation with particular attention to diversity. «We are convinced that the Swiss and French artistic scenes have much to share about the manifold changes shaping contemporary society.»
The 2019 programme features a range of newly designed events: Jazz will take centre-stage on the first Wednesday of every month. Every semester will promote a particular artistic discipline across France, beginning with a series of drama evenings including readings and stage productions by Swiss performing artists. From April to June 2019, some fifteen French-speaking and German-speaking authors will gather in Paris and then in Avignon to present their vision of the contemporary world. The 2019 programme also includes transdisciplinary sessions that will offer artists, intellectuals, practitioners, specialists and visitors an opportunity to share their ideas on a series of exhibitions and related themes.
The Centre Culturel Suisse is already well known in Paris. The challenge in the coming years will be to maintain its dynamism and to extend its acclaim beyond the capital. In particular, the expansion of programme partnerships and the increased use of external venues should contribute to this.
Delgado Fuchs & guests
17 and 18 January 2019
Delgado Fuchs, Malcolm Braff, Krassen Krastev, Emma Murray, Julian Sartorius, Till Hillbrecht, Simone Felber, Alexandre Rabineau
Commissioned to host two evenings at the Centre Culturel Suisse, performance duo Marco Delgado and Nadine Fuchs have invited various artists whose work they esteem. Situated between dance, performing arts, visual arts, installations and music, the curated programme affirms the duo’s penchant for fluidity, transdisciplinarity and complicity. The various guest productions will create an immersive and richly faceted environment designed to stimulate curiosity and to encourage the audience to make fresh discoveries. The launch will conclude with a festive ball at the Centquatre-Paris on Saturday 19 January, the first step toward opening up the CCS to partner institutions in Paris and France.
Delgado Fuchs & guests
Thursday, 17 January, 9pm
Friday, 18 January, 6 or 9pm
Tickets: 5 euros
The 2019 programme will soon be available at ccsparis.com
The Centre Culturel Suisse (CCS)
Founded in 1985, the CCS is a branch of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Its objective is to promote contemporary Swiss creation in France while supporting exchange between the countries’ artistic scenes. Its two exhibition rooms, stage and bookshop provide a platform for all artistic disciplines and interdisciplinary projects.
Thursday 17 January 2019, 4pm.
New images are available on request from 19 January 2019
Swiss Cultural Centre – Paris
+33 (0)1 42 71 95 67
Pro Helvetia, The Swiss Arts Council
+41 (0)44 267 71 51
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
and Centre culturel suisse – Paris
9 January 2019