Archives Internationales de la Danse [International Archives of Dance (AID)] (1931–1952) By Andus L’Hotellier, Sanja
The Archives Internationales de la Danse (AID) was a pioneering dance foundation created by Rolf de Maré in Paris in 1931. Devoted to dance in all its forms and global manifestations, this unique venue comprised a dance museum, library, archive, a sociology and ethnography section, conference hall, and an exhibition and performance space. Created as a response to the institutional void for dance, AID focussed its activities in four general areas—exhibitions, choreography competitions, research, and publication. Between 1932 and 1947 AID produced thirteen exhibitions and three international choreographic competitions, in addition to promoting research through its collections and ethnographic projects, and publishing a quarterly journal, La Revue des A.I.D. (The AID Review), from 1933 to 1937. In a landscape marked by the preeminence of classical dance, AID supported modern forms of choreography, the exploration of non-Western traditions, and the creation of an innovative research environment.