These priorities were an expression of a desire to re-establish the balance
between Paris and the regions by reinforcing the partnership between central
and regional government. As a response to the new artistic realities which came
up against a static and overburdened institutional system, a large part of the
new funding, more than half, was earmarked for the support of new
disciplines: dance, circus, street theatre, contemporary music and experimental
work carried out in new venues described as ‘intermediate’ or ‘alternative’.