Architecture

The Choreography Centre boasts many specific architectural and technical features. The building which officially opened in March 1997 is home to a full spectrum of dance-related activities: experimentation and exploration, rehearsals, creation and performance of dance shows. The overall surface area is 3,200m².

Agora's courtyard © Marc Coudrais
Ursulines Marc Coudrais
1 / 22 — Cour de l'Agora © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's reception © Marc Coudrais
2 / 22 — Accueil ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's reception © Marc Coudrais
3 / 22 — Accueil ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's hall © Marc Coudrais
4 / 22 — Hall ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's hall © Marc Coudrais
5 / 22 — Hall ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's hall © Marc Coudrais
6 / 22 — Hall ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
ICI—CCN's hall © Marc Coudrais
7 / 22 — Hall ICI—CCN © Marc Coudrais
Bagouet studio © Marc Coudrais
8 / 22 — Studio Bagouet © Marc Coudrais
Bagouet studio © Marc Coudrais
9 / 22 — Studio Bagouet (Jardin) © Marc Coudrais
Bagouet studio © Marc Coudrais
10 / 22 — Studio Bagouet © Marc Coudrais
Bagouet studio © Marc Coudrais
11 / 22 — Studio Bagouet (Gradins) © Marc Coudrais
Bagouet studio © Marc Coudrais
12 / 22 — Studio Bagouet (Fond) © Marc Coudrais
Yano studio © Marc Coudrais
13 / 22 — Studio Yano © Marc Coudrais
Yano studio © Marc Coudrais
14 / 22 — Studio Yano © Marc Coudrais
Yano studio © Marc Coudrais
15 / 22 — Studio Yano © Marc Coudrais
The Atelier studio © Marc Coudrais
16 / 22 — Studio l'Atelier © Marc Coudrais
The Atelier studio © Marc Coudrais
17 / 22 — Studio l'Atelier © Marc Coudrais
La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
18 / 22 — La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
19 / 22 — La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
20 / 22 — La chambre d'écho © Marc Coudrais
La chambre d'écho (SMITH's exhibition) © Marc Coudrais
21 / 22 — La chambre d'écho (SMITH's exhibition) © Marc Coudrais
La chambre d'écho (SMITH's exhibition) © Marc Coudrais
22 / 22 — La chambre d'écho (SMITH's exhibition) © Marc Coudrais

The building is composed of two main sections; a new, fully refurbished and shamelessly modern wing rubs shoulders with a renovated more ancient wing. The coupling of the two architectural styles has been carefully administered, combining stone and glass, metal and wood, to produce a technically high-performance ensemble. The new wing comprises a dance studio, which is able to welcome an audience thanks to tailored mechanics: removable seating transforms the studio (originally 300m²) into a 120-person performance venue, fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology (control room, machinery for sets, sound and lighting, air conditioning). This new studio (the Bagouet studio*) is located in the former convent courtyard and is named after choreographer and founder of the National Choreographic Centre of Montpellier, Dominique Bagouet.

Three rehearsal studios: the Gert studio**, — otherwise known as the Chambre d'écho, has become an exhibition space dedicated to visual creation mixed with choreography — the Yano studio***  and the Atelier, are all located in the refurbished, ancient part of the building along with dressing rooms and offices.

Overall, this gives the Choreographic Centre a total surface area of 700m² of studio space for professional dancers to work in daily and for public performances. There is also an on-site costume workshop. A large glass roof connects the different parts of the convent together around a spacious lobby.


* Dominique Bagouet (1951-1992): Dancer, choreographer, and founder of the National Choreographic Centre of Montpellier.

** Valeska Gert (1892- 978): German dancer, mime-artist, actress and cabaret performer. From the start of her career, she broke away from what she called “aesthetic dance so appreciated by middle-class culture”.

*** Hideyuki Yano (1943-1988): Japanese dancer and choreographer.

highlighted dates: public open activities

June 2018

  • 6
    "d'après une histoire vraie" by Christian Rizzo
  • 12
    Par/ICI: — Nadia Lauro et Zeena Parkins
  • 13 to 14
    Publications master exerce