History of the site

Located at the very centre of Montpellier, the ICI — National Choreographic Centre of Montpellier is housed in the former Ursulines Convent.

Ursuline's plan
Plan des Ursulines

Designed in 1997 by architects Florence Lipsky and Pascal Rollet, this is a place of creation, research and targeted training for contemporary dance, with artistic ambitions which are both national and international.
The effervescent world of dance resides within this atypical architectural ensemble, heir to many decades of history.
The Agora (the International City of Dance) was created in 2010, under the initial influence of Dominique Bagouet. The final phase of the project included full refurbishment of the buildings, which are today entirely dedicated to dance and all areas of choreography: creation, programme planning, training, audience outreach, artists in residence, accommodation, etc.

The CCN is the newly created Occitanie region’s only choreographic centre.

Choreographic Centres were first created in 1984. Today, there are 19 in France. They are the cross-roads between a wide-reaching artistic movement and a cultural policy for spatial planning, between the French government and local authorities. ICI—CCN is the only Choreographic Centre in the newly established region Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée.

On January 1st 2015 Christian Rizzo took over as the Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, which has been renamed ICI (International Choreographic Institute). He supports a crosscutting vision of creation, training, artistic education and openness to the public. Based on various practices and territories, this project is primarily a forward-looking space dealing effectively with inviting artists, creating the choreographic gesture and studying the forms that it can take when shared.

highlighted dates: public open activities

Archives

April 2019

  • 3 to 6
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo
  • 10
    Le club de danse — Ghyslaine Gau
  • 11
    Sortie de résidence — Alicja Czyczel
  • 12 to 17
    Résidence Par/ICI: — Olivia Grandville
  • 15 to 21
    Résidence de recherche et de création : Aina Alegre

    ICI—CCN
    — en partenariat avec La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie et la Sala Hiroshima - Barcelone (Espagne)

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  • 15
    Sortie de résidence — Alicja Czyczel
  • 16
    Par/ICI: — Olivia Grandville
  • 17
    Par/ICI: — Olivia Grandville
  • 18
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    Auditorium Pitot, Pont du Gard (France)
    — La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie en coréalisation avec le Pont du Gard

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  • 18
    Fenêtre sur résidence — Aina Alegre

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 19h [entrée libre]

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  • 22 to 26
    "Workshop" avec Vincent Dupont

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 10h à 17h [amateurs avancés et danseurs professionnels]

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  • 23
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    mené par Christine Jouve et Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → de 18h30 à 20h30 [tous publics]

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  • 26
    "comme crâne, comme culte" by Christian Rizzo

    Le Merlan, Scène nationale de Marseille (France)

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  • 27
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Teatro Municipal do Porto (Portugal)
    — in the framework of Festival DDD – Dias da Dança 2019 

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May 2019

  • 9 to 11
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    ADC, Genève (Switzerland)

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  • 10 to 11
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    deSingel, Anvers (Belgium)

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  • 15
    Le club de danse — Lluis Ayet

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → de 19h à 21h [tous publics]

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  • 21 to 22
    Publications M2 — Master exerce

    Présentation publique des travaux des étudiants en 2de année
    ICI—CCN → 19h [entrée libre]

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  • 22 to 25
    "comme crâne, comme culte." by Christian Rizzo

    L’Empreinte - Scène nationale Brive / Tulle, Brive (France)
    — in the framework of "Danse en mai 2019"

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  • 27 May to 5 July
    Exposition "Échauffement général" de Jocelyn Cottencin

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN [entrée libre]
    → mercredis et jeudis de 14h à 18h / vendredis de 14h à 17h

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June 2019

  • 11 to 12
    Publications M1 — Master exerce

    Présentation publique des travaux des étudiants en 1re année
    ICI—CCN → 19h [entrée libre]

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  • 14 to 16
    "d'après une histoire vraie" by Christian Rizzo

    West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong-Kong (China)
    — in the framework of Le French May Arts Festival

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  • 22 to 23
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Festival Montpellier Danse 2019, Montpellier (France)
    — in co-accueil with the Printemps des Comédiens

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