Application

Next program: October 2018 – June 2020

In 2011 the exerce program was turned into a Master and welcomed a new promotion of students every two years. From now on, a new group of students will enrol in the MA every year. The first and second year will then co-exist. A smaller number of students in each promotion will enhance individual research, facilitate exchanges, mobility and collaborations between the first and second year students. This dynamics of welcoming young artists each season will nourish and be nourished by the choreographic activities of research, creation and sharing that take place within ICI—CCN.

Entry requirements (2 stages)

  1. Written application
  2. Audition at Montpellier, on 18th, 19th and 20th January, 2018 

Student profile

This Master will be open to applicants above 22 years of age and already committed to a path as a choreographic artist or coming from other artistic fields (plastic arts, music, theatre, cinema and digital technology) and concerned with the body and movement. 

They must have higher art education (BA or equivalent) or equivalant work experience. 

Applicants must remain available during both years of the Master. 

Students must have a good command of French and English when they join the Master.

"L’ES(CRI)TURAS" d'Isabela Santana © Marc Coudrais
"L’ES(CRI)TURAS" d'Isabela Santana © Marc Coudrais

The goals of the master

MA exerce is intended for young artists willing to both develop and clarify the stakes around individual research in relation to contemporary choreographic creation as well as interacting with other fields of arts and thought. 

The purpose is to promote students’ capacity of self-reliance so that they can create their own working methods, find the theoretical resources required as part of their practice, define specific forms of collaboration, stage presence and skills relevant to their work. 

A vital part of the program is the sharing of their own personal research with other participants in the program. Students are asked to take part in joint projects, to provide advice, and support to other students’ work and to reflect on individual and collective forms of work in use in contemporary creation.

This program of study values understanding of aesthetic, social, economic and political issues of the various contexts from which art and art practices emerge from.


Various aspects of the 2018-2020 session:     

— lab sessions combining theory and practice, run by artists, researchers and thinkers invited to share their questions and processes and to give feedback on the work of students;     

— a regular practice to nourish and support physical availability, potential and imagination as resources to be activated in projects as a dance performer, author or researcher;     

— time dedicated to individual research, with various coaching options (presence of a coach for long-term supervision, feedback systems generated by Exerce group, etc.);     

— mobility outside of Montpellier for students access resources required as part of their research; gain a greater understanding of the contemporary art field and begin to situate their own work in relation to it.

Since 2015, have been invited:

Artists: Thierry Baë, Marcus Bergner, Wally Cardona, Brigitte Chataignier, Volmir Cordeiro, Jocelyn Cottencin, Marceline Delbecq, DD Dorvillier, Vincent Dupont, Miguel Gutierrez, Jurij Konjar, Jennifer Lacey, Nadia Lauro, I-Fang Lin, Emmanuelle Lyon, Caty Olive, Paula Pi, Laurent Pichaud, Christine Quoiraud, Lia Rodrigues, Carme Torrent, Myriam Van Imschoot.  

Researchers and other professional: Mathieu Argaud, Clarisse Bardiot, Anne Bautz, Bojana Bauer, Frédéric Delord, Anne Fontanesi, Isabelle Ginot, Marie Glon, Myrto Katsiki, Anne Kerzerho, Alix De Morant, Mahalia Lassibille, Isabelle Launay, Catherine Lenoble, Didier Plassard, Julie Perrin, Marie Preston, Clara Rousseau (La Belle Ouvrage), Petra Sabisch, Geneviève Vincent, Gwénola Wagon 

exerce partners since 2015:

L’Atelline - Montpellier, ZAT - Montpellier, festival Tropisme - Montpellier, Festival Montpellier Danse, Association Sentiers - Lamelouze, Festival Uzès Danse, Musée Fabre - Montpellier, La Villa Arson - Nice, La Panacée - Montpellier, CN D – Pantin, Honolulu- Nantes, Palais de Tokyo - Paris, Maus Habitos – Porto,  réseau européen Life Long Burning, TJP Strasbourg – Rencontres internationales, Nouveau Musée de Monaco, Festival Parallèle – Marseille, Honolulu – Nantes, Carré d’art de Nîmes, Festival A domicile – Guissény, Au bout du plongeoir – Rennes, ESBAMA – Montpellier Agglomération, Ecole d’architecture de Montpellier, Pavillon Bosio – Ecole d’art de Monaco, École nationale supérieure d’art de Paris Cergy,  HZT - Berlin, Master DOCH - Stockholm

MA exerce former students:

Mithkal Alzghair, Adaline Anobile, Ingrid Berger Myhre, Aria Boumpaki, Pauline Brun, Sorour Darabi, Mor Demer, Hamdi Dridi, Joao Dos Santos Martins, Arthur Eskenazi, Kaisha Essiane, Jule Flierl, Bruno Freire, Estelle Gautier, François Geslin, Noga Golan, Julie Gouju, Patrick Haradjabu, Seyoung Jeong, Anya Kravchenko, Ana Maria Krein, Min Kyoung Lee, Martin Lervik, Bastien Mignot, Paola Stella Minni, Olivier Muller, Pierre-Benjamin Nantel, Tidiani N’Diaye, Calixto Neto, Paula Pi, Renata Piotrowska, Pedro Prazeres, Lynda Rahal, Konstantinos Rizos, Viktor Ruban, Isabela Santana, Sacha Steurer, Kai Simon Stoeger, Samil Taskin, Davoud Zare.

Pedagogical team

MA exerce is under the joint supervision of Christian Rizzo and Didier Plassard, professor at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier.   

For the  conception and development of the master, Christian Rizzo works with Anne Kerzerho, pedagogical director and DD Dorvillier, artist-researcher associated to exerce. Marion Pradier, in charge of all the administrative aspects of the master, completes the ICI—CCN team.   

Didier Plassard, Alix de Morant, associate professor at Paul-Valery University and Myrto Katsiki, PHD student at the danse departement of Paris 8 give  theoretical and methodological support to the students for their written research during the two year program.

Presentation MA exerce: HERE

highlighted dates: public open activities

February 2018

  • 5 to 9
    Pratique du matin / exerce : DD Dorvillier
  • 6 to 8
    "d'à côté" de Christian Rizzo
  • 6 February to 24 March
    "TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo" ("IL" and "paysage") by Christian Rizzo and Iuan-Hau Chiang

    Centre chorégraphique national d'Orléans (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 12 to 15
    "Exercice commun" — Présentation publique des travaux des étudiants du master exerce
  • 12 to 13
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo
  • 13 to 14
    "le syndrome ian" by Christian Rizzo
  • 18 to 19
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo
  • 19 to 27
    Résidence de recherche et de création : Filipe Lourenço

    ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 21
    "d'à côté" de Christian Rizzo
  • 22
    "le syndrome ian" by Christian Rizzo

    Scène nationale d'Orléans (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 26
    Fenêtre sur résidence : Filipe Lourenço

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN 

    → 19h [entrée libre]

    En savoir plus

  • 27
    Atelier EN COMMUN

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

    En savoir plus

March 2018

  • 5 to 9
    Pratique du matin / exerce : I-Fang Lin

    "Interpréter"

    ICI—CCN → 10h à 12h [danseurs professionnels]

    En savoir plus

  • 6
    Atelier EN COMMUN

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

    En savoir plus

  • 7 to 8
    "Hauts Cris (miniature)" de Vincent Dupont

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 20h

    En savoir plus

  • 12 to 23
    Résidence Par/ICI: Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijevic

    ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 12
    Par/ICI: — Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijevic

    Forecasting un spectacle de Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijevic
    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN 
    → 20h

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  • 14
    Le club de danse : Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijevic

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN

    → de 19h à 21h [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 15 March to 12 April
    Exposition "en paysages"

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN [entrée libre]
    → mercredi et jeudi de 14h à 18h / vendredi de 14h à 17h

    En savoir plus

  • 15
    Ouverture de l'exposition "en paysages"

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN [entrée libre]
    → à 19h

    En savoir plus

  • 15 to 16
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    Le grand R, Scène nationale de La Roche-sur-Yon (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 16
    "sakınan göze çöp batar" by Christian Rizzo

    Le Périscope, Nîmes (France)
    — in corealisation with le CDC Uzès Danse

    En savoir plus

  • 17
    "le syndrome ian" by Christian Rizzo

    Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, Gradignan (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 19 to 20
    "le syndrome ian" de Christian Rizzo

    Le Centquatre, Paris (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 20
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    mené par Christine Jouve et Catherine Beziex

    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → de 18h30 à 20h30 [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 21 to 23
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    L'Onde Théâtre, Velizy-Villacoublay (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 22
    Par/ICI: — Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijevic

    How to perform a nation, étape de travail performée (création 2018)
    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN 

    → 19h

    En savoir plus

  • 22
    "comme crâne, comme culte." + "TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo" ("IL" and "paysage")

    Onyx, Saint-Herblain (France)
    — evening shared with IL and paysage

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  • 22
    "TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo" de Christian Rizzo et Iuan-Hau Chiang

    Onyx, Saint Herblain (France)
    — evening shared with comme crâne, comme culte.

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  • 24
    "d'après une histoire vraie" by Christian Rizzo

    Les Bords de Scènes, Juvisy-sur-Orge (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 27 to 31
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    TNB, Rennes (France)

    En savoir plus

April 2018

  • 3
    Atelier EN COMMUN

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

    En savoir plus

  • 7
    "d'après nature" by Christian Rizzo

    — Chapter 1
    Mémorial de Rivesaltes (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 10
    Atelier EN COMMUN

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

    En savoir plus

  • 11
    Leonardo Montecchia

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN

    → de 19h à 21h [tous publics]

    En savoir plus

  • 12
    "d'après une histoire vraie" by Christian Rizzo

    T2G, Théâtre de Gennevilliers (France)
    — in corealisation with le Conservatoire de Gennevilliers

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  • 14 to 15
    "ad noctum" de Christian Rizzo

    National Taichung Theater, Taichun (Taiwan)
    — with the support of l'Institut Français

    En savoir plus

  • 18 to 20
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    L'Espal - Scène conventionnée danse, Le Mans (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 27
    "d'après nature" by Christian Rizzo

    — Chapter 2
    National Taichung Theater, Taichung (Taiwan)
    — with the support of l'Institut Français

    En savoir plus

  • 30 April to 4 May
    Pratique du matin / exerce : I-Fang Lin

    "Interpréter"
    ICI—CCN → 10h à 12h [danseurs professionnels]

    En savoir plus

  • 30 April to 16 May
    Résidence de recherche et de création : David Wampach / Achles

    ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

May 2018

  • 2
    Le club de danse : David Wampach

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

    En savoir plus

  • 3 to 4
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    Scène nationale d'Albi (France)

    En savoir plus

  • 16
    Fenêtre sur résidence : David Wampach / Achles

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

    En savoir plus