UArts Philadelphia (USA)

In partnership with UArts Philadelphia (USA)

For the fifth time since 2018, ICI—CCN is hosting the Summer School of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (UArts - MFA in Dance) in cooperation with the master's exerce programme. This program will bring together a community of 50 student-artists and teachers from 19 June to 31 July 2023. 
→ More info on the degree course:

6th study cycle

A symposium open to the public - entitled Critical Bodies: borders|ACCESS|care - is also being organised at ICI—CCN from 10 to 13 July 2023. This symposium, programmed by Thomas F. Defrantz and Isabelle Ginot, will bring together prestigious artists and researchers for lectures, discussions and workshops.

Critical Bodies: borders|ACCESS|care

A shift in paradigm is currently in process, according to Paul B. Preciado, towards a non-binary epistemology. An epistemology where oppositions that structure hierarchies of values in post-industrial societies – body vs. mind, masculine vs feminine, productive vs unproductive, abled vs disabled - are challenged by global movements of resistance. Trans-bodies, subaltern bodies, migrant bodies …

What are body experiences of being in transition? Re-alignments in age, gender, expressions of sexuality? What are practices of training and un-training?

Geopolitical borders are crucial in our world, and stand as strict material and political limits that many bodies transgress for survival. Other borders, although less material, shape our lives and actions. Aesthetic borders and formations of art. Social differences. City neighborhoods. Academic disciplines. Conceptual categories. A nagging sense of belonging or not being part of... Feeling conformity or feeling strange. Our moves continuously shape and extend the limits of borders, shaping and un-shaping them, twisting their lines, blurring form.

Access, Care; Learning, Study. What do we need to access shared spaces of learning and un-knowing? Crafting common spaces through discourse and listening, moving and un-moving. Orienting towards difference; a discourse of criticality and care. Political renderings of need and desire made manifest through interaction and change. How do we constitute a commons that cares towards our variety?

During this symposium, we will explore what practices of dance and art, activist actions or researches are supporting, embodying, or resisting aspects of this paradigm. 

Thomas F. DeFrantz & Isabel Ginot

Symposium 2023 programme:


. From 10 to 13 July 2023, at the Studio Bagouet ICI—CCN, open to the public 
. With: Barak Adé Soleil, Nicolas Bourriaud, Thomas F. Defrantz, Donna Faye Burchfield, Isabelle Ginot, Isabelle Launay, Yve Laris Cohen, Anne Kerzerho, Josep Rafanell, Myriam Suchet, Arkadi Zaides. 
→ Speakers' biographies: HERE 
→ Presentation text in FR/EN: HERE

Monday July 10

.12:30-2pm: [Introductions and Grounding Gestures]: Isabelle GINOT and Thomas F. DEFRANTZ 
Performance Intervention: Yve Laris Cohen 
.2pm-4pm: [Establishing Conditions for Study]: Anne Kezerho, Donna Faye Burchfield, Isabelle Launay, Thomas F. DeFrantz and Isabelle Ginot

Tuesday July 11

.10-12pm: Arkadi Zaides and Isabelle Launay 
. 2-4pm: Discussion with Thomas F. Defrantz, Isabelle Ginot, Isabelle Launay and Arkadi Zaides

Wednesday July 12

.10-12pm: Nicolas Bourriaud and Barak Adé Soleil 
.2-4pm: Discussion with Thomas F. Defrantz, Barak Adé Soleil, Nicolas Bourriaud and Isabelle Ginot

Thursday July 13

. 10-12pm: Myriam Suchet and Josep Rafanell 
. 2-4 pm: Discussion with Isabelle Ginot, Myriam Suchet, Josep Rafanell and Thomas F. Defrantz


→ Free admission by online reservation: HERE 
NB: Please book by session (morning and/or afternoon) 
There will be simultaneous translation of each conference session. 

Live streaming

→ For those who can't be present: you can activate live streaming during session times: HERE