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.

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 Buffard, 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 (1892-1978): 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 2023

July 2023

  • 3 to 4
    "IL (TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo)" by Christian Rizzo and Iuan-Hau Chiang

    as part of "Festival Parterre, 4 jours de danse dans l'Aude", Chapelle Le Py (France)

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  • 10 to 13
    Symposium "CriticalBodies: borders|ACCESS|care" Université des Arts de Philadelphie (États-Unis)

    Pour la 5ème fois depuis 2018, ICI—CCN accueillera du 19 juin au 31 juillet prochains, la Summer School du Master en danse de l’Université des Arts de Philadelphie (MFA in Dance). Ce programme réunira une communauté de 50 étudiant·e·s-artistes et enseignant·e·s.

    Un symposium ouvert au public – intitulé CriticalBodies: borders|ACCESS|care – sera également organisé à ICI—CCN du 10 au 13 juillet prochains.

    Ce temps d’étude est l’occasion de réunir des artistes et chercheur·se·s prestigieux·ses lors de conférences, discussions et ateliers.

    En savoir + ICI

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  • 15 to 16
    en son lieu by Christian Rizzo

    kalamata dance festival – Kalamata (Grèce)

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  • 21
    "miramar" by Christian Rizzo

    miramar, ImPulsTanz — Vienna International Dance Festival (Austria)

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