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


November 2023

  • 14 to 17
    Laboratoire avec Ely Daou
  • 15
    Club de danse avec Ola Maciejewska
  • 18
    "en son lieu" by Christian Rizzo
  • 20 to 24
    Pratiques du matin / exerce avec Laura Kirshenbaum
  • 20
    "Second Body" — Par/ICI: Ola Maciejewska
  • 21
    Soirée TOPO — Par/ICI: Ola Maciejewska
  • 22 to 23
    "sakınan göze çöp batar" by Christian Rizzo
  • 24
    Club de danse avec Kerem Gelebek
  • 25 to 26
    Workshop avec Kerem Gelebek

December 2023

January 2024

  • 8 to 12
    Pratiques du matin / exerce avec Luara Raio et Acauã Shereya

    10h à 12h, ICI—CCN

  • 8
    exerce classe ouverte Luara Raio et Acauã Shereya

    14h à 17h, ICI—CCN

    En savoir plus

  • 10
    Club de danse avec Mariana Viana

    19h à 21h, ICI—CCN
    [tous publics]

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  • 11
    "Faux départ" — Par/ICI: Mariana Viana

    20h, ICI—CCN

  • 16
    Vernissage de l’exposition "Gestes" de Toma Dutter

    18h30, ICI—CCN [entrée libre]

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  • 17
    Fenêtre sur résidence — Vania Vaneau

    Ambre et pourpre, ICI—CCN
    ↳ 19h [entrée libre]

  • 17
    Club de danse avec Vania Vaneau

    19h-21h, ICI—CCN
    [tous publics]

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  • 18
    Soirée TOPO — Par/ICI: Mariana Viana

    Performance dînatoire

    19h, ICI—CCN

  • 19
    Soirée TOPO — Par/ICI: Mariana Viana

    Performance dînatoire
    19h, ICI—CCN

February 2024

  • 8
    Fenêtre sur résidence —Yaïr Barelli

    Unisson, ICI—CCN
    ↳ 19h [entrée libre]

  • 13
    Laboratoire chorégraphique avec Yaïr Barelli

    14h à 17h, ICI—CCN


  • 14 to 16
    Exercice commun

    14, 15 et 16 février à 19h
    Présentation publique des travaux des étudiant·e·s du master exerce
    ICI—CCN et lieux partenaires
    [entrée libre]

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  • 26 February to 1 March
    Pratiques du matin / exerce avec Nadia Beugré (artiste associée)

    10h à 12h, ICI—CCN

  • 27
    "Janet on the roof" — Par/ICI: Pierre Pontvianne

    20h, ICI—CCN

  • 28
    Club de danse avec Pierre Pontvianne

    19h à 21h, ICI—CCN [tous publics]