What is Numeridanse ?
Numeridanse is a multimedia dance platform. It offers free access to a unique video base: filmed performances, documentaries, interviews, fictions, dance videos. Every single genre, style and form is showcased here: butoh, classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, baroque, Indian, African, flamenco, contemporary, traditional dances, hip-hop, tango, jazz, circus arts, performance, etc.
Numeridanse is headed and coordinated by the Maison de la Danse, Lyon, and was imagined by the director Charles Picq. Since the outset, Numeridanse was created and has been developed hand-in-hand with the French National Centre for Dance (CND) and has been supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation and the French Ministry for Culture.
A community platform
Theatres, festivals, companies, artists, institutions, National Choreographic Centres, producers... these international organizations enrich Numeridanse’s video base continually by proposing their video collections on our platform as well as through the range of informational tools available on our site. This community also plays a key role in our site’s daily life, as well as in its development and financing.
An online resource
Discover the world of dance, understand its history, learn more about a specific style, a choreographer, a company, prepare pupils for watching a live performance, find out more about a choreographic culture... Numeridanse is an online resource dedicated to artistic and cultural education.
The Themas section invites you to discover the world of dance via webdocs, journeys and virtual displays.
The Tadaam! section is a discovery area for young people and an educational resource area for teachers.
Author, filmmaker and video artist, Charles Picq (1952-2012) came to prominence in the 1970s in the worlds of theatre and photography before devoting himself to video, initially in visual arts at the Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain (ELAC / Lyon Contemporary Art Space) and with the group “Frigo”, then in the field of dance.
When the Maison de la Danse was founded in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to set up the video archives there, a task he performed with enthusiasm until his death in 2012. During the 1980s, marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of the video image, he worked with artists like Andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, Régine Chopinot, Susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia, and Michel Kelemenis, collaborating with them and filming their work.
He placed particular emphasis on dance at the Maison de la Danse in the 1990s by founding the first dance video library, as well as a video bar, a projection room for awareness-raising events and activities and by putting together the DVD Le Tour du Monde en 80 danses (Around the world in 80 dances). In 2011 he launched the collection "Scènes d’écran" (Scenes from the screen) for television and the internet, undertook the digital conversion of the video library and created the site Numeridanse.tv.