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Founded in 1972 by Roland Petit, the Ballet National de Marseille is an internationally renowned dance company. In 2014, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten succeeded Marie-Claude Pietragalla (1998-2004) and Frédéric Flamand (2005-2013) as artistic directors. Their ambitions are based on two main themes, “the body in revolt”, which deals with the expression and presence of dance in society and “the corps du ballet”, which focuses on research and the development of a new form of contemporary ballet.
Since the first event in 1984, the Biennale de la danse has aimed at breaking down stylistic and geographical borders in order to bring dance in all its forms to as large an audience as possible. Artistic director since 2012, Dominique Hervieu has turned the Biennial into a festival which celebrates creativity and has developed programmes which have encouraged diversity to flourish.
With an exceptional repertoire and accompanied by dancers faithful to the poetics of her gestures, the choreographer continues her creative approach. Each year, the Carolyn Carlson Company carries at least two major projects, from premiere and transmission of repertoire pieces to the most prestigious ballet corps, while continuing to tour the choreographer's performances around the world.
The National Choreographic Center of Caen in Normandy is a space for shared projects that questions the world in which we live, a place of sensitivity where dance is at the heart of an artistic, political and civic vision. It is a center for creation, production and distribution of choreographic pieces, a resource center for training and research. It is a shared place, a place open to artistic creation, to contemporary repertoire. It is a place accessible to all, where people come to see, do and talk.
In June 2009, Mourad Merzouki was appointed director of the CCN de Créteil and Val-de-Marne (National Choreography Centre), where he has developed his vision of dance as “an open window on the world”. Since the creation of the Käfig Company in 1996, the choreographer has been able to expand the language of hip-hop by working at where multiple disciplines intersect: circus, martial arts, contemporary dance and more. His pieces are currently touring the world.
Since March 2015, the Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté in Belfort has been directed by Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux, for which they created the project VIADANSE. Their project is laid in the prospect of a 3rd generation choregraphic center, revolving around a dynamic concept highlighting the circulation of projects and the building of networks, from Franche-Comté to Burgundy ; from the Grand Est to Switzerland and Europe.
Today’s hip hop movement and dance creation is exporting the image of French culture around the world. Kader Attou is proud to belong to this new dance scene. He is one of the main representatives of this French hip hop movement and cie Accrorap is emblematic of this energy. Combining cultures blending and humanistic engagement, Kader Attou creates a unique dance style, kept abreast. In September 2008, he was named Director of the centre chorégraphique national in La Rochelle.
Directed by Yuval Pick since 2011, the CCN Rillieux-la-Pape is a place of manufacture and meeting dedicated to dance and artistic creation. With a permanent company, he places the performer at the heart of his action. His project focuses on different themes: the production of Yuval Pick's creations and their distribution, the public meetings to discover the work of artists in residence, shows or highlights, a training program for professional dancers, artistic action projects and amateur practice workshops.
Since acquiring the CCN title in 1999, the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine has dedicated itself to supporting contemporary choreographic creation. As of July 2011 the organization is under the general and artistic direction of Petter Jacobsson.
The CCN – Ballet de Lorraine and its company of 26 dancers is one of the most important companies working in Europe, performing contemporary creations while retaining and programming a rich and extensive repertory, spanning our modern history, made up of works by some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers.
The CCN functions as an art center and venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation. It is a platform open to many different disciplines, a space where the many visions of dance of today may meet.
CCNN – Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes was directed by Claude Brumachon from 1992 to 2015. As a choreographer of the human spirit and a explorer of the body, he has constantly, along with his parner Benjamin Lamarche, created and nourished strong relations to the audience. Since January the 1st of 2016, Ambra Senatore is the director of CCNN. As her creativity takes source in humanity, she has imagined a place where life would flow, where everyone could feel right : artists of course, but citizens and dance amators as well, as all cultural partners of the territory too. A place filled with creativity and openness, as an invitation to a trip, to invent and share, together.
An international platform dedicated to the promotion, research and pedagogy of screendance and other hybrid moving image practices that explore choreography, somatic practices and/or movement studies. The centre produces the annual International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy and its research conference each spring.
In the place du Trocadéro, in the 16th arrondissement (district) of Paris, the Chaillot National Theatre is one of the capital's most prestigious venues. Since 2008 it has focussed mainly on dance, but remains open to all kinds of art forms and is distinguished as a theatre which values creativity. The choreographer Didier Deschamps became the director in July 2011.
Christian and François Ben Aïm began collaborating in 1997 when they co-created their first piece, and went on to form their own company, CFB 451, in 1999. To date they have choreographed some twenty pieces together. Working in tandem as brothers and partners, Christian and François Ben Aïm have developed a sensitive style of contemporary dance that is both poetic and physical. Their creations lay bare our ambivalence, weaknesses and relationships with others to reveal the different facets of our humanity.
Bernardo Montet is currently an associate artist with the SEcW project in Morlaix. He was director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Tours from 2003 to the end of 2011. All his pieces, characterised by demands and radicalism, deal with subjects close to his heart: colonialism, memory, identity, the consciousness of the body, resistance…
Yvann Alexandre has emerged since his debut in '93, as the representative of an abstract dance, very premeditated, a bearer of elegance, far from the performances and improvisations of those of his generation, and with a particular attachment to writing. movement and its transmission to the public. Attentive to go back and forth between professionals, amateurs and schoolchildren, he deploys his work as creator of Pays de la Loire abroad (Quebec, Germany, Argentina). With his own company but also as a guest choreographer (CCN Ballet Nancy, Norwest Tanzcompagnie, ...), he weaves a policy of exchange, meetings, training and choreographic culture. His work addresses a reflection around the very subject of dance, with fidelity to the notion of line. His precise gesture is full of details and is organized as a calligraphy of the intimate, where the movement constantly seeks human material.
An arts centre for dance, offering constant movement between creation, dissemination, inheritance and formation, the Centre national de la danse is also an indispensable source of information, providing advice for dance professionals and access to choreographic culture. An associate department of the BnF (National Library of France), it preserves and presents unique heritage and documentary collections on the history of dance and contemporary creation.
The Centre national de danse contemporaine - Angers is a national choreography centre (CCN). Its artistic and teaching plan, implemented by Robert Swinston, director of the CNDC since January 2013, is defined from its 5 main aims: the creation of new works, artist-in-residence programmes, the development of new line-ups, publicity, and dance training in association with the École supérieure (French higher education establishment).
La Baraka company was founded in 1997 by Abou Lagraa. Hailed by audiences and professionals alike, the company has performed on the biggest stages in France and abroad, in particular in Germany, Italy, Algeria, the USA, Eastern Europe and Asia. Today, the company boasts a repertoire of around 23 pieces and is very active in promoting dance to the general public.
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland represents the official, nation-wide platform for artistic dance in Germany. Founded in 2006 with the protagonists’ awareness that dance must speak with one voice in the German political landscape, the Dachverband Tanz currently operates as a network for the most important stakeholders of dance. 40 associations, institutions and personalities represent approximately 3000 prominent multipliers (choreographers, ensemble directors, ballet and dance educators, dance scientists) with whom an estimated 10,000 artists, educators and academics are connected. With its numerous position papers, conferences and campaigns the Dachverband Tanz aims to strengthen the position of dance artists and dance workers and to enhance the visibility of dance in society.
As part of our partnership with the Maison de la Danse, the BNP Paribas Foundation became interested in 2007 in an ambitious project conceived by Charles Picq. To both bring dance to a broader public and also to preserve, deepen understanding and promote the heritage of dance, the Foundation decided to join the Maison de la Danse and the Centre National de la Danse to launch the Numeridanse.tv website.
Found of movement and dancers, of those exceptional moments where the gesture and the role collide, Michel Kelemenis bases his creations on the search for a balance between the abstract and the figurative. The choreographer is in demand with the ballets de l’Opéra de Paris, de l’Opéra du Rhin, the Ballet du Nord, the Ballet de Genève and de Marseilles for his style, which combines finesse and performance. On his initiative, KLAP Maison pour la danse, a 2000 m2 facility dedicated to creation and the choreographic culture, was opened in Marseilles in 2011.
In 1985, the present day Ballets de Monte-Carlo company was born, thanks to the drive of HRH Princess of Hanover, who wished to continue the long tradition of dance in Monaco. The arrival of Jean-Christophe Maillot in 1993 helped the company to gain prominence on the international stage with his world-renowned ballets and his policy of inviting other choreographers to collaborate.
Since its creation, the Maison de la Danse has been aware of its responsibility in creating a legacy by implementing a politics of the image. Most of its shows are filmed by Charles Picq; a video collection is being built, featuring dance on an international level, in all its forms, genres and styles.
Malandain Ballet Biarritz / Centre chorégraphique d’Aquitaine en Pyrénées-Atlantiquesmalandainballet.com
Thierry Malandain is a choreographer recognised for his unique vocabulary which draws its richness from a balance between contemporary and classical dance. He alternates between new and personal visions of works from the established repertoire and original creation. Since 1998 he has been the director and choreographer of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Biarritz and artistic director of the Temps d'Aimer festival in Biarritz.
The French Ministry of Culture's mission is to make major cultural works accessible to as many people as possible. It conducts a policy of preservation, protection and development of cultural heritage, supports the creation and development of artistic practices and contributes to the development of the artistic and cultural education of children and young adults throughout their formal education.
Created in 1981 by George Frêche and Dominique Bagouet, the Festival Montpellier Danse is a major event for dance and choreography in France and around the world. Welcoming the most influential choreographers of the day but also young and upcoming talent every year, the festival aims to show all kinds of dance to the large audiences which visit the theatres: classical, contemporary, traditional.
Born from a cross between the museum, the place of conservation and exhibition, the dance, the art of movement, and the choreographic center, the place of production and residence, Le Musée de la danse is a laboratory-institution whose frame is transformed according to the objects, ideas or bodies it houses. Boris Charmatz creates a combinatorial game, exploring the possibilities of crossing exhibition, performative gesture and articulation of a speech: a commentary, a commentary and a commentary. concurrent.
Travelling & co Hervé Robbehttp://www.lesindependances.com/fr/artistes/herve-robbe
After 13 years as the artistic director of the CCN Havre Haute-Normandie, Hervé Robbe is continuing his adventure as an artist and teacher since January 2012 with Travelling & co. He experiments with a unique amalgamation of dance and the filmed image, creates artistic objects in multiple formats and spectacular forms for the performance space, films and art installations.
Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane codirect the Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble from the 1st January 2016. These two artists introduce an unprecedented collaboration between the spheres of dance and circus with a spirit of artisitic innovation and openness. Coming in July.