Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.



A place for dance, access­ible to all, to see, dance and talk. 

The Centre Choré­graph­ique Nation­al de Caen en Nor­man­die is a place where pro­jects can be shared, and which inter­rog­ates the world we live in, a place where dance is at the core of an artist­ic and polit­ic­al vis­ion for the whole com­munity. It is a place for cre­at­ing, host­ing, pro­du­cing and dif­fus­ing cho­reo­graph­ic pieces, a hub of resources for train­ing and research. Here, artists as well as loc­al inhab­it­ants, asso­ci­ations and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tion can share their love of dance, in a place that is open to artist­ic cre­ation and the con­tem­por­ary rep­er­tory. Awaken­ing people’s curi­os­ity, stim­u­lat­ing a desire for know­ledge, open­ing ourselves to dif­fer­ences, shar­ing artist­ic, intel­lec­tu­al and human exper­i­ences are what Alban Richard wants to pro­mote in the Centre Choré­graph­ique Nation­al de Caen en Normandie.


Have a body of one’s own
Choose to set it in move­ment
Bring to bear one’s gaze on the world
Lib­er­ate the capa­city for won­der, sens­it­iv­ity, emo­tion
Awaken curi­os­ity
Stim­u­late desires for know­ledge
Foster the eman­cip­a­tion of thought
Revive our abil­ity to live as recept­ive beings
Open up to dif­fer­ence
Expand the space of solid­ar­ity
Invent freely, togeth­er, with per­sever­ance, respect and enthu­si­asm
Allow ourselves to dare, to seek
Sup­port trans­form­a­tions
Gath­er par­ti­cip­ate exchange exper­i­ment under­stand
Share real artist­ic, intel­lec­tu­al and human experiences
Re-intro­duce the notion of con­vi­vi­al­ity
Live in a place open to every­one, where people come to see, do and talk
Share a recept­ive place where dance is at the heart of an artist­ic, polit­ic­al and civic-minded vision
Cre­ate, host, pro­duce and sched­ule shows that ques­tion the world in which we live
Be a place of cre­ation from which one may observe, sample, com­pare, inter­pret and decipher the world

Here, we dance!


A space of shared pro­jects that ques­tion the world in which we live.
A recept­ive place where dance is at the heart of an artist­ic, polit­ic­al and civic-minded vis­ion.

The CCN de Caen awakens curi­os­ity, stim­u­lates desires for know­ledge, opens up to dif­fer­ence, shares real artist­ic, intel­lec­tu­al and human exper­i­ences. It is a place open to all, where people come to see, do and talk, where we can foster the eman­cip­a­tion of our thoughts and allow ourselves to dare.
It is a place shared with artists, res­id­ents, asso­ci­ations, and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions, a place open to artist­ic cre­ation and the con­tem­por­ary repertoire.
The CCN de Caen fosters spaces of dia­logue that engage with mul­tiple types of writ­ings and aes­thet­ics. Set­ting itself out­side of clans, fash­ions and norms, it is a place high­light­ing cho­reo­graph­ic writ­ing that is foun­ded on the close inter­ac­tions between the arts. The inclu­sion of four com­pan­ion artists and two asso­ci­ate artists is proof of this intention.
The CCN de Caen is a net­worked centre for the cre­ation, host­ing, pro­duc­tion and dis­sem­in­a­tion of cho­reo­graph­ic pieces, a hub that acts as a resource for train­ing and research.
The pro­ject of the CCN de Caen favours cho­reo­graph­ic forms in inter­ac­tion with all kinds of music –con­tem­por­ary, clas­sic­al, baroque, elec­tron­ic, pop, jazz, etc. – bring­ing togeth­er instru­ment­al ensembles, com­posers, musi­cians, research­ers and cho­reo­graph­ers. It also devel­ops a par­tic­u­lar interest in cho­reo­graph­ic writ­ing that engages with the fields of visu­al arts and literature.
The CCN de Caen is a place of inclus­ive­ness open­ing more and more to con­cerned cit­izens. See, do, par­ti­cip­ate, exchange, exper­i­ment, under­stand: anoth­er mode of inter­ac­tion with the pub­lic is possible.
The CCN de Caen team takes into account cit­izens’ need for “con­nec­tion”. Fos­ter­ing know­ledge among indi­vidu­als and com­munit­ies depends on how likely they are to have con­tact with art.
The chal­lenges iden­ti­fied by the CCN de Caen, whose core activ­ity is dance, are to improve out­reach and cooper­a­tion, re-intro­duce the notion of con­vi­vi­al­ity, har­ness civic ener­gies through sup­port­ive guid­ance, and pri­or­it­ise com­munity ini­ti­at­ives favour­able to strength­en­ing social bonds.
Tasked with provid­ing cho­reo­graph­ic expert­ise and fos­ter­ing the syn­ergy of dif­fer­ent artist­ic dis­cip­lines, music, visu­al arts and lit­er­at­ure, the CCN de Caen wishes to act as the cata­lyst for a true know­ledge society.
Shar­ing know­ledge and emo­tions and let­ting each per­son have the oppor­tun­ity to enjoy them are cru­cial factors in the devel­op­ment of a society.
These chal­lenges are one of the keys to a new mod­el of fair and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Cul­tur­al life must be at the centre of a polit­ic­al pro­ject of social trans­form­a­tion: art, cul­ture, emancipation.
A nation­al cho­reo­graph­ic centre is the place of cre­ation of its artist dir­ect­or, the point from which he or she observes, samples, com­pares, inter­prets, deciphers the world and creates.

It is a work­shop for think­ing, meet­ing and shar­ing, for know­ledge and sens­it­iv­ity. It is about awaken­ing curiosity.
It is about let­ting every­one con­nect with their own body.
It’s about cre­at­ing, trans­mit­ting, provid­ing “extra”-ordinary times.