Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.

CANCELLATION: As part of the mobilization against the pension reform, the public opening of Latifa Laâbissi and Antonia Baehr around their next creation "Colors and Numbers" will not take place on Thursday March 23 at 7 p.m.



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.