CDC national network

The Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson joined the CDC national network in January 2015

THE CENTERS FOR CHOREOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT EXPLAINED

Since 1995, ten Centers for Choreographic Development (CDC) have been created in France, and one in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to add to the 19 Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux (CCN) and the Centre national de la danse (CND), which structure choreographic life in France.
The Ministry of Culture and Communication, in partnership with local and regional governments, have given the CDCs the means to host companies, support production, and creative, distribution and outreach projects.

In 30 years, the French dance landscape has undergone a radical transformation and the restructuring of the sector has encouraged a proliferation of propositions and approaches, a groundswell, with the convergence of increasingly diverse offerings, in terms of companies and venues, and increased demand (dance audiences expanded).

The heirs of a unique history, born from the bottom-up and tailored to a territory, the Centres de Développement Chorégraphique are lasting tools of choreographic decentralization and cultural democratization.

Grouped in networks, the Centers for Choreographic Development favor collective co-productions, which are then distributed throughout the network of CDCs, which are features of the national choreographic landscape in their own right. The strength of this network resides in the diversity of the CDCs and in the flow of ideas, artists and works through the national landscape.

 The Atelier de Paris is the 10th Center for choreographic development and the second to be created in the Ile-de-France region.