CDCN national network

The Atelier de Paris / CDCN joined the CDC national network in January 2015


Since 1995, ten National Centers for Choreographic Development (CDCN) 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 the distribution of creative 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 National are lasting tools of choreographic decentralization and cultural democratization.

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

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