Guiding principles

CND’s goal is to offer an increasing range of services to dance professionals, with an emphasis on its role as a resource centre and on building partnerships in the regional France and Europe.

Its 3 key missions are:

  • Training and professional services
  • Heritage protection
  • Artistic creation


CND was founded in 1998 and it has been based in Pantin since 2004. Its responsibilities, as defined by a Statutory Order of 1998, focus on choreographic landscape that has evolved over the years, within which the CND has grown and “matured”.

Building and facilities

Since 2004 CND is located in Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris, within the town’s former civic offices situated on the banks of the Ourcq canal. This imposing building, designed by architect Jacques Kalisz in 1972, was awarded the Équerre d’Argent prize for renovation in 2004. The successful fusion between original architecture and renovation gives the building its unique identity and ambiance within the 7000 m² of available space, specifically designed for dance professionals. It is a comfortable, fully renovated building with 12 dance studios, 3 of which stage public performances, a multimedia library with collections ranging from rare and original works to documents with general public appeal, a film/projection theatre and a café.

Assistance is provided for orientation around the building, as well as information on specialist resources, individual interviews, access to data files, computer facilities, and so forth. A lounge area enables members of the public to keep in touch with news and currents events, with access to publications and an atrium area with live viewing facilities to watch activities and events held in the Large Studio.

1, rue Victor Hugo

Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


International Symposium Dance(s) and Ritual(s)

8-11 April 2021

Symposium at Centre National de la Danse

Can dance be perceived as a ritual? How are ritualised actions created in dance practices? What are their qualities, or singularities? What effects do they produce? In what way can referring to a rite enlighten, modify or displace dance practices?


CoFestival 2020

Nov 20-25, 2020

Ljubljana's festival of contemporary dance and choreography goes online

Due to the limitations of the epidemic, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance CoFestival, with curatorial theme »The Amplifiers of Voices« will be performed in two separate segments. Between 20 and 25 November 2020, a series of online events will take place and the festival with live shows will be postponed until April 2021.


Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 


Tanz in Bern

24 October to 8 November

Dear Darkness

Dampfzentrale (EDN member) is looking forward to see you in Bern, Switzerland for the 12th edition of its festival.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?


EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

Activities EDN

Wake Up!

In times when certain democratic processes seem in crisis, the CND and EDN thought it important to take a global look at Europe and the world so as to understand better the realities of each country in danger and conceive more exactly spaces for international solidarities. Giving a podium for artists and groups committed to struggles which are at once societal, political and intimate seems to us to be the best way to bear witness to today’s artistic realities.

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Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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The very first step towards EDN, IDEE was proposed by 9 dancehouses working together for the first time as a network. It set out to work with emerging choreographers to help them to make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.

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Encounter Japan

In February 2017 a group of eight representatives of EDN attended a very rich programme of initiatives, participated in speed networking sessions with artists and professionals, developing new connections and dialogues, being introduced to representatives of Asian funding bodies and supportive organizations. This was the first step in the collaboraiton with AND+.

Roberto Casarotto shares his report of the meetings.

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