Guiding principles

La Briqueterie is a non-for-profit association whose mission is to promote choreographic creation and artist development (through co-productions, studio space and artists’ residencies), transnational programmes and participatory activities to foster and support dance at multiple levels. The organisation encourages the active involvement in dance for diverse audiences, through an extensive programme of workshops, encounters, studio showings and activities aimed at widening the audience experience. A place of collaboration, putting dance at the centre of a social project within an urban environment undergoing rapid changes, La Briqueterie underlines cooperation as an act of transformation.

History

La Briqueterie opened its doors in March 2013. It is home to the CDCN/Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National du Val-de-Marne, one of the 13 dance organisations that currently make up the national network of CDCNs in France. While the venue is young, the organisation – formerly known as Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne – dates back to 1979 and was officially incorporated in 1980.

The building was renovated by architect Philippe Prost thanks to the support of the Departmental Council of Val-de-Marne, the French State, and the Ile-de-France Region.

Its annual ongoing programme comprises residencies, studio showings, commissions and co-productions, EU-funded collaborative projects, workshops and educational projects. La Briqueterie organises Excentriques (an annual 3-day festival for national and international companies) and an international dance biannual festival, called Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne, in partnership with over 30 venues, including regional theatres, museums and other organisations. The Biennale reaches over 11,000 people across the Ile de France region.

Since 2003, La Briqueterie has been publishing a dedicated dance magazine, Repères, cahier de danse, available also on the online publishing platform Cairn. 

Building and facilities

Situated in Vitry-sur-Seine in the outskirts of Paris, La Briqueterie is a former brick factory of 3,500m², converted into a dedicated dance venue. It features three dance rehearsal studios (studio Est – 171m², studio Nord 115 m² and studio oust 227m²), a fully-equipped performance space (383m²), a landscaped garden and a forecourt that can also turn into presentation spaces.

Contact
17, rue Robert Degert
94407
Vitry-sur-Seine
France
www.labriqueterie.org
accueil@alabriqueterie.com

EDN Activities in 2023

February - May 2023

The European Dancehouse Network presents its activities in 2023.

The European Dancehouse Network continues its EU-funded EDNext 2022-2024 programme with the theme of equity explored through activities co-organised and hosted by EDN members in 2023.

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EDN Announces Atelier "Equity in Dance: What Challenges?"

22-23 March 2023

The Atelier will take place on 22 and 23 March 2023 as part of the 22nd edition of the Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne at la briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine.

The Atelier is hosted by the EDN member la briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne. Registration is open to both EDN members and non-EDN members.

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Empowering Dance - findings

2020

The research revolves around the question if and how the practice of contemporary dance within our own organizations and practices helps people of all ages to acquire and develop soft skills.

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Soft Skills in Dance Digital Guidebook

23 August 2022

Resource for professionals developed within the the project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach

Digital guidebook "Soft Skills in Dance" supports dance practitioners in reflecting on their own practice, with regard to soft skills. The guidebook was developed by seven European partners and their teams, including EDN members CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italy), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, Netherlands), HIPP - Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Zagreb, Croatia), K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel (Germany) and La Briqueterie CDCN of Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France).

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