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 12 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, masterclasses, workshops and an international exchange programme. It organises Les Plateaux (an annual 3-day festival for national and international companies open to professionals and the larger public) and an international dance Biennale (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. Recently, it as launched a new “screen dance” initiative in collaboration with the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy and Cinema Utopia.

Building and facilities

Situated in Vitry-sur-Seine at 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 forecourt that can also turn into presentation spaces, two production offices, and a media room.

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

Job opening at La Briqueterie

Deadline: 25 February 2020

La Briqueterie is looking for a director

The director, who shall start on 15 October 2020, is reponsible for designing and implementing an artistic and cultural project for La Briqueterie - CDCN. English & French fluency are required for this position.

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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!

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Dancing museums

November 2019

Workshop in Vitry sur Seine

As a practice-led project, Dancing Museums thoroughly documents its various activities. Let's go back to La Briqueterie & MAC VAL for an exploration of the topic of inclusion, that took place in November 2019.

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Screendance production residency

Deadline: 28 July 2020

Submission call for its 2021 edition!

In order to support the vitality of screendance production, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne and its partners have launched the new submission call for their Screendance Production Residency that supports the creation of a short film.

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Migrant bodies, moving borders

2019

Final publication of the project

This publication provides you with essays, practices, tools, interviews and a polyphonic glossary to engage in building inclusive communities through dance

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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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