The Centre national de la danse was created in 1998, on the initiative of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. An arts centre dedicated to dance, it has earned a reputation as a unique institution, fully committed to the development of choreographic culture and creation, and to staging new works. It also oversees the transmission of skills via training courses, artists’ residencies and a resource centre. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, a member of Club CN D -Entreprises since 2009, supports the work of the CN D, encouraging it to open up further and to reach new audiences.
Since 2015, the Foundation has also provided more targeted support for Camping, the brainchild of CN D director Mathilde Monnier. Each year, a special series of workshops, conferences, performances, lessons and screenings is aimed at professionals and afficionados alike. For a fortnight, the headquarters of the CN D in Pantin and Lyon become a hub for interaction, discovery and creation. Exchange. Share. Transmit.
Lastly, the Foundation supports an annual programme coordinated by the CN D every autumn to showcase the work of a major figure in contemporary dance. Exhibitions, performances and conferences have been held to celebrate the work of artists such as Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs and Alain Buffard. Gestures deeply rooted in the history of dance. Like the famous red silhouettes performing choreographic phrases on the roofs of SoHo: Roof Piece, the audacious and now-mythical work created by Trisha Brown in 1971, which was revived in 2015 on the rooftops of Pantin. Urban poetry.