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Opportunities: Application MA exerce 2018-2020 (ICI — centre chorégraphique national, Montpellier (France)) 07/12/2017

Application MA exerce 2018-2020 (ICI — centre chorégraphique national, Montpellier (France)) January 18th, 19th, 20th, 2018
Dead Line: 07/12/2017
Online Application:
Fee to Apply: Free

Description Of Opportunity:

The goals of the master

MA exerce is intended for young artists willing to both develop and clarify the stakes around individual research in relation to contemporary choreographic creation as well as interacting with other fields of art and thought. The purpose is to promote students’ capacity of self-reliance so that they can can create their own working methods, find the theoretical resources required as part of their practice, define specific forms of collaboration, stage presence and skills relevant to their work. A vital part of the program is the sharing of their own personal research with other participants in the program. Students are asked to take part in joint projects, to provide advice, and support to other students’ work and to reflect on individual and collective forms of work in use in contemporary creation. This program of study values understanding of aesthetic, social, economic and political issues of the various contexts from which art and art practices emerge from.



MA exerce builds upon a long and strong experience in the field of experimental choreographic training initiated by Mathilde Monnier in 1998.

Its specific features, and this from its beginning, is to be fully integrated to the activities of the Centre Chorégraphique National. This way, it allows the prospective students-artists-researchers to have a privileged relationship with the international contemporary choreographic creation.

Christian Rizzo, on arrival at the head of the CCN, now renamed ICI, decided to maintain and extend this practice of experimentation in choreography.

Six years after the start of the Master program, the enrollment in MA exerce is yearly. The smaller annual student seeks to strengthen individual research, expand periods of mobility supporting research and professional opportunities, and develop pedagogical experimentations.

Each year revolves around a specific pedagogical program and periods of joined time between the M1 and M2 students.

The two groups’ cohabitation allows for multiple collaborations among students, whether as part of the program or on a more spontaneous basis. It also provides opportunities for experimenting different forms of knowledge sharing, as well as internal tutoring practices between the two groups.


Various aspects of the 2018-20 session:

– lab sessions combining theory and practice, run by artists, researchers and thinkers invited to share their questions and processes and to give feedback on the work of students;

– a regular practice to nourish and support physical availability, potential and imagination as resources to be activated in projects as a dance performer, author or researcher;

– time dedicated to individual research, with various coaching options (presence of a coach for long-term supervision, feedback systems generated by exerce group, etc.);

– Mobility outside of Montpellier for students access resources required as part of their research; gain a greater understanding of the contemporary art field and begin to situate their own work in relation to it.


Student profile

This Master will be open to applicants above 22 years of age and already committed to a path as a choreographic artist or coming from other artistic fields (plastic arts, music, theatre, cinema and digital technology) and working with body and/ or movement.

They must have higher art education (BA or equivalent) or equivalant work experience.

Applicants must remain available during both years of the Master.

Students must have a good command of French and / or English when they join the Master.


Pedagogical team

MA exerce is under the joint supervision of Christian Rizzo and Didier Plassard, professor at the Université Paul Valéry- Montpellier.

For the conception and development of the master, Christian Rizzo collaborates with Anne Kerzerho, pedagogical director and DD Dorvillier, artist-researcher associated to exerce.

Marion Pradier, in charge of all the administrative aspects of the master, completes the ICI — CCN team.

Didier Plassard, Alix de Morant, associate professors at Paul-Valery University and Myrto Katsiki, PHD student at the danse departement of Paris8 give theoretical and methodological support to the students for their written research during the two year program.

How To Apply:

Entry requirements (2 stages):

  1. Written application available on ICI — CCN website (deadline December 7th, 2017)
  2. Audition at Montpellier, on 18th, 19th and 20th January, 2018

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