Le Gymnase - National Centre of Choreographic Development - Roubaix | Hauts-de-France

Choreography Connects

Residency that connects choreography, nature and care in Ireland, Italy and France

Choreography Connects is an important new venture – uniting Le Gymnase CDCN with two European dance trailblazers – CoisCéim Broadreach international (Dublin, Ireland) and CSC Comune di Bassano (Italy) – in a project that connects choreography, nature and care.    

It involves the following, distinctive, socially engaged dance artists: Vittoria Caneva (Italy), Marion Carriau (France), Justine Cooper (Ireland), Chiara Frigo (Italy), Aoife McAtamney (Ireland) and Betty Tchomanga (France) to explore fresh ways to connect with the public and increase access to the artform.


We are 3 partners :
· CoisCéim (Dublin, Irland)
· CSC / Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy)
· Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix (France)

Choreography connects is founded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

french artists

© Didier Olivre et Thibault Montamat

Betty Tchomanga

In 2007, she studied choreography at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers. As a performer, she started in 2009 and worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Alain Buffard, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Fanny de Chaillé, Gaël Sesboüé, Éléonore Didier, Anne Collod, Herman Diephuis, Nina Santès and Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Since 2016, she has been creating her own work as one of the three choreographers of the French production house Lola Gatt. Same year, she created Madame for 3 performers. In 2020, she made her first solo Mascarades and then she worked on Leçons de Ténèbres, which was produced in 2022. Betty Tchomanga is an associate artist to the Quartz – Brest’s national scene.

To Lola Gatt Productions website
© Florent Cheymol

Marion Carriau

After her studies at the CRR Paris and at the CNDC Angers, she worked as a performer with Mohammed Shafik, Les Gens d’uterpan, Mylène Benoit, Julien Prévieux, Laurent Goldring and Joanne Leighton. She created her association Mirage in 2016. Je suis tous les dieux , her first solo, is produced in 2018. In 2021, she adapted this piece for young audiences. In 2021, she and Magda Kachouche created the indoors version of Chêne Centenaire,  and then adapted it in 2022 for the outdoors. In the meantime, she has been learning bharata natyam at Mandapa Center since 2009 with her master Vydia.

To Marion Carriau’s website