Professional Workshop “La Ville en Trois Dimensions”

la ville en 3 dimensions
From 12th to 16th October 2020 (5 days – 35h)
at the CNAC – 1 Rue du Cirque, Châlons-en-Champagne (51)

With Fabrice Guillot (choreographer of Retouramont) and Olivier Penel (technical director)

Reserved for professional artists of diverse practices in good physical condition: physical theatre, circus, dance, parkour, etc.


In 2019, the partnership between the FAI-AR, the CNAC and the Pôle de Danse Verticale is materialised by this workshop on vertical choreography in urban context.

The objective of this workshop is to experiment with the potential of vertical dance offered by architecture, allowing to see and use the city in a different way. Since our living spaces are essentially perceived by a succession of horizontal levels, walls appear as impassable borders.

The inversion of the relationship to the plan constitutes a transgression of administrative, physical and usage rules, which opens up possibilities and introduces a new space for exploration and imaginary projection. Vertical dance transforms our relationship with the city, which becomes a space open to desire, a giant apparatus.

The programme will start with floor work in the studio to develop a conscious horizontal relationship, extend to an indoor climbing wall and lead to vertical evolutions in the urban environment.

The aim will be to give the mode of connection to space developed by the Retouramont company with a pedagogical progression that aims to broaden the artists’ capacities of expression in the urban space.

– Apprehend the relationship to the ground and the surface as references to be reversed on the wall,
– Develop a visual relationship to the architecture, the reading of the buildings and the landscape,
– Expand the physical experience of the city as an apparatus mine for the artist,
– Connect multiple sites in an enlarged three-dimensional image,
– Integrate the geometry of the place into the writing and dramaturgical work,
– Learn about the equipment, possible hooks, safety and technology (This safety training is not a qualifying professional training).

Price: 1000€ for the internship (possibility of financing by AFDAS)

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FAI-AR is the reference school dedicated to artistic creation in public spaces. Its training courses (higher education, continuing education courses, masterclasses, MOOC) are aimed at artists who wish to develop their capacities to collaborate, create and implement artistic productions in urban spaces, landscapes and territories.



The National Centre for Circus Arts, a higher education, resource and research institution, was created in 1985 at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Nearly 400 artists, representing 35 nationalities, come from its Higher School. These artists are now major players in contemporary circus on the international scene.