The Barracks of l’Espérance


Created in the early 80s by the French Ministry of Culture, the National Choreographic Centers, (CCN) were developed with support from regional authorities, and there are currently 19 of them in France.

The Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté in Belfort (CCNFCB) was directed by the choreographer Odile Duboc from November 1, 1990 to December 31, 2008. During her time there, the name of her company, Contre Jour, was attached to that of the CCNFCB.

Laurent Vinauger was the interim director of the CCNFCB, in close collaboration with Marcelle Bonjour, President of the Association, until Joanne Leighton was named director on May 7, 2010, and Anita Weber was named President.

On March 1, 2015, the Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté in Belfort welcomed Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux, named directors of the CCNFCB by Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of culture and communication, and Thierry Jopeck was named the new President of the Association. The new directors then associated the name of their project VIADANSE to the Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté in Belfort for the duration of their term.


The former barracks of l’Espérance, which were entirely renovated, has housed the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté in Belfort since September 1995.

The work was conceived by the architect Bernard Reichen and by Odile Duboc and Françoise Michel.

It is equipped with a wide range of resources for all fields linked to choreographic creation (set design, lighting, sound, costumes), and offers the choreographers working there conditions ideal for the creation of a work in its entirety.

Its creation studio which is identical to a stage in a theatre, amply sized and with full scenic capacities make it an exemplary tool for choreographic and design research, a space devoted to dance, quite unique in France.


The Odile Duboc space (ground floor) – equipped with scenic materials
Stage spex:
Depth from downstage/ upstage: 15 m (50’)
Opening wall to wall: 18,80 m (61.5’)
Height under catwalks: 8,20 m (27’)
Capacity : 154 spectators seated on chairs on retractable bleachers

Studio (2nd floor.)
Surface 135 m2 (1435 square ft)
Capacity: 50 people