Artists in residence

Season 21/21

Tailor-made residencies

Les Subs supports contemporary creation by hosting about 50 artistic teams in residence every season. Theater, dance, music, circus, visual and digital arts – in short, there’s a place for all the diversity of today’s art forms at Les Subs, and especially for aesthetic adventures that take audiences beyond their comfort zone.

Gone are the borders between visual arts and performing arts, the big stage and small theaters, indoors and outdoors, high-brow and low-brow, here and there. Open to the city and the world, Les Subs offers residences to both budding regional talents and international artists.

Residency terms are purposely variable to meet each artist’s needs and to adapt to the type of project and its stage of completion. Artistic teams come to Les Subs for a few days or several weeks to do research, experiment, finalize staging, develop a show’s lighting design, test technological devices, get advice, rehearse in optimum (or nearly optimum) conditions, and share some of the steps in their process with the public (meetings, workshops, residence excursions, and performances).

From March 2020 to october 2020, Les Subs will host as artists in residence the following regional, national, and international companies: Malika Djardi, Clédat & Petitpierre, Benjamin Villemagne, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Inbal Ben Haim, Paul Changarnier (Collectif A/R), Colyne Morange, Anne-Sophie Grac, Mallika Taneja, Les Femmes de Crobatie, Cy, Sylvain Prunenec, Yan Duyvendack,…

Selection criteria

Les Subs believes in hybrid creations and unusual experiments, with no preference for any particular discipline. It develops its artistic vision in tandem and in interaction with other cultural organizations in the Lyon metropolitan area and in the region. To support the new generation of artists, Les Subs works with those who take risks and whose aesthetic processes eschew current standards. The desire for innovation is closely linked to a demand that creations be accessible to all audiences. Residencies are sometimes extended elsewhere in the region, in partnership with schools, reception centers for asylum seekers, prisons, and specialized medical-social institutions. Les Subs is committed to providing a sensitive and connected approach to art, in its relations with artistic and cultural education, citizenship, and social cohesion, and with the values of hospitality, parity, and diversity.

Residencies at Les Subs are limited to professional artists.
If you are not a professional artist, you can send us a request using this online form.
Please make sure your project is consistent with Les Subs’ artistic vision and technical resources.

A programming committee reviews applications once a month and sends responses a few days after each monthly review.

For further information, please write to us at:

Delegated production

A joint call for projects to spotlight new artistic forms!
In a context where the performing arts were never so lackluster, the Grütli Theater and Les SUBS are joining forces to launch the 2nd edition of their joint call for projects: GEYSER. Their shared ambition is to shine a light on unexpected art forms and promote new multilingual, multidiscipline talent. Our goal is to support aesthetic adventures that don’t hesitate to push the boundaries (of the stage, standards, good taste, etc.) to fully express how complex the world and our representations of it are. We make way for unconventional approaches that give rise to the unexpected, address societal issues, challenge authority, and move the audience toward liberation!

GEYSER supports two artists/artistic teams: one based in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region and the other in French-speaking Switzerland. Each artist or team will be hosted in residence at Les SUBS and the Grütli Theater, will be mentored by Oscar Gómez Mata, and will receive financial support.

The artists selected this year are:

> La Novià, with “La Trève”, a musical and visual project developed by Yann Gourdon

> La Cie Folledeparole, with “Nos désirs font désordre”, a series of surprising performances

The selected projects will be performed at the Grütli Theater and Les SUBS in January 2022.