Artists in residence

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).


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.



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