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Since 20 years already, the battle with the elements, journeys, collaboration with others, all these drive them forwards. But their central aims stay the same: to offer a fruitful street theatre, open to everyone; to play with transforming public areas: to create a mixture of poetic and humane creation with fire in all its forms, of iron, sound, humour. These are their basic materials.
The setting of their shows and our installation –spectacles is often on a grand scale, though still offering a space for everyone: with emotion and sensations in profusion
Founding member of IN SITU in 2003
Atelier 231 is an old building on industrial wasteland, belonging to the French Railway Company (SNCF). It is now one of the 14 National Centres for Street Arts (CNAR) accredited by the government in August 2010.
Atelier 231 offers residencies for companies and support for creation. The artistic residencies (about 20 companies a year) aim to offer a suitable context for creation on any stage of the artistic process. Atelier 231 provides rehearsal spaces as well as indoor and outdoor construction spaces equipped for set design, costume-making, welding, joinery, stage instruments. Thought of as a friendly and open place, these residencies provide the opportunity to invite the public throughout the season for many presentations of the work in progress.
Conscious that his activity can’t be disconnected from his territory, Atelier 231 develops projects directly linked to inhabitants through artistic and outreach activities.
Atelier 231 directs the artistic program of various events among which his flagship event Viva Cité festival which yearly welcome around 100.000 spectators. Atelier 231’ other missions include cultural activities, transmission of a specific knowledge and resource center for arts in public space…
Director: Anne Le Goff
Secretary general : Guillaume Patard-Legendre