Launched by L-EST/European Performing Arts and Transmedia Lab Pilot Scheme in 2013, the call for artistic research grants enabled three European artistic teams to explore and experiment with various forms of contemporary performing arts and transmedia writing. This season, the three partners are renewing the experience while extending the range of possibilities.

The 2014-2015 grants are intended for interdisciplinary artistic teams (actors, writers, choreographers, developers, researchers, etc.) working in theatre, dance, site-specific arts, music, digital arts and circus or various hybrid forms. The artistic research process will take the form of an experimentation phase or a writing and conceptualisation phase granted to several companies. This phase will take place between March and June 2015, at the end of which the artistic teams will have either produced an initial model/project, or have advanced in the production of a project that was already underway.

The purpose of this grant is to give artists an opportunity to explore, experiment and subvert the various possibilities offered by the contemporary stage through the prism of transmedia.

Various approaches can be developed (non-exhaustive list): stage/media combinations (web, interactive interfaces, parallel fictions, narrative world(s), etc.); temporal, narrative, formal/conceptual and/or media extensions; audience involvement (co-actor, co-creator, participant, etc.) and spillover into the public space; interpenetration of real and/or virtual and the stage, and so on.

Specifically, L-EST is interested in processes developing:

  • interactive writing that involves audience participation, notably through its contribution to the deployment of the narrative, based for example on the understanding that intermediality emphasises the juxtaposition or montage of the images circulating within the performance, whereas transmedia seeks to create new fictional territories within the same sphere that people can appropriate, use and experiment with;

  • a multi-platform dramaturgy, staging or performance operating a convergence between “traditional” writing (theatre, choreography, music/sound, audio-visual, book, journalism, etc.) and interactive writing (designer, interactive designer, film maker, designer of web architecture, social media expert, community moderator, etc.).

In the course of this experiment and/or at its outcome, particularly in the months thereafter, the laboratory’s partners will jointly contact selected artistic teams to gather their feedback and thus assess the overall project.


> A minimum grant of €5,000 per artistic team will be awarded; this sum may be reviewed, project by project, based on the number of people involved and the length of requested research residence.

This sum will cover travel, per-diems and salaries.

> Accommodation will be covered directly;

> A workspace (studio, black box or digital stage) will be made available at one of the three structures (per artistic team) for the duration of the experimentation period;

> The CCNFCB will necessarily host a choreographic or a performative project;

> The technical needs will be covered directly by L-EST (please be as specific as possible in the application form).


> YOU ARE a company, a collective or an artist;

> The research must take place in one of the three structures (in Montbéliard or in Belfort);

> The length of residency must be for a minimum period of 7 days (residencies cannot take place in several stages) and must take place during the following periods:

  • From 9 to 25 March 2015 (CCNFCB, Performance space),
  • From 18 to 25 April 2015 (Le Granit, La Coopérative),
  • From 11 to 18 May 2015 (MA, Digital Stage),
  • From 11 to 23 May 2015 (Le Granit, La Coopérative),
  • From 3 to 26 June 2015 (Le Granit, La Coopérative),
  • From 8 to 26 June 2015 (MA, Digital Stage).

To apply for this grant, please submit:

> the application form (below)

> Your research project

> an overview of your past productions

Send complete application by email only (pdf) before Sunday, 16 November 2014 (midnight) to the following e-mail address:

>> DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION OF L-EST PRESENTATION, THE TERMS OF ELIGIBILITY AND THE MANDATORY APPLICATION FORM (the form can be filled out and saved, please follow the recommendations)


Following the submission deadline, each partner will make an initial shortlist, then the three partners will meet in a plenary session to reach agreement on the selection of three research projects. In the course of this procedure, companies may be asked to provide more information about their artistic research project in the form of an interview.

The results will be made public not later than 19th December 2014.