L-EST, a European Centre for artistic creation

L-EST, established in the Burgundy Franche-Comté region, is an initiative of three cultural institutions, from the Aire Urbaine Belfort-Montbéliard - VIADANSE - Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté à Belfort, MA scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard and Le Granit, scène nationale de Belfort - that unite their forces to serve a project. With the aim of fostering an open and innovative project dedicated to contemporary stage writing, they create a European Centre For Artistic Creation dedicated to live performance and transmedia: an interdisciplinary space of confrontation, experimentation, exploration and production with a European dimension, built up around artistic teams, professionals, researchers and diverse actors of the arts and research sectors...

With L-EST, the three venues wish to pool and go even further in supporting French and international artists and in inviting the audience to discover new artistic shores and experiences of our times. It is also the idea to take into account the social and artistic transformations, especially those related to digital practices. Transmedia offers a real playground for all: artists, institutions and audiences. It establishes a new relation to the various fields of creation and to the public by placing in the foreground the way of telling a story today.


The three partner organisations have inherited strong stories focused on artistic innovation (accompaniment, production, distribution, support for artistic creation ...) through outstanding personalities such as the choreographer Odile Duboc (former director of the CCN), an important figure in contemporary dance; The Centre d’Action Culturelle led by Yves Deschamps in the 1980s (which gave birth to the first version of the national stage of Montbéliard) and the International Centre for Video Creation directed by Pierre Bongiovanni in the 90s (which moved to Ars Numerica before being attached to MA scène nationale); As well as Henri Taquet (former director of Le Granit) and his association with many prominent directors such as Jean-Lambert Wild, who initiated lasting collaborations with researchers and engineers from the Technological University of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) for his theatre productions.


Within their respective houses, these three institutions place artists, their creations and the audience at the heart of their preoccupations and each proposes in their own way spaces for exchange and exploration. At the same time, L-EST is working to support transmedia creation, foster the dissemination of information and create bridges between the cultural sector and other creative sectors as well as various research fields.

L-EST builds spaces for encounters around artists, creation and participation for the public during research residencies and particularly the #TransFiction Meeting, the biennial for performing arts and transmedia of the Bourgogne Franche-Comté.


This laboratory is embedded in a territory, the Aire Urbaine, that encompasses the cities of Montbéliard, Belfort and Héricourt in a common urban and suburban fabric. The Aire Urbaine is part of a strong and cross-border regional dynamic: it is an area with multiple influences flowing through it, a zone of exchange between the Rhine, the Rhone and nearby Switzerland. It is only natural therefore that the issue of the circulation of people and works that the Aire Urbaine embraces in its proposed actions runs through this metropolitan vision. While it is intended that the laboratory should extend beyond national borders, in the middle of Europe and the world, it will remain founded on the strengths of this territory as a common link and reference point.