The Place

In 1992, the Vélo Théâtre inaugurates in an old factory in Apt a “house” of creation also open to other artists, a place of meetings and exchange. This place has naturally become a tool for experimenting with new modes of relationship with the audience, seeking that everyone can appropriate the space to live intimate and personal experiences, supporting artists in their creative projects and in their dialogue with the territory.

This old candied fruit factory dating from the second half of the 19th century and located near the town center, the building belonging to the City of Apt offers a surface of 1200 m2 composed of:

– an auditorium (10m opening x 12m deep x 3.95m high max) equipped with rake seating (total 120 seats)
– a second auditorium, rehearsal or exhibition room (6m opening x 20m deep)
– a public reception hall with a bar
– an open space hosting the administrative offices
– a supply of equipment
– a workshop (construction and boiler room) – a storage room for decor and archiving
– 2 loges
– a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom

Download the technical sheet, the room plans and the theater access plan

General floor plan
Auditorium technical rider
Auditorium viewed from above 
Auditorium sectional plane
Auditorium face plane
Small auditorium

Technical management
José Lopez, Jean-Michel Bourroux et Arnaud Bunel

The Team and Partners

To contact us

Vélo Théâtre
Pépinière d’entreprises
171 avenue Eugène Baudouin
84400 Apt (FRANCE)

+33 (0)4 90 04 85 25

Artistic, technical and administrative team

The Vélo Théâtre relies on the know-how, experiences and skills of permanent show professionals and many intermittent employees depending on the projects.

Accounts Sophie Delaye
Lauriane Rialhe
Artistic Direction
Charlot Lemoine, Balthazar Daninos and Mickaël Chouquet
Artistic Team of the Velo Théâtre Company
Fabien Cartalade (composition, music, interpretation), Tania Castaing (scenography, staging, interpretation), Charlot Lemoine (scenography, staging, interpretation), José Lopez (tour management, lighting creation, interpretation)
Communication & Public Relations 
Laurène Thébault
General Secretariat Charlène Chivard
Reception & Cooking Annie Pradel
Technical Management José Lopez, Jean-Michel Bourroux and Arnaud Bunel
Vélo Théâtre Company Touring Contact Aurélie Aloy

And we are grateful to all the volunteers who participate in the happy progression of Vélo Théâtre.

Board of the Association

President Benoît Fincker
Secretary Pierrot Marmet
Treasurer Grazziella Vegis

Vélo Théâtre receives the support of:

La Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
La Région Sud
Le Département de Vaucluse
La Communauté de Communes Pays d’Apt Luberon
La ville d’Apt

And, for certain projects:

L’Institut Français
La Fondation des trois Cyprès
La commune de Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt

The Vélo Théâtre collaborates with many regional and local partners:

Alt(r)a Voce
Les Hivernales, CDCN d’Avignon
Naï Nô Productions
La Garance, Scène nationale de Cavaillon
Ilotopie/ le Citron Jaune
Le 3 bis F, lieu d’arts contemporains
Le Théâtre Durance, scène conventionnée
La Gare de Coustellet
La Maison du Livre et de la Culture de Bonnieux
Le Festival des Cinémas d’Afrique du Pays d’Apt
L’Archipop MJC d’Apt et ses environs
Le Service Petite Enfance de la CCPAL
Le Conservatoire Intercommunal de musique du Pays d’Apt Luberon
Le Service Culturel et le Service Animation Jeunesse de la Ville d’Apt
La Médiathèque d’Apt La halle aux grains
La Cité Scolaire d’Apt
Les écoles du Pays d’Apt – Luberon
Le Cinéma Cinémovida-Apt
L’association du quartier du Paou
Le Centre Social Maison Bonhomme
Zoom Allure Sud
Comète FM
Radio Zinzine
Luberon News
Yoyo, Le journal des parents
France Bleu Vaucluse

Professional Networks

Vélo Théâtre is a crossroad of creation, a place of life: multidisciplinary artists meet here on a daily basis. These informal meetings take place at the same time as public performances, but they also contribute to the creative and productive capacities of the place.

In its flexible and warm spaces, Vélo Théâtre hosts various professional meetings: puppetry (POLEM), local cultural (Research-Action for education to live shows in Vaucluse), etc. All these actions complement the other sides of the artistic policy, by promoting and spreading the supported productions in the professional environment, and by allowing the exchange of practices and the circulation of knowledge.

Vélo Théâtre is a member of several networks and professional initiatives, local and national.

“Les A Venir” propose creative projects to programming managers, and give artistic teams the opportunity to find additional support for the success of their show. Every two years, at the World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières, 25 structures recognized by the State sponsor 12 creative teams over 4 days. Vélo Théâtre supports at least one project, and helps the artistic teams during this professional “showcase”. Coordinated by Themaa, this initiative is carried by theaters, festivals and places of companionship.

Coopérative OEuvrière de production

The “Coopérative OEuvrière de production” is an innovative initiative aimed at cooperation at the heart of and around artistic projects.

It is composed of Compagnie Théâtre inutile (Amiens – Hauts-de-France), La chambre d’eau (Le Favril – Hauts-de-France), Bouffou Théâtre (Hennebont – Bretagne), Vélo Théâtre (Apt – PACA), Pierre Tual (Bruxelles – Belgique), Guillaume Lecamus (Paris – Ile de France), Lucas Prieux (Nantes – Pays de la Loire), Le tas de sable CHES Panses vertes (Rivery – Hauts-de-France).

The “Coopérative Œuvrière de production” is co-financed by the FSE (European Social Fund) under the FEDER-FSE Operational Program in Hauts-de-France region.

This currently supports 3 productions in progress: “Still life” (directed by Stéphanie Saint Cyr Lariflette) ; “L’Eustache à la main” (directed by Guillaume Lecamus) ; “Castelets d’histoires pour demain” (proposal of Théâtre Inutile).

POLEM, group of actors of the puppet in PACA region

In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region there are a large number of artists and puppet companies, but not enough places dedicated to this art. This group is born from the need for more exchanges, mutualisation and mobilization within the profession, because the fields of Puppet and Object Theater are not sufficiently valued in the Regional public policies. The aim of this collaborative working group is to structure existing relationships that are too informal for the moment.

RÉVES, RÉseau Vauclusien pour l’Education au Spectacle
In 2015-16 Vélo Théâtre took part in a Research-Action for education in live performances in Vaucluse. A collective reflection was conducted on the establishment of artistic education courses in Vaucluse, as part of the “Belle saison for childhood and youth”. This tool allows the creation of courses for the very young throughout their schooling and outside school time. Vélo Théâtre is a member of the REVEs network board.

THEMAA, National Association of Puppet Theaters and Associated Arts
Founded in 1992, THEMAA unites more than 300 members in France (artists, puppeteers, companies, theaters, researchers …) and represents the profession among communities and institutional decision-makers. The association organizes professional meetings, promotes the arts of puppetry with the help of national events, and publishes the specialized magazine MANIP.

TRAVERSES, network of places of diffusion in PACA region

Facebook Traverses PACA
The network “Traverses” unites 32 theaters in the region. The purpose of this grouping is not only to convey a common political speech, but also to structure the profession. Vélo Théâtre joined this network in September 2016 to promote exchanges around artists’ projects and the circulation of works.


Call for Projects 2020

As a regional residency program for choreographic companies, the Tridanse program was created with the joint objectives of:
– fostering the emergence of new forms of choreographic creation combining dance with other artistic practices: visual arts, circus, theater , philosophy, architecture, cinema, landscape …
– allowing the reflection, the action and the experimentation of other relations artist / public / teams of places
– to invent new modes of support for productions in progress.

This program is supported by four multidisciplinary structures in the PACA region: Le Citron Jaune, CNAR in Port Saint Louis (13), Le Vélo Théâtre (84), Le Théâtre Durance, Scène conventionnée in Chateau-Arnoux/Saint-Auban (04) and Le 3 bis f, contemporary arts place located in the psychiatric hospital Montperrin in Aix-en-Provence (13).

The artistic Policy

The project of Vélo Théâtre,
through its own productions
as well as through the House of Artists for Object Theater, the Companionship and Crossing of the Arts
that it makes live,




Our own productions

Vélo Théâtre is both the heart of the project, and the engine of many collaborations. It is part of a long-lasting relationship between many artists and a place. The vitality, the merry-go-round and the infusion of ideas between the different actions reinforce the overall plan. In its creative work, the Vélo Théâtre surrounds itself with a faithful team and works in other creators (musicians, visual artists, playwrights …).

The companionship

It is the support of an artist by another artist in the artistic, technical and administrative fields. Within the framework of a three-years agreement, this kind of long term support, without limiting itself to performing the production of a new show, deals with the whole development of the artist’s practice. The purpose of the companionship is to help young artists to improve their creative and writing skills, providing them with a space, allowing them to experiment, to test and to confront the public. This initiative is primarily designed for individual artists or companies working in the field of object and puppet theater, in a spirit of openness and crossover with other artistic languages. At most, two artists or companies can be supported for a period of three years. The Vélo Théâtre is among the eight companies commissioned for the companionship (LCMC) puppet object theater by the Ministry of Culture in France, thus offering a national network of exchanges and allowing circulations to artists-companions.

The artists-companions of Vélo Théâtre:

Elise Vigneron / Théâtre de l’Entrouvert / 2008-2011
Balthazar Daninos / Les Ateliers du Spectacle, groupe n+1 / 2011-2014
Yvan Corbineau / Le 7 au soir / 2014-2017
Stéphanie Saint-Cyr Lariflette / Chiendent Théâtre / 2015-2018
Clément Montagnier / TAC TAC / 2017-2019
Magali Rousseau / L’insolite mécanique / 2018-2021

Artistic residencies

A residence at Vélo Théâtre consists in housing an artist or a company for at least fifteen days, and in providing means that vary depending on the project. Residents benefit from the place in working order, technical support, accommodation and financial assistance for the duration of the stay, the amount of which is set according to annual budgets. The Vélo Théâtre team brings its artistic and administrative expertise, acquired through its experience as a company and a venue for shows. Residencies (on average 13 per year) are open to professional artists alone or in company (local, national or international). Vélo Théâtre considers productions and artists whose approach and philosophy are part of both the spirit of the place, but also in its overall artistic policy. Because of the proximity it has with the inhabitants, Vélo Théâtre organizes an exchange during rehearsals open to the public, as well as participative experiences with the spectators or presentation of work in progress at the end of the residency sessions.

Companies hosted in artistic residency at the Vélo Théâtre (non-exhaustive list …):

Anima Théâtre (PACA)
Compagnie Clair-obscur (PACA)
Compagnie Clandestine
Compagnie de l’échelle (Occitanie)
Compagnie des Accès (PACA)
Compagnie Histoire De (PACA)
Espégéca (Occitanie)
Gare centrale (Belgique)
Inouï Productions (PACA)
L’atypique Cie (PACA)
L’insolite mécanique (Île-de-France)
L’oreille buissonnière (PACA)
La robe à l’envers (PACA)
Le Grand Manitou (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Les ateliers du spectacle (Île-de-France)
Lili désastres (Pays de la Loire)
[lodudo] produccion (Occitanie)
Morbus Théâtre (Île-de-France)
Naï No Productions (PACA)
Qui-Bout ! (PACA)
Shona Reppe Puppets (Écosse)
Subito Presto (PACA)
(Occitanie / PACA)
Teatro del Piccione (Italie)
Théâtre de l’Entrouvert (PACA)
Une idée dans l’air (PACA)


The program at Vélo Théâtre concerns the repertoire of the company Vélo Théâtre, companies hosted in artistic residencies and artists-companions, but also remains open to any proposal in resonance with the overall artistic policy.

The program mixes avant-premières, productions in progress, transdisciplinary proposals and any other coherent work. Often the fruit of existing collaborations and partnerships with other structures, these proposals are aimed at all audiences, including children and their families. Particularly at the Greli Grelo Biennale.

The presence of creators in the daily life of the Pays d’Apt-Luberon and its inhabitants gives to artists an important place in the heart of the city.


Through unique artistic and poetic approaches, Vélo Théâtre intends to bring a new perspective on the city, and allow people to build their place as citizens. Theatrical forms contain a political dimension that must be promoted. Vélo Théâtre pays particular attention to addressing the so-called “priority” social group of the territory, and especially to the youngest.

The aim is to involve, through the children, the whole family. At the nursery, school, college and high school or out of school time, the presence of artists in the place develops creative actions always in motion. The many partnerships and collaborations woven over the years, with local associations, social and cultural structures, contribute to put the forces in common, and to design more ambitious plans.