In Châteauroux, the Chauffoir aims to be a place of socialization

In Châteauroux, the Chauffoir aims to be a place of socialization
In Châteauroux, the Chauffoir aims to be a place of socialization

A stone’s throw from the station, the Chauffoir, a cultural and emulation place, develops artistic projects in its premises of more than 400 m2. Created by two companies, La Bolita and Les 3 Cris, the Chauffoir allows artists to come together to develop their projects. Rehearsal rooms, a music studio, a set construction shed make up this atypical space, completely renovated by its members two years ago. “Le Chauffoir is a concept before being a place. The idea is to provide a work space for companies, make the place available for internships, workshops,” explains Cecilia S., member of the 3 Cris.

“It’s important for young artists, when they start, to have access to these places”

As the meetings that this “artistic hub” allows, collaborations can appear between professionals, “amateur and professional artists rub shoulders”underlines Cecilia.

Le Chauffoir allows professionals linked to the world of entertainment to work in the midst of cultural emulation. “I was coworking at the CCI and I was asked to come and settle here. I have a dedicated office, in a place where there is artistic traffic”says Frédérick Sauzet, head of a live performance communications company.

The neighborhood also benefits from the Chauffoir. The celebrations planned for June 23 on the occasion of Neighbors’ Day will take place there and, throughout the year, exchanges with artists are frequent. “They ask us questions, are interested in what we do. We were really well received”testifies Francis Labbaye, founder of La Bolita Compagnie.

Long-term reception of artists

Bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are available to artists who can settle in for a short period in the large enclosure. “They can stay in residence for several weeks. It’s important, especially for young artists, when they start, to have access to these places,” explains the choreographer of 3 Cris. Some also take the opportunity to create their sets, before (re)going on tour.

Upcoming events at the Chauffoir

From May 31 to June 2: exhibition (collage)

June 14: residency outings (theatre)

June 21: school mediation and recital

June 23: Neighbors Day

July 6 and 7: Pilates and yoga flow course

September 9: concert, as part of the “Équinoxe – En Campagne 2024” tour

From September 13 to 15: exhibition (painting)

October 4: exit from residency (dance)

More information on www.lechauffoir.com

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