L’Abri’s project is built through a voluntary approach of partnerships with local cultural institutions, with the intention of creating programming platforms for up-and-coming artists. In this context, L’Abri focuses on creating links between venues and the Associated Artists.

Local partners

La Bâtie
Festival pluridisciplinaire

Since 2018, L’Abri and La Bâtie have developped a partnership that aims to support emerging artists. Each year, we organise a seminar for L’Abri’s Associated Artists in close collaboration with the festival. Each year, La Bâtie launches a call for project for L’Abri’s residents with the aim of co-producing one or two projects for the next edition.

Local partners

Création chorégraphique émergente

EMERGENTIA is a platform for contemporary and emerging choreographic creation. The fruit of a collaboration between L’Abri, the Pavillon – ADC and the TU – Théâtre de l’Usine, Emergentia is born from the shared desire to support contemporary and emerging choreographic creation, from the desire to create an open, abundant and generous platform of discovery… The programming, developped jointly by the three venues, combines a mix of local and international pieces as well as the co-production of several local creations through the framework of the festival.

Local partners

C'est Déjà Demain
Festival de la jeune création

The excitement of first times! The purpose of the C’est déjà demain festival is to present the first projects of new creators from the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Théâtre du Loup, Théâtre Saint-Gervais Genève, L’Abri, and Le Grütli – Centre de production et de diffusion des arts vivants are pleased to come together to present its next edition. Sketches, first drafts, first and second projects, end of master’s studies performances: a compact, diverse and promising program!

Institutional partners

Support per project

L’Abri builds solid partnerships with a variety of international art organisations and artistic networks. This enables Associated Artists to carry out residencies in foreign countries. These partnerships are not unilateral, they function as exchanges: emerging foreign artists are welcomed to L’Abri just as our artists are welcomed abroad. These spaces for dialogue are a fertile meeting ground for artistic and intellectual stimulation, and also facilitate international collaborations between the Associate Artists and the foreign artists hosted at L’Abri.

Residency exchanges

Réseau Grand Luxe
France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Greece

The Réseau Grand Luxe is defined as a platform of artistic exchanges for choreographers who wish to develop new projects. Launched in 2015 and now supported by eight partner structures, the reseau Grand Luxe proposes to provide support for new choreographic creators and their projects.
Its nine partner institutions – the Grand Studio in Brussels, the Centre Chorégraphique National – Ballet de Lorraine, the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin – CCN de Mulhouse, PÔLE SUD – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National de Strasbourg, the Teatro Municipal dò Porto, the TROIS C-L | Maison pour la danse, the Freiburg Theater in Freiburg im Breisgau, L’Abri in Geneva and the Onassis Stegi in Athens – have decided to pool their know-how and their teams to serve artistic projects from their territories, which require, at some point in their development, specific and adapted assistance.

Residency exchanges

Opération Iceberg
France, Switzerland

Initiated and led by the Eurockéennes de Belfort (FR) and La Fondation cma (CH), 13 Franco-Swiss cultural actors are developing an experimental project to support 11 emerging groups who benefit from residencies (Immersions), training (Arrimages), and concerts (Grands bains) thanks to privileged opportunities to meet with technical coordinators, artistic contributors, and new technology communicators.
L’Abri has joined the Iceberg project as a reference structure for Geneva, hosting coaching residencies and proposing an Associate Artist for each season of the project.

Residency exchanges

Futuros Emergentes

Futuros Emergentes is a project designed in collaboration with REDIV. The Red Iberoamericana de Videodanza, REDIV, is a network of managers, researchers and artists that works transversally through various projects and actions of curating, dissemination, training, management, production and research in the field of video dance.
The collaborative project consists of a series of exchanges of artist residencies between Switzerland and REDIV members as well as digital residencies bringing together the participants via the internet.
Futuros Emergentes was created as part of ProHelvetia’s “To Gather” call for projects, with the aim of fostering a time of critical reflection on the current situation, sharing ideas for more equal forms of exchange between cultures and contexts, and experimenting with new formats of collaboration.

Residency exchanges

Nau Ivanow

Nau Ivanow is a performing arts residency space that welcomes and supports young companies in their artistic creation. Their mission is to facilitate the creative process, project mobility and the internationalisation of artists and companies. Nau Ivanow fosters exchanges between artists and seeks to professionalise them, particularly emerging artists. Through the residency programme, the aim is to respond to the difficulties of accessing spaces and working contexts.

Nau Ivanow aims to be an international reference for professionalisation, mobility and residencies for scenic creation. It aims to give artists a foothold and to create a space where communities can experiment with creative processes in a participatory way, either amongst themselves or during meetings between companies and the local area, thereby enhancing the creative process and the reality of the cultural sector.

Residency exchanges

Kaserne Basel

Kaserne Basel is one of the most important venues for the independent contemporary theatre, dance, performance and popular music scene in Switzerland. Moreover, it is a key partner of the local, national and international theatre and dance scene and, as a co-producer, continuously promotes the development of independent theatre and dance companies, as well as young artists from Basel, Switzerland and around the world. Kaserne Basel is also well known for its concerts featuring internationally and nationally renowned musicians. The Kaserne is also renowned for its concerts with musicians of international and national renown. The programme, which focuses on concert programming, is characterised by an eclectic mix of emerging, promising and innovative groups, as well as those that are already well established.

To provide a place for creative exchange and conviviality, the Kaserne offers a range of residency formats for artists. In collaboration with various partners in Western Switzerland and Ticino (LAC Lugano, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Arsenic, L'Abri, Théâtre St-Gervais Genève, Théâtre du Grütli), three-month research residencies are held at the Kaserne. The aim is to promote artistic exchange between Switzerland's different linguistic regions.

Residency exchanges


Founded in 1970, Glej Theatre is Slovenia's oldest independent theatre. An experimental venue and production house, it has acted as a springboard for most of today's leading Slovenian directors.

The Glej Theatre mainly produces and hosts contemporary performing arts shows and research projects, while also offering young directors a chance to gain exposure in professional working conditions. A small 70-seat auditorium allows each spectator to enjoy a unique experience of experimental theatre.

In order to open up Slovenian theatre to foreign and non-Slovenian-speaking audiences living in Ljubljana, the Glej Theatre has set up a performing arts programme in English and offers performances in English or with English subtitles every first Saturday of the month.

The Glej Theatre is part of several local and international networks to offer artists different solutions for internationalising their work, addressing issues of mobility in relation to environmental impact, gender equality, respect for minorities and rebalancing with disadvantaged countries.

Residency exchanges

Galerie Rhizome

rhizome is a newly established contemporary art gallery in Alger. Functioning as both a commercial gallery and as an independent arts organisation, rhizome works to promote emerging contemporary artists with a focus on art from Algeria and its diaspora.

In collaborating with artists, rhizome works closely with individual approaches and practices to support the realisation of extraordinary projects. rhizome strives to develop its artist roster to include both emerging and established talent. This will form a diverse community that will exchange varied perspectives, bridging the generational gap and promoting mutual learning.

rhizome's participation in the commercial gallery market enables the space to fund its training, mediation and residency projects. The cultural space includes a flat in which residencies are regularly organised.

Residency exchanges

Festival Nido - Rivera

Nido is a festival of live arts and performance. Around the artistic programme, another group of artists (mainly young artists from South America) is created: invited by Nido, they camp on site, participate in discussions, exchanges and laboratories surrounded and accompanied by an artist mentor.

Campo Abierto is a platform dedicated to stimulating creative thinking and practices from different backgrounds such as education, culture, art or technology. Campo Abierto seeks to put these thoughts and practices to work on the social problems and needs in which the space is situated, with the idea of generating innovative prototypes of life that promote social development. About ten kilometres from the city centre of Rivera and on the border of Livramento in Brazil, the ten hectares of Campo Abierto form a large wasteland of experimentation for new forms of habitat, creation and collective reflection.
Since 2018, L’Abri has been collaborating with Nido to allow several young artist associates to participate in this project.

Residency exchanges


Active since 2021, LaPătrat² is a non-profit association dedicated to creating an artistic platform dedicated to cultural diversity, innovation and international cooperation. L'Abri's collaboration with LaPătrat² follows on from the exchanges initiated in 2019 with the independent cultural scene in the city of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. In the past, L'Abri has collaborated with the Fabrica de Pensule/The Paintbrush Factory, the first large-scale collective arts project on the Romanian cultural scene and a pertinent example of the transformation of an industrial building into a cultural space. Following the dematerialisation of the Fabrica de Pensule in 2020, L'Abri wanted to continue its relationship with the teeming local artistic environment made up of a vast network of like-minded organisations. Through its projects, LaPătrat² contributes to the promotion of innovation in contemporary art and culture at a local level and to the promotion of artistic cooperation at an international level. Thanks to the international artistic residencies they organise, they connect young artists from L'Abri with local artistic structures such as Reactor Cluj, Casa Transit, Centre chorégraphique Om and Ziz Art and Social Area.

Residency exchanges

K3 – Zentrum Für Choregraphie

K3 in Kampnagel is a competence centre for contemporary dance, artistic research and dance education.
K3 has been funded by the City of Hamburg since 2011 and is one of the few centres for choreographic creation in the German-speaking regions of Europe.
One of the main focuses of K3’s work is the development of various forms of residencies and artistic work formats that combine research, production and presentation. Promoting and supporting choreographers and dance professionals at the beginning of their careers is a major priority. In addition to providing information and advice, the centre offers creators and other professionals in the field regular courses and professional training, workshops and complementary learning formats. Since its foundation, K3 has played an important role as a place of artistic exchange and networking in the development of a dynamic and networked dance scene in Hamburg, while promoting its national and international networks.