Autumn 2002, L’Hexagone creates “Les Rencontres-I, festival des imaginaires”, a cultural event involving artists, scientists and companies. The aim was to merge imaginary ideas and energize the imagination. The CEA has been participating since the very first event in producing a new kind of experience. Four festivals and many collaborations later, the two organizations teamed up and committed to going further in cross-fertilisation with the 2007 creation of Atelier Arts Sciences, a shared forum for science and experimentation for artists and scientists.
Atelier Arts Sciences is a joint initiative by Jean Therme, Director of the CEA – Grenoble, and Antoine Conjard, then Director of Hexagone Scene Nationale Arts Sciences – Meylan.
L'HEXAGONE SCÈNE NATIONALE ARTS SCIENCES
Located in Meylan, Isère (France), Hexagone has been a “Scène nationale” since 1989 with a mission to support artistic production and to promote performing arts.
It is an established, artistic production venue of nation-wide reference in the fields of contemporary culture : theatre, dance, music, circus and other emerging forms of art.
it brings to stage and bridges different artistic forms giving priority to contemporary productions.
it contributes to its territory’s (city, department and region) cultural development focusing on new ways of experiencing artistic productions thereby allowing a better integration of art in society.
It has developed a research mission which is incorporated in its contract of objectives for the past four years and it has been brought to life in organizing the Rencontres-i Arts Sciences Biennale and today in the launch of a joint research laboratory with CEA, the Atelier Arts Sciences. This last activity is the result of various interconnected experiences realized during the past few years.
The Hexagone team operates with eighteen staff members and hosts over a hundred shows per year in its 560 seat auditorium with over 30,000 spectators per season from all around the Grenoble area and sells around 2000 season’s tickets.
Two team members are particularly committed to the arts-sciences activity and they work mainly in the offices of Minatec IDEAs Laboratory®.