Since 1993, the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers have occupied 900 m2 of a former light metallurgy factory, in the neighborhood of Villette-Quatre Chemins in Aubervilliers, on the periphery of Paris.
In 1994, responding to an invitation by Jack Ralite, mayor of Aubervilliers, French choreographer François Verret and a group of artists decided to invest this space and turn it into a place of artistic creation and transdisciplinary exchange, actively open onto the town, its history and its inhabitants.
At the same moment, the association "Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers" is created, to handle the material and financial management of the Laboratoires as they fulfil the public service mission that has been entrusted to them, that is creating a space for the research, practice and creation of art, activities that develop according to the character of each project under the direction of an artistic director for the following artistic focuses: hosting artists in residence, assisting in the research process in relation to various artistic disciplines, arganizing art events and public meetings in connection with various fields of thought, publications, training.
In 2001, François Verret handed over the responsibility of proposing and carrying out a new artistic project to a new team, composed by art critics Yvane Chapuis and François Piron and choreographer Loïc Touzé.
For six years, from 2001 to 2006, the Laboratoires conducted a projet based on research and experimentation following four directions: production, public opening, training and publishing. (see archives 2001-2006)
With regard to the work done since 2001, Yvane Chapuis and Joris Lacoste, proposed in 2007 a new project to take further the research and production programme, to reinforce the assistance and reception for the projects in residence and to extend the audience meeting possibilities.
From 2010 to 2012, the venue has been collectively run by Grégory Castéra, Alice Chauchat and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez.
Since January 2013, Alexandra Baudelot, Dora Garcia and Mathilde Villeneuve are at the head of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers.
Between 2001 and 2003, important reconstruction work have been undertaken to rehabilitate the building, including the restoration of the building, the application of securitystandards, thermal and soundproof isolation of the premises, improvement of the reception conditions for artists and the public, and the technical installation of the work and performance spaces. The building was divided into three big spaces; their polyvalence fits the artistic diversity of the projects.
SPACE 1 — This space (109 m2) is reserved for reception of the public during opening periods, and also allows temporary projects, such as exhibits, public symposiums, performances...
SPACE 2 — This room (110 m2), located under a skylight and equipped with a removable floor, permits various arrangements, for working periods as well as for public events.
SPACE 3 — The large room (240 m2), with a board floor, bleachers, and technical equipment including a studio and seven suspended traveling decks, allows multiple scenic experimentations. This room, deprived of natural light, is mostly used for rehearsals and public performances, and can be rearranged into a dark room for projections. Its polyvalence also
allows the installation of exhibitions.
WORKSHOP — Used for deliveries, stock and construction, this space can be put at the disposal of the artists.
EDITING ROOM — This computerized room is specially designed for digital and sound editing.
TWO DRESSING ROOMS–STUDIOS