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60 years of theatre

The history of Les Gémeaux goes back to 1961, when the Sceaux town council decided to create a socio-educational centre, which was eventually converted into a cultural centre and then a cultural action centre. The inauguration took place on 15 October 1970, and the current name was adopted in 1972 as a tribute to the collaboration between the towns of Sceaux and Bourg-la-Reine. The theatre changed dimension in 1994, when Les Gémeaux received the “Scène Nationale” label from the Ministry of Culture. This followed major renovation work on the theatre, which then took on the form we know today. Three halls – including a jazz club – make it possible to accommodate the variety of programming and artistic programmes.

Les Gémeaux was directed from 1985 to January 2021 by Françoise Letellier.
Since February 2021 it has been directed by Séverine Bouisset.

A nation-wide influence

Over the years, Les Gémeaux has built its reputation for excellence around three core disciplines: theatre, dance and jazz. Drama is pushed to the highest level with long theatrical series and an opening to major international directors. Dance is also programmed all year round, and attracts an ever-growing audience around renowned choreographers and young creators. Finally, jazz, improvised music and contemporary music complete the triptych with a programme without borders. With a dedicated club throughout the season, the Sceaux What, and a festival, the Sceaux Jazz Festival, programmed at the beginning of the summer at the Domaine Départemental de Sceaux, Les Gémeaux offers jazz lovers a rare playground in the Ile-de-France.

These fundamentals are not fixed. They open up to new aesthetics and other disciplines as the programming progresses. They follow the world and increasingly integrate a digital dimension. They go out to meet young people and families by inviting them outside the walls of the Theatre.

The responsibilities of a National Theatre

Les Gémeaux is part of the network of 76 Scènes nationales, mainly located in medium-sized towns throughout France. This ambitious label implies a certain number of responsibilities.
The first is artistic: it means offering a multidisciplinary programme, reflecting the main trends in contemporary artistic production. The artistic responsibility of the National Scenes is towards the artists themselves, by facilitating their research and creative work.
The second is public: the link with the communities and the inhabitants is at the heart of the mission of the National Scenes.
The third is professional: their anchorage in the French cultural landscape now gives them a new responsibility of training, facilitating and of being a reference in the landscape of artistic creation and distribution that surrounds them.