La Cartoucherie de Vincennes

The Cartoucherie de Vincennes is a collection of 7 theatres, all located in and around an old ammunition factory in the Bois de Vincennes. Surrounded by trees, you walk under the old factory sign and enter a large cobbled courtyard which also serves as outside bar/socialising area. At night, hanging lanterns light up the space, making it what Timeout calls un des plus beaux espaces scéniques de la capitale” (one of the most beautiful scenic places in the capital)…

Photo from the Mairie 75012


In 1970, the troupe from the Théâtre du Soleil were looking for new premises to perform in. They came across the disused factory, which was in a terrible state. But the space was so large and so promising that they agreed to renovate the entire property with their own money, sweat and tears. Some years later, four more theatres moved in to the Cartoucherie: the Théâtre de la Tempête, the Théâtre de l’Epée de bois, the Atelier du Chaudron and the Théâtre de l’Aquarium. Now, although they work together, at the same location, the seven theatres are also “friendly” rivals.

The “June Events” festival promises to be more exciting than its name implies. From the 4th-19th June, the Cartoucherie is holding its 7th dance festival. Over 23 companies have been invited to perform, offering a variety of dance genres: from contemporary dance to South African and surrealist interpretations as well as video installations. You can find the entire programme here.

Find the Cartoucherie

By metro: Exit at Chateau de Vincennes and go to the bus station, where the Cartoucherie shuttle arrives 1h15 before the start of each performance, continuing until 10 minutes before.

By bus: n°112, “Cartoucherie” stop (you’ll need a zone 3 ticket)

Address: Route Champ de Manoeuvres, 75012, Paris

The entrance to La Cartoucherie, photo by Carol Dumousseau

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