Francine Bernier, Artistic and Executive Director
1435 De Bleury St
Agora de la danse was the first permanent venue in Quebec devoted specifically to contemporary dance, and has been at the forefront of new dance creation and presentation for more than 35 years. In addition to offering a public performance venue for dance, Agora also co-produces avant-garde dance projects and provides long-term support for choreographers.
In 2017 Agora de la danse will embark on a new chapter of its existence as it settles into its new home in the Wilder Building in the heart of Montreal’s entertainment district. Its new studios will allow it to better serve the development of new dance works, while continuing to offer a season of national and international performances in a variable configuration theatre that it shares with Tangente. This urban context, combined with evolving artistic practices, will open up a new range of activities both indoors and outdoors such as free live performances, unconventional encounters with the public and architectural video projections.
It is also home to three other dance organizations – les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal et Tangente – making it a unique dance facility in Quebec, a thriving arts centre that simulates encounters between choreographers, spectators, students, professors and presenters.
This is our main performance venue. Multifunctional, it offers a variety of layouts and is suitable for all sorts of events. With retractable seating, the space can be configured for a cocktail buffet, wedding reception, a press launch, a lecture or a cabaret-style arrangement. Moreover, when you rent this space, you have access to the café-bar and its glass walkway (bar service extra).
Surface area: 273 m2
Capacity: 158 to 242, seated / 400 standing
A variety of possible configurations can transform this black box to suit your creative approach, giving an intimate character to your activities, whether a show, a cabaret night or a party. Perfect for film and video shoots.
Surface area: 199 m2
Capacity: 80 to 100, seated / 250 standing
With two walls of glass on either side and equipped with a mirror wall, this light-filled room is ideal for rehearsals, auditions, video shoots or private events. Just right for small groups.
Surface area: 134 m2