About us

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Tangente, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Agora de la danse brought together under one roof.

Espace danse, as this new cultural address will be called, will be much more than a site for training, instruction and creation: it will be the dance destination of choice in Montreal and Quebec, a complex unlike any other in Canada, offering a host of new services to dance professionals and the general public. Acknowledging the contributions the discipline has made over the years, the government of Quebec has enabled these key dance institutions to move to a strategic location, in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles. In order to complete the funding of this project, estimated at $99.2 million, the four organizations have undertaken a major fundraising campaign with a target of $25.8 million. Determined to provide an international showcase for the incredible vitality of Montreal, Quebec and Canadian dance, these organizations are now inviting the entire community to help make their fundraising campaign a success.

Espace danse new installations in the Wilder Building

Les Grands Ballets – 80,000 square feet
  • 4 new dance studios, for a total of seven, allowing the creation of a Recreation Department and the National Centre for Dance Therapy
  • Rest and fitness areas adapted to the needs of the dancers
  • Expanded areas for production work, including costume-making
  • A production studio devoted to creation, accessible to the dance and arts community in general, as well as to the private sector
  • An atrium for the presentation of events and receptions
  • The café and restaurant of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal within the Place des Festivals
Tangente – 13,000 square feet (over 10,000 square feet shared with Agora)
  • A geometrically variable performance hall with a capacity of 160 seated or 400 standing
  • A creation studio
  • A large artists’ dressing room
  • A lobby to receive audiences
  • A documentation centre and archive
  • A ticket office
École de danse – 26,000 square feet
  • 4 studios devoted to the professional training of young dancers
  • A fitness room with state-of-the art equipment
  • A multimedia library open to the dance community
  • Facilities for providing proper health care services
  • An environment conducive to work and study, open to the community
Agora – 18,000 square feet
  • A geometrically variable performance hall with a capacity of 160 seated or 400 standing
  • A creation studio
  • A rehearsal studio
  • A large artists’ dressing room
  • A lobby to receive audiences
  • A ticket office
Installations to match the reputation and ambitions of each organization


More and larger facilities, finally adapted to the needs of the profession, will allow the organizations to realize their full potential and to expand their services offered to dance professionals and the community at large.

The growing number of dancers and crews can now be adequately accommodated, which will be more conducive to creativity and recruitment. The technological advances, moreover, will encourage new avenues of experimentation, risk-taking, research, exchanges and a healthy competitiveness, while keeping artists abreast of the latest national and international trends.

Each organization will benefit from administrative facilities that will improve the working conditions of employees and accommodate ever-expanding teams. They will also have on-site storage space for all technical equipment.


Espace danse in the Wilder building: Multiple services accessible to all

Espace danse will meet the various needs related to creation, training, presentation, research and social innovation in dance.

Professional dancers, choreographers, dance students, researchers, recreational clienteles, dance enthusiasts, as well as dance therapists and recipients of dance therapy services, will all have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Integrated into an exceptional artistic showcase where over 10 million visitors circulate in the summer alone, Espace danse will not go unnoticed—especially with its outdoor projections. Its goal: to draw visitors to its premises, encouraging them to appropriate a site designed for one an all, not only artists and students but the entire community.

Access to the site will be facilitated by a nearby métro station and two entrances: one via the Place des Festivals and the other via Bleury Street.

The restaurant with its café terrace overlooking the Place des Festivals will help to attract the general public to Espace danse, as well as the approximately 400 employees working in the Wilder Building.

Altogether, it is estimated that 50,000 people will pass through the Espace danse site during the first year.

Photo credits:

Lapointe Magne & Ædifica



  • Elise Charbonneau
  • Director, Espace danse Campaign
  • Director, Fundraising and Events, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
  • echarbonneau@grandsballets.com
  • 514 849-8681