Creative Residency at Agora
Une première fois

Given the enthusiasm and great success of its first edition, Agora de la danse is thus launching a call for proposals for two artistic residencies for Quebec’s professional dance artists who have not previously received support from Agora or had their shows presented in its venues. Each residency consists of two weeks working in our Espace blanc venue.

By means of these two residencies, Agora aims to:

  • reinforce its commitment to the dance community
  • encourage in-person, back-and-forth contact and artistic exchange
  • give voice to a diversity of dance and movement practices.

Agora de la danse

For more than 30 years, Agora de la danse has been inviting audiences to take part in diverse and stimulating contemporary dance experiences in its downtown Montreal venue. Agora not only presents dance performances, but also actively supports the creation of dance. Every year it presents a season of shows, most of them new works. It offers creative residencies to artists, co-produces shows and builds bridges between artists and citizens.


  • To provide Quebec dance professionals with an opportunity for initial support in the creation of new works
  • To discover and assist new artistic approaches
  • To stimulate the development of a wide range of dance forms
  • To encourage partnership between artists and the Agora team by means of active feedback during the artistic residencies

*A residency entails no obligation to present a performance.


Professional dance artists based in Quebec who have not previously benefited from support from Agora de la danse.


First artistic residency:  October 30th to November 10th, 2023
Second artistic residency: January 8th to January 19th, 2024

*Dates cannot be changed. Allow time for feedback meetings with the Agora’ team during the residency period.

Terms and Conditions

  • One residency period / per artist
  • $5000 / residency
  • Access to the rehearsal studio (Espace blanc)

The studio is located on the 4th floor, which is reserved for ‘’bare bones’’ residencies.

Dimensions: 46’7’’ x 30’11’’ (14,20m x 9,42m);

Resilient dance floor made of varnished light maple wood;

2 glass walls, 1 white wall with German masking;

Suspended overhead sound system; professional equipment, latest generation; 57’’ LG video monitor;

Suspended fluorescent worklights with dimmers – No hanging points – No total black;

No dressing rooms – Access to communal kitchen on first floor;

Studio capacity: 12 people; Available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Espace blanc | Agora de la danse

How to Apply

Provide the following information (2 pages or 500 words maximum):

  • Presentation of the artist, his or her artistic approach and the members of the support team
  • What do you intend to explore during this residency, and how do you think that this Agora experience will be of benefit to you?
  • A hyperlink to a video excerpt of the work done so far (rehearsal excerpt), or of a previous dance piece of yours.


Submit your application to Vanessa Bousquet at by the 28th of April, 2023 at 5 p.m. at the latest, in a compressed Zip file.

Selection Process

The selection committee will consist of Agora de la danse’artistic team.

Selections will be announced by May 26, 2023.