Agora is much more than dance performances. It is also creative workshops of all sorts, participative projects with schools, get-togethers, discussions and audience development activities. For close to 30 years we have been presenting numerous initiatives aimed at promoting contemporary dance and dance artists, bringing dance into the lives of young people, adults and families.

Families & Young Audiences

Since its inception, Agora has established close ties with young audiences by performing in schools and inviting students to attend shows along with their classmates or families. Not even a pandemic can vanquish that fertile relationship!


For more information about our youth activities and school matinees, please contact

Frédérique Doyon : commissaire@agoradanse.com
514 525-7575 poste 242

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Puzzle danse

An educational digital dance
For children 8 to 13

Enjoy this free, playful and educational activity on the Web!

Online since January 2022, the interactive Puzzle Dance game has been enriched by new forms of dance. Two hip-hop duos by Alexandra “Spicey” Landé’s company Ebnfloh have been added to the contemporary dance solo puzzle by Destins Croisés.

Puzzle dance combines a digital puzzle with creative choreography. Conceived by our audience development specialist Frédérique Doyon, this in-class activity is designed for students aged 8 to 13.

Note that the Puzzle danse is available only on computers and tablets and in French only.


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Our sincere thanks to the Canada Council of the Arts for its support.

The students select the dance style and the music, and then cobble together bits of dance movement to create a choreography. They can then view and share the videos they have made.

Extras

  • A tutorial video that presents the steps of a short dance excerpt.
  • A teaching kit, produced in association with the Centre de services scolaire de Montréal, is also available.
  • Workshop an in-school  workshop inspired by the Puzzle Danse with Destins Croisés or Ebnfloh.

For reservations or questions, please contact Frédérique Doyon at commissaire@agoradanse.com

School Matinee

Le sacre de Lila
Destins Croisés

November 22, 2022 > 1 p.m.
November 24, 2022 > 1 p.m.

For high school students [SOLD OUT]

The choreographer Ismaël Mouaraki explores his Moroccan roots and cultural and artistic background in this new ensemble piece for ten male dancers. The trances and spirituality of traditional mystical and musical celebrations in Morocco are combined with contemporary urban dance forms, revealing all the sensuality and sensitivity of a community of men.

+Preparatory workshops available

195 $ + tx / classe
Reservations required for preparatory workshops.

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Le Sacre de Lila © Sylvie Ann-Paré

Destination Danse
Dominique Porte | Système D
February 2, 2023 > 1 p.m.

Age 8 years old and +

A “danced presentation” that is both playful and educational.
The choreographer Dominique Porte and her two performers draw from personal experience to reveal key moments in the history of dance, from prehistory to the present day. The dance then literally takes shape, coming to life before our eyes! How did people dance at the court of Louis XIV? Where does the joy and pleasure of physical movement come from?

An educational tool available on the Web. Learn more about the history of dance and help students prepare for the show. ( The tool is n French)

+Preparatory workshops available
Reservations required for preparatory workshops.

This dance experience is also avalaible in the school gymnasium / autitorium:
weeks of February 21, 2023 and March 13, 2023
(date and time set in collaboration with the schools)

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Destination Danse © Roxenne Bédard

Dance Discovery Workshops

Adapted to specific age levels, the Agora workshops include a warm-up session, improvisation or exploration games and the learning or creation of a mini-choreography. Available at any time upon request.

Artists Emmalie Ruest, Sonik Boom, Zoé Delsalle

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Initiation to Movement, or Introduction to Contemporary Dance

Artist-facilitator: Emmalie Ruest

Preschoolers and Grades 1 to 3

Discover the infinite possibilities of movement and the pleasure of dancing!

In the style of…

Artist-facilitator: Emmalie Ruest and Zoé Delsalle

Grades 4 to 8 preferably, and with previous workshop experience

Students discover the keys to creativity and dance performance (physical awareness of the space, listening to others). They learn a dance excerpt from the company repertoire in the comfort of their living rooms, or they build a dance from scratch to be presented as a school show. Plunge into dance!

Introduction to Breakdance

Artist-facilitator: Sonik Boom

All ages

Students have fun learning the basic elements of breakdance and the primary tools for creating dance choreography: Top Rock, Go Down, Foot Work, Freeze, Power Move and Bounce.

Atelier École La Mennais Emmalie Ruest © Svetla Atanasova
Atelier École La Mennais Emmalie Ruest © Svetla Atanasova
Atelier École Lanaudière Sonik Boom © Daniel Julien Inacio-Kirchlinde
Atelier École Lanaudière Sonik Boom © Daniel Julien Inacio-Kirchlinde

Prix Agora de la danse

For 20 years, these awards have been appointed annually to the top dance students selected in dance departments or extracurricular dance programs at schools across Quebec (secondary and college levels). By doing this since the early 2000s, Agora de la danse hopes to light a spark, or even better, to nurture a lasting passion for dance among the young generation.

Recipients receive an Agora certificate, a pair of tickets for a series of our season’s shows and are invited to take part in a dance workshop in our studios conducted by a professional artist. 

Unique rendezvous with artists

Dance-related activities all year long. Agora de la danse offers many activities to a public curious about new ways of interacting with contemporary dance. Come into the studio and chat with the artists, attend a public rehearsal or take part in a movement workshop.

Midi-coulisses

Keep an eye out for our Midi-coulisses lunchtime events on Facebook Live. Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute get-together with a choreographer featured this season as he or she puts the finishing touches to a new work, the action filmed live at the performance venue!

Take a virtual plunge into the Agora performance space and discover, via Facebook Live, the finishing touches to a new dance piece, a close-up look at the work that features one or more live excerpts as well as an interview with the artist. The public can also ask questions during the course of the conversation.

Midi-coulisses events are an opportunity to discover specific aspects of different approaches to dance creation. What is the choreographer working on one week before the première? How does she or he portray the body, that vital component of movement as art? How does he or she work with the dancers and other collaborators? These and other questions are part and parcel of the event.

12:15 to 12:45 Free event on our Facebook Live 

Meet the Artists

Post-show encounters. A series of interdisciplinary discussions full of opinions and unruly voices. Meet the artists on Thursday evenings after the performance.

A Taste of Dance

Discover the tastes and cooking skills of some artists of our season as you enjoy a bite to eat after the show. Sharing a meal is another way of getting a different take (and taste!) on their dance performance!

What sort of food do our artists like? Are they fond of Grandma’s tried and true recipes, a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed after the show?  Do they prefer traditional dishes from their  culture of origin, or the comfort food of the host country?

Whether handed down from one generation to the next over the centuries or treasured due to social or political convictions, whether they cross geographic or cultural borders, our favourite recipes have tales to tell. These stories influence us as humans and as artists. A Taste for Dance seeks to extend the artistic encounter by sharing the tastes, flavours and delights of other foods in an intimate cultural and culinary event.

After the performance on Saturday, October 22, featuring Justine A. Chambers and Laurie Young.

After the performance on Saturday, November 26. featuring Ismaël Mouaraki | Destins Croisés.

One hundred more | Justine A. Chambers + Laurie Young © Gianmarco Bresadola @ Agora de la danse, Montréal
One hundred more | Justine A. Chambers + Laurie Young © Gianmarco Bresadola

Le sacre de Lila | Ismaël Mouaraki | Destins Croisés | © Sylvie-Ann Paré | Danny Morissette-Alexandre Wilhelm-Rodrigo Alvarenga Bonilla-Leo Coupal Lafleur
Le sacre de Lila | Ismaël Mouaraki | Destins Croisés | © Sylvie-Ann Paré

Figures

These short video capsules present quick portraits of a few selected artists from our season. Each is asked three questions, and the answers provide a glimpse of their daily lives: intimate moments, their daily routines and a look at them rehearsing or creating new dance works in the studio.

First Figure: Lucie Grégoire.