Pavillon Noir, a place for dance

Today, thanks to the combined determination at several levels of public policy (the national government, the city of Aix-en-Provence, the “Pays d’Aix” metropolitan area, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and the Bouches-du-Rhône department), a choreographic center is under construction in Aix-en-Provence.

This is the very first Choreographic Centre built specifically for the purpose it is to serve.

This is the name chosen by Angelin Preljocaj for the building, making reference to its architecture, colour and raw concrete structure. It also reflects the history of Aix which has seen the construction of pavilions such as the Pavillon Vendôme and the Pavillon de Lenfant over the centuries. The Pavillon Noir is a 21st century pavilion.
A structure of iron and concrete whose glass skin allows the genesis of the dance being created day in, day out in its rehearsal studios to be seen, yet is able to keep the show’s secret and emotion for the 378-seat theatre hidden in the bowels of the building.

Angelin Preljocaj

Pavillon Noir,

– Gross surface area: 3013 m2
– Dimensions: length 35 m, width 18m, height 26,4 m
– One performance hall with stepped 378 seats
– Stage opening: 17m, depth: 14m50
– 4 rehearsal studios

Creation centre:

A residence for various companies, up through the performance of their creation.

Experimentation pole:

A relay point in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region for an international network, and will promote the emergence of new talent.

Educational space:

Facilitate broad public access to dance, by performing a wide range of works by national and international companies, and providing related educational activities.

Dissemination space:

Contribute to the diffusion of dance companies’ works, by offering several different artistic events and scheduling choreographic performances throughout the entire year.

Multi-cultural cooperation centre:

Participate in the construction of cultural cooperation projects, providing access to new aesthetics by hosting international companies.
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Photographie © Jean-Claude Carbonne