Théâtre Espace Go

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Théâtre Espace Go
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Espace Go on Saint Laurent Blvd.
Address 4890 Saint Laurent Boulevard
City Montreal
Country Quebec, Canada
Architect Éric Gauthier
Type Women's theatre
Capacity 160-280
Opened 1995
Website
http://www.espacego.com/

Théâtre Espace Go (commonly known as Espace Go, French for "Go Space") is a theatre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1985 as the feminist Théâtre Expérimental des Femmes, the company changed its name to Théâtre Espace Go in 1994 and broadened its mandate.[1][2]

In 1988, it received the Grand Prix from the Conseil des arts de Montréal for its contributions to the city's culture. In 1991, it was honoured with a special prize from the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre.[1]

In 1995, Espace Go moved to a new $5,000,000 complex on Saint Laurent Boulevard.[1] Architect Éric Gauthier received the Prix d'Excellence from the Ordre des architectes du Québec for the building, which was formally inaugurated on March 9, 1995. The initial production in the new space was Philippe Minyana's Inventaires, directed by Louise Laprade,[2] who was one of the co-founders of the Théâtre Expérimental des Femmes.[3]

Espace Go serves as a home for several Montreal theatre companies, including Théâtre PÀP and Théâtre I.N.K..[4]

Controversy[edit]

The evolution of Espace Go from its roots as a feminist theatre group has not been without controversy. In January 2010, Pol Pelletier, a co-founder of the Théâtre Expérimental des Femmes, took out an advertisement in Le Devoir attacking Espace Go for abandoning the founding group's feminist principles. This was not the first time that Pelletier had leveled such a charge at Espace Go: ten years earlier, a condemnatory letter from Pelletier earned a "terse response" from the theatre's then-director of the board, Louise Beaudoin.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Charlebois, Gaetan. "Espace Go". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Bertin, Raymond (2011). "Espace GO". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Boulanger, Luc (18 January 2010). "Anniversaire du Théâtre Espace GO - Pol Pelletier lance une guerre des dates". Le Devoir (in French) (Montreal). Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Aubin, Benoit (28 August 2010). "Quoi de neuf sur les planches?". Canoe.ca (in French). Retrieved 22 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Official website (in French)