25, rue Saint-Germain Ouest
The 919-seat Salle DESJARDINS-TELUS has an avant-garde stage design, making all forms of artistic expression possible. Unique in Eastern Quebec, the orchestra pit has space for fifty musicians to give full expression to their art. Officially opened on August 26, 2005, this intimate and modern auditorium is a centre for cultural events in Quebec.
Management of the facility is assured by the Société de diffusion de spectacles de Rimouski. (Spect'Art)
Information : 418 725-4990
Box Office : 418 724-0800
Technical characteristics of the auditorium
- 25 metres (82 feet) by 13 metres (42 feet), giving a total surface area of 325 square metres (3500 square feet).
- Dimensions of the stage house
- Width: 12.2 metres (40 feet).
- Height: 6.7 metres (22 feet).
- The total height of the stage house is the equivalent of a five-storey building.
- The total volume of the stage house is the equivalent of one and a half times the combined volume of the old Civic Centre stage and hall.
- The rigging system for the stage is made up of 33 movable battens, 3 of which are motorized and the others equipped with manual counterweight systems. The battens are used to hang various types of equipment above the stage, including:
- stage lighting;
- curtains, borders and legs;
- The stage house is equipped with a grid catwalk to provide access to cables and the pulley system for the movable battens. The clearance between the bottom of the catwalk and the stage floor is 17 metres (56 feet).
- The stage house also has a bridge network giving access to various levels.
- This network continues above the auditorium to allow installation of lighting projectors facing the stage.
- The stage curtain can open:
- Vertically, by raising the batten (Austrian or Braille style);
- Horizontally, from the centre to the sides, by moving it along the rail (traveler style).
- A water curtain system has been installed above the stage house. This system is designed to isolate the stage house from the auditorium in the case of fire on either side, to protect the occupants.
- A specially designed storage room allows the piano to be stored directly on stage.
- Total capacity of 919 seats.
- The seats are distributed as follows:
- The orchestra level has 664 seats.
- The balcony has 235 seats.
- The 4 boxes have a total of 20 movable seats.
- The auditorium has an orchestra pit that is unique in Eastern Quebec, comfortably accommodating 50 musicians. When used, the movable floor is brought down to a lower level and 62 seats are no longer available on the orchestra level of the hall.
- The lateral walls and the majority of the ceilings are designed to reflect sound.
- The walls at the back of the auditorium, as well as the back section of the ceilings and the openings of the bridges are designed to absorb sounds, all of which provides the auditorium with optimal acoustics.
- The acoustic enclosure of the auditorium, particularly the periphery, is equipped with outlets for speakers, cameras, and stage lighting. All wiring is integrated in the building.
- In addition to two accessible bridges above the auditorium, the front of the balcony and the boxes also provide access for installation of stage lighting.
- The auditorium has a main control booth located at the top of the balcony. It is fully equipped to allow complete control of all the production elements: sound, lighting, communications, etc. In addition, follow spots can be installed in the control booth.
- Whe the sound quality of a production is more complex or of greater importance, the controls can be moved to the orchestra level, in an island in the centre of the auditorium. From there, sound technicians have better control over the various parameters, given that they are in a strategic location rather than in an enclosed booth.
- The main hallway around the auditorium is on two levels and is called the “foyer”.
- The tallest part of the foyer, near the glass façade, is 11 metres (36 feet) in height.
- The sloping glass façade is made up of 360 panes of various shapes and sizes.
- The art piece “Odyssée”, by André Du Bois, forms an integral part of the building. It hangs from the ceiling in the tallest part of the foyer. Composed of 2000 pieces of wood and copper, the installation measures 65 feet overall.
- The periphery of the foyer is draped with a decorative acoustic red fabric. The same fabric covers most of the reinforced concrete walls that form the shell of the auditorium.
- The lower level of the foyer, the entresol, houses the cloak room and restrooms.
- The upper part of the glass façade (with etched glass) can be used as a projection screen in the evening.
- The wiring from the camera connections distributed throughout the auditorium feeds back to a video capture control booth to permit recording of performances. This control room can also be used for live television broadcasts, allowing the producer to select the camera images sent to a satellite truck outside the building.
- Equipment and sets for productions can be unloaded at the loading dock a few steps from the stage. Storage rooms and stage services are adjacent to the loading dock.
- The dressing rooms include: two 8-person dressing rooms and two 2-person dressing rooms. The artists’ salon is also nearby.
THE BUILDING IN GENERAL
- If all the wires installed in this building where place end-to-end, they would be 85 kilometres (53 miles) long.
- The total stage lighting that can be installed is equivalent to the electrical supply of 12 single-family homes.
- The ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems are computer-controlled.
SOURCE: Jean-François Tanguay, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Sopax-M.H. Consulting Group Ltd.