Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, in full agreement with Michel Bisson, President of the agglomeration community Grand Paris Sud Seine-Essonne-Sénart and François Durovray, President of the Departmental Council of Essonne, gives its approval to the appointment of Matthias Tronqual to the direction of the national scene of the Essonne, Agora-Desnos to Evry-Courcouronnes/ Ris-Orangis on unanimous proposal of the jury meeting on 29 September 2022.

Matthias Tronqual has been Secretary General of MC 93 since 2015. He previously held programming responsibilities for young audiences and educational and cultural services at the Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume and the Centquatre in Paris. He directed the Club des Enfants Parisiens, a place of artistic, cultural and sporting practices.

Matthias Tronqual proposes a project that is in keeping with the singular identity of the Agora-Desnos, initiated by Christophe Blandin-Estournet, and proposes its development, to make the participation of all a practice and a trademark affirmed for the national scene.

His project invites us to rethink the meeting of art with audiences, in particular by creating the Biennale de «l'art en commun», the first edition of which is scheduled for summer 2024, which will be a unifying time and the trademark of the territory. In addition, it proposes new ways of involving the inhabitants so that everyone finds his place in his relationship to the works and the national scene, with the multiplication of dedicated spaces: creation of a mobile space «parents/ children», a training in arts and cultural education for professionals and a «Faire école» scheme offered to fifteen young people in the territory for two years.

It makes youth, from early childhood to young adults, a central axis of its project, in order to respond to the strong presence of young people in the territory. Half of the programming will be devoted to youth, presented in both theatres and on the road on the department.

Matthias Tronqual will surround himself with the associated artists Penda Diouf for the theatre, Nach for the dance, Phia Ménard for the circus arts on which he will rely to reflect on new forms of involvement of the artists and who will participate in the choice of programming, to the construction of the highlights and will accompany the emerging artists of the territory.

Matthias Tronqual succeeds Christophe Blandin-Estournet, Director of the National Scene of Essonne, Agora-Desnos since 2012, whose exceptional work has enabled the minister to develop a unique project in the network of national stages, around the concept of “project located”, in a rich and constantly renewed dialogue with the territory.