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DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ, Choreographer, founder and artistic director of Daniel Léveillé Danse

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor and City of Montreal

Work presented in Montréal in 2016-2017: Amour, acide et noix and La pudeur des icebergs, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, December 2016. The jury sought to recognize Daniel Léveillé, one of Québec’s bestknown choreographers on the international stage and a master teacher, for his impact on the dance community and the longevity of his career. Daniel […]

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CONSTANCE V. PATHY, Philanthropist, president of the board of directors of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Le Prix de la danse de Montréal, catégorie CONTRIBUTION EXCEPTIONNELLE présenté par

les Prix de la danse de Montréal

The board of directors of the PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL was intent on recognizing Ms. Pathy’s contribution to the dance and music communities, as well as her major philanthropic efforts in favour, notably, of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, to which she made an exceptional donation meant to help the company develop […]

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LORRAINE HÉBERT, Consultant, researcher, writer, and arts and culture host

PRIX GESTIONNAIRE CULTUREL(LE) présenté par

Diagramme – Gestion culturelle

The board of directors of Diagramme sought to recognize Lorraine Hébert’s long-standing and unwavering commitment to the RQD as its director for 13 years, and to highlight her exceptional contribution to the development of dance. Lorraine Hébert successfully dealt with unfavourable political circumstances to significantly increase public support for the dance sector. She was able […]

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PAIGE CULLEY, Dancer

Le Prix DÉCOUVERTE DE LA DANSE présenté par

Agora de la danse and Tangente

Work presented in Montréal in 2016-2017: Pour presented at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in September 2016 and as part as the Festival TransAmériques at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in June 2017. Paige Culley brings an exceptional presence and deep-felt introspection to the stage. She pours her body and soul into research in order to inform […]

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MANUEL ROQUE, Dancer

PRIX INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la culture

Work presented in Montréal in 2016-2017: bang bang, Théâtre Prospero, Festival TransAmériques, June 2017. This award recognizes Manuel Roque’s highly diversified career. This poetic and virtuosic dancer possesses a solid athletic and technical background. The jury singled out his creative passion, the quality of this commitment, and the rigour and depth of his approach. BIOGRAPHY […]

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ESTHER GAUDETTE, Dancer

PRIX INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la culture

Work presented in Montréal in 2016-2017: When the ice melts, will we drink the water? by Daina Ashbee, Agora de la danse, March-April 2017 and Amour, acide et noix and La pudeur des icebergs by Daniel Léveillé, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, December 2016. The jury cited the great power, precision and instincts of Esther Gaudette, […]

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VICTOR QUIJADA, Artistic director and choreographer

Envol Award for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance présenté par

Conseil des arts de Montréal

The jury members sought to highlight Victor Quijada’s original and personal field of research, based on a hybridization of forms reflecting his training and experiences as a performer. Victor Quijada has played the part of a trailblazer by opening up the stage to street dance, thus democratizing a dance that had long been marginalized and […]

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MANUEL ROQUE, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

bang bang Work presented in Montréal in 2016-2017: bang bang, Théâtre Prospero, Festival TransAmériques, June 2017. The members of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s selection committee were enthralled by Manuel Roque’s thrilling performance in his creation bang bang. In this emotionally charged work, the performer seemed to attain a state of […]

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ÉDOUARD LOCK, Choreographer

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor and Ville de Montréal

BIOGRAPHY Édouard Lock began his choreographic career at the age of 20 and formed La La La Human Steps in 1980. He would soon receive numerous commissions from such companies as the Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Cullberg. In 1990 he collaborated with David Bowie as art director of […]

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GILLES SAVARY, Cultural Manager

PRIX GESTIONNAIRE CULTUREL(LE) présenté par

Diagramme – gestion culturelle

BIOGRAPHY Gilles Savary has worked in the dance sector for nearly three decades. From 1987 to 1991, he was the Interim Administrative Director of O Vertigo before becoming the company’s tour director. Since then, he has served as the Executive Director of Fortier Danse-Création. Deeply committed to the dance community, he has sat on various […]

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DAINA ASHBEE, Choreographer-performer

Le Prix DÉCOUVERTE DE LA DANSE présenté par

Agora de la danse and Tangente

BIOGRAPHY Daina Ashbee is a Montreal-based artist, performer and choreographer of Dutch, Cree and Métis descent. Her work is often influenced by her heritage and experiences as a young woman, using both contemporary and traditional means of expression. She has performed at the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation in Switzerland (2015), the Musée d’ethnographie […]

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DAINA ASHBEE, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

WHEN THE ICE MELTS, WILL WE DRINK THE WATER? BIOGRAPHy Daina Ashbee is a Montreal-based artist, performer and choreographer of Dutch, Cree and Métis descent. Her work is often influenced by her heritage and experiences as a young woman, using both contemporary and traditional means of expression. She has performed at the Global Alliance Against […]

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SOPHIE CORRIVEAU, Performer

PRIX INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la culture

BIOGRAPHY Sophie Corriveau has worked in the field of contemporary dance as a performer, choreographer, instructor, rehearsal director and artistic consultant. After studying at the École supérieure de danse du Québec, she began her career at the Theatre Ballet of Canada before joining Montréal Danse (1989 to 1993). Since then, as an independent dancer, she […]

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ROGER SINHA, Choreographer

Envol Award for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance présenté par

Conseil des arts de Montréal

BIOGRAPHY Born in England to an Armenian mother and Indian father, Roger Sinha moved to Saskatoon in 1968 at the age of eight. After graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, he settled in Montreal and quickly became involved in several collaborations within the blossoming local artistic community. He danced in the celebrated work, […]

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ALAIN PLATEL, Choreographer

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor and Ville de Montréal

BIOGRAPHY Alain Platel comes from Ghent, Belgium. He trained as a teacher for the mentally and physically handicapped, and is a self-taught director. In 1984 he created with friends and family a troupe that functioned as a collective, les ballets C de la B. Starting with Emma (1988), he made his mark as a director. […]

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LUCIE VIGNEAULT, Performer

PRIX INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la culture

BIOGRAPHY Lucie Vigneault pursues advanced training at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she obtained a B.A. in dance performance in 2001 as well as a dance teaching diploma in 2008. Over the course of the past decade she has worked on a number of artistic projects as a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director or choreographer. […]

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AURÉLIE PEDRON, Choreographer

Le Prix DÉCOUVERTE DE LA DANSE présenté par

Agora de la danse and Tangente

BIOGRAPHY Aurélie Pedron settled in Montreal in 1999. After finishing a B.A. in dance at UQAM in 2013, she completed her M.A. thesis entitled “L’émergence en création ou l’antihéroïsme du créateur”. Early in her career she produced 10 videos that were distributed in 14 countries. She prefers onstage work, and focuses her research on the […]

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MÉLANIE DEMERS, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

WOULD BIOGRAPHY Born in Montreal in 1974, Mélanie Demers studied dance, literature and theatre in Quebec City before returning to Montreal for studies at the contemporary dance school LADMMI. She graduated in 1996 and made her début with choreographers such as Danièle Desnoyers, Roger Sinha and Paula de Vasconcelos. Two years later she was hired […]

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ZAB MABOUNGOU/COMPAGNIE DANSE NYATA NYATA, Choreographer

Envol Award for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance présenté par

Conseil des arts de Montréal

BIOGRAPHY A choreographer, dancer, philosopher and writer of French and Congolese origin, Zab Maboungou is the artistic director of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a contemporary dance company founded in 1987. It is based in Montreal and encompasses the creation of dance works, research and teaching. Her richly introspective and dynamic body language strike the […]

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MEG STUART, Choreographer

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor

BIOGRAPHY Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer, born in New Orleans, living and working in Berlin and Brussels. Stuart decided to move to New York in 1983 and studied dance at New York University. She continued her training at Movement Research where she explored numerous release techniques and was actively involved in the […]

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CAROL PRIEUR, Performer

PRIX INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la culture

BIOGRAPHY Carol Prieur was born in Paris, spent her childhood years in Ireland, and arrived in Canada at age eleven. After dancing in the Arts Umbrella Youth Dance Company (1985-1988) and at Simon Fraser University (1988-1989), she began her professional career with the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers (1989-1992). She participated in a number of creations, performing […]

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BENOÎT LACHAMBRE, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

PRISMES BIOGRAPHY In this choreographic work, Benoît Lachambre plunges the six Montréal Danse performers and the audience into a game of perceptions, scrutinizing the dancers’ physical presence, and using radiant luminosity, exploring how bodies furtively interact with each other. The choreographer heightens the presence of his performers by an interplay of vivid, fluctuating, sometimes jarringly […]

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DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

SOLITUDES SOLO BIOGRAPHY A well-known Montreal choreographer and dance teacher, Daniel Léveillé exclusively holds an original position on the Canadian contemporary dance scene. Over the past 35 years, he has created more than thirty works performed by talented dancers, thus contributing to the evolution of this living art form. He is an alumnus of the […]

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BENOÎT LACHAMBRE, Choreographer-performer

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor

BIOGRAPHY Constantly developing himself in the field of dance, Benoît Lachambre discovered release technique in 1985 – a kinaesthetic approach to movement and improvisation that leaves its mark on his choreographic work. There is something significantly radical in his approach, imagining the dreaming body transformations. In his creations, Benoît equally aims at modifying the performer’s […]

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MARIE CHOUINARD, Choreographer

CALQ Award for Best Choreographic Work présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE) BIOGRAPHY In 1978, the Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard presented her first dance work, Cristallisation, establishing her reputation as a highly original artist. This first piece was followed by thirty solos performed on the international stage. In 1990, the soloist and choreographer founded her own company, COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD.   From then on, […]

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ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER, Choreographer

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

QUÉBECOR, Marcel Côté and Jean-Pierre Desrosiers

BIOGRAPHY After studying dance at Maurice Béjarts Mudra school in Brussels and at the dance department of new york university’s School of the Arts, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker started her career with Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich (1982). She founded the Rosas company in 1983, on the occasion of the […]

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A Few Minutes of Lock / Photo : Gregory Batardon / Chorégraphie : Édouard Lock / Interprètes : Louise Lecavalier, Keir Knight