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JACK UDASHKIN, Executive Manager

Le Prix de la danse de Montréal, catégorie CONTRIBUTION EXCEPTIONNELLE

The jury wished to highlight Jack Udashkin’s long career, marked by a great openness to the dance community. Jack Udashkin held different positions within the dance landscape for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2015. He was Executive Director in a number of prestigious companies, Executive Director for Dance at the National Arts […]

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© Shaleen Ladha

ALEXANDRA ‘SPICEY’ LANDÉ, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher

Le Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie DÉCOUVERTE présenté par

L’Agora de la danse et Tangente

Work presented in Montreal in 2018-2019: In-Ward, Montréal, arts interculturels, January 2019 With In-Ward, Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé revealed the strength of her choreographic approach. As part of a long-term research project, her artistic and political voice unfolds in a striking and singular way. Still widely unknown (and unfortunately so) by the general dance public, she […]

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© Rolline Laporte

LE PATIN LIBRE, Compagnie

Le Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie DIFFUSION INTERNATIONALE présenté par

CINARS

The jury of CINARS sought to highlight the world tour conducted by Le Patin Libre between November 30th, 2019 and June 16th, 2019, where Vertical influences and Threshold were performed in 17 cities in 5 European countries: Island, Norway, Sweden, France, and Germany. With its tour strategy, the company seeks to decompartmentalize the categories of […]

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© Angelo Barsetti

MARIE-ANDRÉE GOUGEON, Gestionnaire culturelle

Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie GESTIONNAIRE CULTUREL(LE) présenté par

Diagramme – gestion culturelle

Marie-Andrée Gougeon became active in the dance community in the early 1980s, after training at the Pointépiénu dance school and in the main dance institutions of the time, where she met the creators and dancers who gradually built the future of our dance, especially in Montreal, but also in Toronto and New York. Along the […]

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© Rolline Laporte

THROUGH MY EYES,

PRIX DU CALQ – Meilleure œuvre chorégraphique de la saison artistique présenté par

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Work presented in Montreal in 2018-2019 Through My Eyes, Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord, September, 16, 2018. The members of the selection committee were dazzled by this sophisticated work which reveals to us the world through the eyes of early childhood. We are witnesses to what animates, attracts, and challenges children, which, evidently, was just […]

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© Marie-Claude Meilleur

BRIANNA LOMBARDO, Freelance Performer and Teacher

Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Le Regroupement québécois de la danse et la Caisse Desjardins de la Culture

Brianna Lombardo has a quality of transcendence. She draws from the deeper layers of her being, mastering its expression. Her approach is rigorous, humble, and generous, and embodies the richness of the moment. This instinctive performer engages in a dialogue with her artistic accomplices and with audiences here and abroad. She makes art within art. […]

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© Hugo Glendinning

PAUL-ANDRÉ FORTIER, Chorégraphe, interprète et directeur artistique de Fortier Danse Création

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor et la Ville de Montréal

Paul-André Fortier has had a profound impact on dance in the country. His work, originally contrasting with the practice of dance at the time, reflects the constant boldness of its approach, especially in regard to his collaborations. His relationship to the discipline is many-faceted, and his work, plural. His path as creator and soloist, his […]

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DESTINS CROISÉS / TENTACLE TRIBE,

Envol, le prix pour la diversité culturelle et les pratiques inclusives en danse présenté par

Conseils des arts de Montréal

The members of the jury decided to award the Envol Prize ex-aequo to these two companies because it was too difficult to come to a decision. Destins Croisés, for its ability to create works exploring socially engaged themes that ensure consistency in its constantly evolving choreographic signature. The company’s mission is to contribute to the […]

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© Michael Slobodian

CRYSTAL PITE, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Kidd Pivot

GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL présenté par

Québecor et la Ville de Montréal

Work presented in Montreal in 2017-2018: Betroffenheit, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Festival TransAmériques, June 2018 The jury considered the remarkable influence of Crystal Pite’s work abroad, her admirable talent, her diligent approach, her constant research, her keen direction of choreography, her mastery of various stage elements, and her ability to tackle complex and dark topics. The jury […]

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©Angelo Barsetti

LOUISE BÉDARD, Performer and Choreographer - Artistic Director of Louise Bédard Danse

Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie INTERPRÈTE présenté par

Le Regroupement québécois de la danse et la Caisse Desjardins de la Culture

Work presented in Montreal in 2017-18: Tout ce qui va revient by Catherine Gaudet, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Spring 2018. The jury sought to highlight Louise Bédard’s performance in the solo work that offered us a precious moment. It is also keen to reward her ability to interact and collaborate with artists from different backgrounds […]

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© Damian Siqueiros - Daphnée Laurendeau & Danny Morissette

CAS PUBLIC, Company

Le Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie DIFFUSION INTERNATIONALE présenté par

CINARS

The jury of CINARS sought to highlight the tour conducted by Cas Public between February 25th to May 5th, 2018, with 34 representations of the choreographic work 9 in 3 countries (France, Sweden, and Belgium) and in 18 cities, including two major European capitals, Paris and Stockholm. 9 was performed in exceptional venues, such as […]

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© Alexandre Gilberti

TENTACLE TRIBE, Choreographers and performers

PRIX DU CALQ – Meilleure œuvre chorégraphique de la saison artistique présenté par

Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Work presented in Montreal in 2017-2018: threesixnine, Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts, Festival Quartiers Danses, September 2017 This work, which draws from hip-hop dances and culture, dazzled the members of the Selection committee. Alternating intelligently between chaos and synchronicity, the choreography gives rise to a full, evocative, and decidedly physical dance. Both organic and […]

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FRANCE GEOFFROY, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Corpuscule Danse

Envol, le prix pour la diversité culturelle et les pratiques inclusives en danse présenté par

Le Conseil des arts de Montréal

The members of the jury wished to recognize France Geoffroy’s invaluable contribution for over 20 years to the development of integrated dance, which she pioneered in Montreal. They also sought to highlight the unwavering energy she dedicated to expand the practice of integrated dance and share it with an impressive number of people of all […]

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© Nathalie St-Pierre

DENA DAVIDA, Curator, dance professor, and researcher

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

LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL

This prize is awarded to Dena Davida in recognition of her tremendous contribution to the dance community during her long career, her interest for emerging voices and the development of professional artists, and her ability to analyze and constantly seeks to renew the discipline. The Prix de la danse’s Board of Directors is particularly inspired […]

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FRANCINE BERNIER, Executive and Artistic Director, Agora de la danse

Prix de la Danse de Montréal, catégorie GESTIONNAIRE CULTUREL(LE) présenté par

Diagramme – gestion culturelle

The Board of Directors of Diagramme sought to highlight Francine Bernier’s long career at the helm of the Agora de la Danse, which she has been running for 25 years now, and recognizes her commitment to supporting local choreographic creation by welcoming choreographers and artists and offering them the best conditions to develop their practice […]

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Photo : Jarrell Kaplan

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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Photo : Tony Chong

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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Photo : Isabel Rancier

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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Photo : Carl Lessard

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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Photo : Ginelle Chagnon

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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Photo : Patrice Mathieu

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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Photo : Patrice Mathieu

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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Photo : Alain Lefort

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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Photo : Chris Van der Burght

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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