Laureate 2022

The jury recognizes Paul Chambers’ vital contribution to multiple choreographic works dating back more than a decade. This ever-evolving light artist plays a vital part in the dramaturgy and richness of choreographic work. His lighting becomes a partner on stage, dancing, encompassing and imparting rhythm. Paul Chambers’ signature bears a unique stamp, in step with the work he embraces. The vibrancy of his colours and shades has a way of moving the spectator in the same that a dancer can. His unique aesthetic contributes to the growth of choreographic works. Through the prism of light – an undeniable creative tool – he informs and enriches choreographic practice. This artist wears multiple hats, by turns directing, performing and teaching. He offers invaluable and sought-after expertise.

Artist and lighting designer

Paul Chambers is a Montreal-based stage and lighting designer, visual artist, teacher and co-artistic director of CHA collective. They hold a BFA (Sculpture Major) from Concordia University and a DEP (Design for the Theatre) from John Abbott College. While they have worked with artists across different disciplines, collaborating on new dance works has always been a priority for them. Paul served as Technical Director of Tangente from 2008 to 2013. In addition to presenting workshops and lectures on lighting design around the world, Paul has taught in the Department of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University since 2015, and at the National Theatre School of Canada since 2018. Their dance design credits include work with Maria Kefirova, Ellen Furey, Lara Kramer Dance, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Amanda Acorn, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Priscilla Guy, Katie Ward, PME-ART, Danse CarpeDiem, Sasha Keinplatz, MAYDAY, Parts+Labour_Danse, Susanna Hood, Sarah Bild, Hanako Hoshimi-Calines, Destins Croisés, Benjamin Kamino, and Public Recordings.