TWELFTH AWARDS CEREMONY FOR LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL AND LAUNCH OF THE BOOK ENTITLED “MONTRÉAL, VILLE DE DANSE 2010-2020”
The GRAND PRIX de la danse de Montréal 2022,
presented by Québecor and Ville de Montréal
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie INTERPRÈTE,
presented by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) and the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture
MÉLANIE DEMERS for Confession publique
The 2022 Prix de la meilleure œuvre chorégraphique au Québec,
presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
The prix ÉTINCELLE 2022,
presented by PPS Danse and Bernard Lagacé
CLAUDIA CHAN TAK
ENVOL, the Prix pour la diversité culturelle et les pratiques inclusives en danse 2022,
presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal
Le Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie RÉVÉLATION,
presented by the Agora de la danse and Tangente
LYDIE REVEZ and MICKAËL SPINNHIRNY
Le Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie GESTIONNAIRE·S CULTUREL·LE·S,
Presented by Diagramme-gestion culturelle
The Prix ETHEL-BRUNEAU 2022,
presented by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Danse Danse
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie CONTRIBUTION EXCEPTIONNELLE,
presented by Les Prix de la danse de Montréal
Montreal, November 22, 2022 – LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL (PDM) today announced the winners of the 2021-2022 season during an awards ceremony held at Espace Marie Chouinard. The event was hosted by Anik Bissonnette, artistic director of the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, under the honorary presidency of contemporary dance artist Frédérick Gravel—a choreographer, dancer, musician, lighting designer, teacher, and artistic director of Compagnie DLD.
The improved and expanded 2022 edition saw nine awards presented, including a new award: the Prix ÉTINCELLE, presented by PPS Danse and Bernard Lagacé, executive director of Diagramme – gestion culturelle, and created in honour of the late dancer, choreographer and artistic director Pierre-Paul Savoie (1955-2021).
Finally, Les Prix de la danse de Montréal invested in the publication of a book by Les éditions du passage. “Montréal, ville de danse 2010-2020”, a collective work launched today, retraces the 10-year history of Les Prix de la danse de Montréal.
The 2022 GRAND PRIX de la danse de Montréal , presented by Québecor and Ville de Montréal – $25,000
Sylvie Cordeau, vice-president, philanthropy and sponsorships at Québecor, and Valérie Beaulieu, director of the Montréal’s Service de la culture, presented this coveted award, which comes with a cash prize of $25,000, to choreographer Catherine Gaudet.
The jury wishes to highlight Catherine Gaudet’s creative effervescence, and the great mastery she brings to her art, driven by an implacable audacity that is constantly being redefined through the choreographic form. Gaudet’s vertiginous and passionate writing, and her fascination with the depth and complexity of the human psyche, reflect more than 15 years of research. This year, three of her works were presented in Montreal: Les jolies choses, at the Agora de la danse as part of the FTA; Se dissoudre, at the Agora de la danse; and L’affadissement du merveilleux, on tour with the CAM 2021-2022. Each of these works reveals a self-deprecation, vulnerability, and a power and purity of gesture. The jury applauded the work of this artist, who deepens her connection to the other and her art form by magnifying them in works that are generous and powerful.
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie INTERPRÈTE, presented by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) and the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture – $10,000
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie INTERPRÈTE, presented by the Regroupement québécois de la danse and the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, comes with a cash prize of $10,000. Presenting the award to Angélique Willkie was Nadine Medawar, executive director of the RQD, and Marie-Christine Cojocaru, general manager of the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture.
The jury sought to highlight the masterful performance given by this generous artist whose unswerving commitment to the discipline dates back more than four decades. Angélique Willkie possesses a magnetic, focused and astonishing power that leaves you breathless, and she shares it with humility and unshakable confidence. Her rich multidisciplinary career, and her commitment as both dramaturg and pedagogue are reflected in her performance. Her rich multidisciplinary career, and her commitment as both dramaturg and pedagogue are reflected in her performance. Ms. Willkie’s influence on the careers of European artists has been emulated here in Quebec.
The 2022 Prix de la meilleure œuvre chorégraphique au Québec – $10,000
This year marks the second time Mélanie Demers receives this award, presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Bestowing her with the award, for the work Confession publique, was CALQ President Anne-Marie Jean. The work was presented at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and at Théâtre Prospero (FTA).
“Confession publique deals with intimate subjects with a profound sense of poetry, while being remarkably nuanced. Performance, staging, scenography and soundscape are perfectly in synch. Moreover, we get the sense that the audience was at the heart of the reflection undertaken by Mélanie Demers and her team when they created this work; the audience is immersed in various textures, emotions, and territories. Each new tableau has an unsettling effect and takes them elsewhere. Her bold and unique signature is richly deserving of mention,” said the members of the CALQ jury.
The Prix ÉTINCELLE 2022 presented by the company PPS Danse and Bernard Lagacé – $5,000
The Prix de la Danse de Montréal | ÉTINCELLE, presented by PPS Danse and Bernard Lagacé, was awarded, in its inaugural year, to Priscilla Guy, choreographer, commissioner and researcher in the arts. Bestowing the award was David Rancourt, artistic director of PPS Danse, and Bernard Lagacé, executive director of Diagramme.
This new award, created in honour of dancer, choreographer and artistic director Pierre-Paul Savoie (1955-2021), recognizes Quebec-based artists and cultural workers (individuals, collectives or organizations) who inspire exceptional encounters around a dance project, be it a cultural mediation project for youth or the general public, an activity revolving around a show, or an initiative that promotes an engagement with the discipline. Projects must hold significant potential, create a spark, or build bridges between artists and audiences with the goal of making dance accessible to all segment of the public. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000 and a 50-hour residency at the Espace de création Pierre-Paul Savoie.
For more than 15 years, Priscilla Guy has demonstrated her commitment to democratizing contemporary dance. As a performer, choreographer, filmmaker or commissioner, she has taken part in numerous innovative and surprising initiatives, all of which stem from a desire to create the encounter, and take pleasure in subverting or renewing performance codes. The selection committee recognized the diversity and inventiveness of Priscilla Guy’s activities, the value of her practice, and her involvement with communities in the Gaspé region. As well, it singled out her consistent dedication to inclusion as a primary value behind her actions, along with the bridges she continues to build between disciplines, places and communities.
ENVOL 2022, the Prix pour la diversité culturelle et les pratiques inclusives en danse, presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal – $10,000
ENVOL, the Prix pour la diversité culturelle et les pratiques inclusives en danse, is awarded by an independent jury and comes with a cash prize of $10,000. Presenting this year’s award to multidisciplinary artist Claudia Chan Tak was Nathalie Maillé, executive director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
The committee sought to highlight the quality of Claudia Chan Tak’s achievements and her exceptional dedication to artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. By turns a choreographer, movement consultant, performer, producer and videographer for her own works, Claudia Chan Tak is involved in multiple artistic collaborations. She is also the driving force behind the indispensable Bottin artistique et asiatique au Québec, created in response to the racism experienced by members of her community in recent years. The jury also drew attention to the bold initiatives that Ms. Chan Tak implemented as diversity commissioner for the Phenomena Festival.
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie RÉVÉLATION, presented by the Agora de la danse and Tangente – $5,000
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie RÉVÉLATION, presented by the Agora de la danse and Tangente, was awarded to lighting designer Paul Chambers. Mr. Chambers received the award from Laurane Van Branteghem, commissioner responsible for programming at Tangente, and Frédérique Doyon, guest curator and head of audience development at the Agora de la danse. First and foremost, the Prix RÉVÉLATION (formerly the Prix DÉCOUVERTE) underscores the work of collaborators and designers. The award was renamed to open it up to artists who have distinguished themselves in the community for several years. It comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and a one-week creative residency.
This year’s winner distinguished himself, exceptionally, with a threefold accomplishment: In Vega, a work by Emmanuel Jouthe presented at Danse Cité; in Efer, a work by Parts&Labour presented at Danse Danse; and in Cabaret noir, a work by Mélanie Demers presented at the Agora de la danse, which saw him deliver a stunning performance. For more than a decade, this ever-evolving light artist has made a vital contribution. With his unique and striking style, he has played a key part in advancing the dramaturgy and richness of choreographic work. His expertise is invaluable and highly sought-after. Paul Chambers, by turns, serves as a director, performer and teacher.
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie GESTIONNAIRE·S CULTUREL·LE·S, presented by Diagramme – gestion culturelle – $5,000
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie GESTIONNAIRE·S CULTUREL·LE·S, presented by Diagramme – gestion culturelle, comes with a cash prize of $5,000. Bestowing this year’s award to Lydie Revez and Mickaël Spinnhirny, co-directors of Agence Mickaël Spinnhirny, was Martin Brière, associate architect with BGLA Inc – Architecture + Design urbain and Chair of the board of directors of Diagramme, and Johanne Madore, interdisciplinary artist and member of the Diagramme board of directors.
The jury sought to underscore the two managers’ responsiveness during the pandemic, but also their sense of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, their openness, the ground-breaking vision they bring to human resources and collaborative work, and the intergenerational model they continue to favour. Agence Mickaël Spinnhirny has carved out a reputation for leadership across the community, and for its commitment to the discipline of dance, its agility in the shift to digital technology, and its efforts to promote the discipline in Quebec and on international stages.
The Prix Ethel Bruneau 2022, presented by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Danse Danse – $5,000
The 2022 Prix Ethel Bruneau, which comes with a cash prize of $5,000, was awarded to dance artist, rehearsal coach and archivist Ginelle Chagnon. Presenting the award to Ms. Chagnon was Pierre Des Marais, founder, and artistic and executive director of Danse Danse, and Thiago Freitas, production coordinator at MAI.
The jury sought to put the spotlight on the indispensable contributions of collaborators working in the shadows – usually women – as rehearsal coaches, even though the title “Creation and performance advisor” better reflects their true role. Behind the scenes, Ginelle Chagnon has played an instrumental role in some major choreographic creation projects with such companies as Danse Partout, Montréal Danse, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, and Fortier Danse-Création. She has served as a mentor to many young dance artists. The creators and performers who place their trust in her know that she can be counted on at all times, across every aspect and pĥase of choreographic production.
The Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022, catégorie CONTRIBUTION EXCEPTIONNELLE
Christel Durand, a member of the board of directors of Les Prix de la danse de Montréal, presented this year’s award to Lucie Boissinot, artistic and program director at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal for the past 18 years (2005 to 2023).
This year’s award pays tribute to one of Canada’s most passionate and seminal contemporary dance artists. During the first 24 years of her career as a charismatic dancer, Lucie Boissinot refined her art as a muse for several choreographers. As artistic and program director at the ECDM for the past 18 years, she has drawn on her innate wisdom and renown to share her love of dance, thereby marking entire generations of choreographers and dancers. With the announcement of her departure from the EDCM next June to dedicate herself to personal projects, the Prix de la contribution exceptionnelle was deemed a fitting way to pay tribute to a career dedicated to dance and teaching.
Les éditions du passage launches the book titled “Montréal, ville de danse 2010-2020”
In early November, éditions du passage launched the book titled “Montréal, ville de danse 2010-2020.” Published under the direction of Marie Chouinard and Isabelle Hébert, the book marks the 10th anniversary of the Prix de la danse de Montréal with a panorama of Montréal’s rich contemporary dance landscape. Between retrospective and homage, this publication abundantly illustrates and celebrates a decade of creativity across the city’s dance community, featuring 50 of the leading contemporary dance artists who have left their mark on Montreal’s arts scene and on international stages.
The following artists are featured: Louise Lecavalier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Benoît Lachambre, Meg Stuart, Alain Platel, Édouard Lock, Daniel Léveillé, Crystal Pite, Paul-André Fortier, Rhodnie Désir, Marie Chouinard, Mélanie Demers, Daina Ashbee, Manuel Roque, Emmanuelle Lê Phan & Elon Höglund, Hélène Langevin, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Carol Prieur, Lucie Vigneault, Sophie Corriveau, Esther Gaudette, Manuel Roque, Louise Bédard, Brianna Lombardo, Chi Long, Aurélie Pedron, Paige Culley, Katia-Marie Germain, Alexandra « Spicey » Landé, 7Starr, Zab Maboungou, Roger Sinha, Victor Quijada, France Geoffroy, Ismaël Mouaraki, Cas Public, Le Patin Libre, Ballets Jazz Montréal, Ethel Bruneau, Gilles Savary, Lorraine Hébert, Francine Bernier, Marie-Andrée Gougeon, Parise Mongrain, Constance V. Pathy, Dena Davida, Jack Udashkin and Linda Rabin.
The 12th edition of LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL, created in 2011 by choreographer Marie Chouinard, celebrates the excellence of dance artists who have performed on Quebec stages. In addition, LES PRIX DE LA DANSE recognizes the work of managers and all the other people who help raise the discipline’s public profile. Finally, these awards reaffirm Montreal’s dynamism as a dance capital and a world-class destination. To ensure the success of the awards program, Chair Marie Chouinard has surrounded herself, on the PDM board of directors, with the following personalities and managers from the dance community: Secretary Christel Durand, director of communications at the Centre de Création O Vertigo, founder, artistic and executive director of the Festival FIKA(S); treasurer Yves Rocray, executive director of the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal; and five directors: Marie-Christine Cojocaru, general manager of the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture; Pierre Des Marais, executive and artistic director of Danse Danse; Karine Ledoyen, choreographer and artistic director of Danse K par K; Lucie Vigneault, contemporary dance artist; and 7Starr, dancer and co-founder of the Montreal Krump Alliance.
LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL 2022 wishes to thank the following partners for their generosity: Québecor, Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, the Regroupement québécois de la danse, the Agora de la danse, Tangente, Diagramme – gestion culturelle, Danse Danse, Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI), and the company PPS Danse. A heartfelt word of thanks also goes out to the following presenters: the Agora de la danse, the Festival TransAmériques, Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI), Tangente, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Danse Danse, Studio 303, the OFFTA, the Festival Quartiers Danses, Place des Arts, and Danse-Cité.
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