Fou glorieux directed by choreographer Louise Lecavalier winner of the 29th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montreal

MONTREAL, March 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Louise Lecavalier's company Fou glorieux today received the 29th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, which comes with a grant of  $25,000. The jury thus recognized Louise Lecavalier's role as an ambassador of Montreal's vibrant dance sector, as well as her legendary contribution to contemporary dance as both dancer and choreographer. Her presentation of So Blue at the Festival TransAmériques, moreover, was a highlight of the 2013 season.

For over 35 years, Louise Lecavalier has held a unique position in Montreal's artistic community. A trailblazing figure in dance, this superlative and strong-willed artist has won numerous local and international awards. Louise Lecavalier has also been instrumental in developing audiences and in raising the profile of contemporary dance worldwide.

As winner of the 29th Grand Prix, her company Fou glorieux will receive a commemorative artwork to be created by a Montreal artist over the next year, and presented at next year's edition of the Grand Prix.

The winner was announced by Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, interim Chairman of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in the presence of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and  Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President of Radio-Canada, the official partner of the 29th Grand Prix. Close to 700 personalities from the municipal, cultural and business sectors attended this annual event hosted by Patrick Masbourian and Sophie Cadieux. Guests enjoyed a musical performance from Trio Populaire, winner of the Diversity Award.

Presided over by Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, this year's jury included Éric Fournier, a Partner and Executive producer at Moment Factory; filmmaker Maryse Legagneur; Olivier Marcil, Vice-Principal of Communications and External Relations at McGill University; and Virginie Brunelle, choreographer of the Compagnie Virginie Brunelle.

The finalists for the 2013 Grand Prix 2013 were: the Centre d'art et de diffusion CLARK; Cinémathèque québécoise; Constantinople; Théâtre de l'Œil; TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque; and the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ). Each of these runners-up will receive the sum of $5,000, thanks to the generosity of various Montreal patrons: Sophie Brochu/Gaz Métro, René Malo/Fondation René Malo, Luc Plamondon, Louise Roy, John Stokes/Real Ventures.

An artwork presented to the FTA
The Festival TransAmériques, winner of the 2013 edition, was awarded a photograph entitled Rotation pour l'évolution invisible by Montreal artist Pascal Grandmaison at this year's ceremonies.

Radio-Canada, official partner
In conjunction with Radio-Canada, a loyal collaborator since 1994 and official partner since 2009, a video of the seven finalists was created by Alejandro Jiménez. Our thanks to Radio-Canada and to ICI ARTV, also a partner of this edition, for broadcasting this video and presenting it on their websites, and to La Vitrine for screening the video at their cultural information centre at the 2-22 Building.

The Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal
Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has recognized the excellence and vitality of a Montreal arts organization. The Festival du nouveau cinéma, Cirque du Soleil and Compagnie Marie Chouinard are among former winners who have helped to build Montreal's creative and innovative culture, which is celebrated at this event.

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