TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Robert Lepage, Laureate of the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize, has chosen the fascinating
and ingenious L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO) to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000
(CAD). Mr. Lepage will present the award to members of LODHO
immediately following a special performance of their work Cabaret brise-jour on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.
"Finding yourself out of your comfort zone is something extremely
stimulating - that's exactly what L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres does for you. Somewhere between music, poetry and visual performance,
they create their own art form and you suddenly find yourself treading
territories you never knew existed. They turn the ordinary into
extraordinary, the expected into the unexpected, and noise into
harmony. They are truly unique," said Robert Lepage.
"The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize is given by the Laureate
to an outstanding artist or collective who they believe embodies the
qualities of creative promise, innovation and career potential
demonstrated by Gould in his youth," said Brian Levine, Executive
Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. "We're absolutely delighted by
Robert Lepage's selection of LODHO, whose work combines an absolutely
unique combination of concert, carnival, cabaret, travelling medicine
show and alternative reality. There's no one like them, anywhere."
"We are very honoured by the recognition Robert Lepage has shown towards
our work by choosing us for this prize. The support of an artist whose
achievements are so significant, makes us all the prouder of the
artistic posture we've been advocating for 12 years: un-discipline,
anonymity, confusion between current arts and popular cultures. So it
is a great privilege to be rewarded for having followed all those
invisible strings and created all these imperfect forms," said LODHO.
"We want to share this award with all the people who have joined us, in
a variety of ways, over time. LODHO is the meeting of a few people who
have chosen to compose with a chaos of fertile contradictions, where
the role distribution shifts and where we rarely find ourselves where
we thought we would be. And today, we are here."
Founded in Quebec City in 2002, L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO) is an artist run collective led by Bruno Bouchard, Gabrielle
Bouthillier, Jasmin Cloutier, Simon Drouin, Simon Elmaleh and Danya
Ortmann. The figure of the one-man band is emblematic of their
philosophy in which the musician truly "struggles with his instrument"
to create "visual music". LODHO made its mark in 2005 with Performs Tom Waits, a production that manifests the group's unique and iconoclastic
artistic approach. It has been presented to great acclaim more than
150 times at major festivals and venues in Denmark, Holland, Belgium,
Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Finland, Ireland,
Germany and Canada. LODHO has created and toured seven other original
works including three pieces for the stage and four street performances
using antique trucks. Their newest creation, Cabaret brise-jour, will have its Toronto premiere presented by The Theatre Centre March
25 to 29.
In Cabaret brise-jour, the musicians of LODHO adapt the music of Kurt Weill to create a work
at the crossroads of theatre, cabaret, visual arts and performance.
Set in a high-society salon of the early 20th century, eight musicians sing about the best and worst of the human
condition. From Berlin cabaret and Parisian nostalgia to New York's
Broadway, LODHO retraces the path of this musician in exile, using rare
instruments and "music-objects" that conjure up Weill's dramatic and
musical world. Superimposed over the music are fanciful and surrealist
images concocted by the group to create surprising tableaux vivants,
both strange and fascinating.
A limited number of tickets for this special March 29th matinee performance of Cabaret brise-jour are available for sale for $50 and can be purchased as of February 20th by calling The Theatre Centre at 416-538-0988 or online at www.theatrecentre.org. Patrons can also visit the Box Office at 1115 Queen Street West once
the new building opens on March 19.
The Glenn Gould Prize Gala in Honour of Robert Lepage will take place on Monday, March 31, 2014 in Ottawa. Further details
will be announced in March.
From March 27 to April 1, in recognition of Robert Lepage, the tenth
Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize, TIFF and The Glenn Gould Foundation
will co-present Robert Lepage: Possible Worlds, a retrospective of the films of Robert Lepage including Le Confessionnal (1994), Triptych (2013), The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust (2008) and Possible Worlds (2000). The retrospective will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350
King Street West), for ticket information visit http://www.tiff.net.
About Robert Lepage
The Tenth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, Robert Lepage, is renowned for his
creative and original approach to theatre and opera, using new
technologies to shake classical stage direction to its foundations.
The Quebec-born artist began his career as an actor, author and
director gaining international recognition early on with The Dragons' Trilogy in 1985, quickly followed by Vinci, Polygraph and Tectonic Plates. In 1994 he founded Ex Machina, his multidisciplinary production
company, and under his artistic direction, this new team produced a
steady output of plays including The Seven Streams of the River Ota, Geometry of Miracles, The Far Side of The Moon, The Andersen Project and Lipsynch.
His operatic achievements include thrilling productions of the
double-bill of Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung, The Damnation of Faust, 1984, The Rake's Progress, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables with the Canadian Opera Company, and The Tempest. He has worked with leading opera producers in France, Spain and
About the Glenn Gould Foundation
The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould's spirit and legacy by
celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives
through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature
activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize. An international symbol of
creative excellence, The Glenn Gould Prize - which has been referred to
as "The Nobel Prize of the Arts" - is awarded biennially to a living
individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the
human condition through the arts. Past laureates include Leonard Cohen
(2011), Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008) founder of El Sistema, Pierre
Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Lord Yehudi
Menuhin (1990). For more information on the foundation, prize and
laureates visit www.glenngould.ca .
The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize presentation is part of
the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize celebrations, whose Presenting Sponsor is
Power Corporation of Canada. The Glenn Gould Foundation also
acknowledges the generous support of the Government of Ontario and the
ongoing support of BMO Financial and the Aeroplan Charitable Pooling
SOURCE: Glenn Gould Foundation
For further information:
Karen Lorenowicz, KL Strategic Communications
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