Compagnie Marie Chouinard - 22nd Grand Prix (2006) of the Conseil des Arts de Montreal

                        Geneviève Cadieux awarded the
       Conseil des arts de Montréal's Les Femmeuses/Pratt & Whitney Canada

    MONTREAL, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Compagnie Marie Chouinard has won
the Grand Prix 2006 of the Conseil des arts de Montréal for bODY_rEMIX /
les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG, a subtle and admirable work that has earned a
remarkable international reputation.
    The name of the winner of the Grand Prix 2006 was announced today by
Benoît Labonté, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal,
responsible for Culture, Heritage, Downtown, and Design, and by Louise Roy,
Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, during the Conseil des arts' 22nd
annual luncheon, hosted by actress Sophie Faucher and writer Dany Laferrière,
who is also Vice-Chair, Conseil des arts de Montréal. Over 850 people from the
municipal, business, and arts sectors enthusiastically attended this awards
    Presented for the first time during the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de
Montréal luncheon, the Conseil des arts de Montréal's Les Femmeuses / Pratt &
Whitney Canada Prize was awarded to artist Geneviève Cadieux. During the
luncheon, a $5,000 bursary was presented by Annick Laberge, Director of Public
Affairs at Pratt & Whitney Canada. In creating this prize, the company wishes
to pursue its support of women visual artists following the 20th and last
edition of the Les Femmeuses exhibition/sale, held last April. (For more
information, please see the Pratt & Whitney Canada press release.)
    The jury for the Grand Prix 2006 recognized the talent and the
perseverance as well as the daring and the originality of Marie Chouinard, an
exceptionally creative talent whose unique pieces are hailed throughout the
world. Presided by Louise Roy, the jury was composed of Claude Lajeunesse,
President of Concordia University, Pierre Lampron, vice-president,
Institutional Relations at Quebecor Média inc., Emmanuel Jouthe, artistic
director and choreographer of Danse Carpe Diem, and Pauline Vaillancourt,
general and artistic director of Chants Libres, a company devoted to lyrical
    Created during the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the
2005 Venice Biennale, bODY_rEMIX / les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG is a piece that is
subtle and extravagant, sumptuous and wild, unique and unusual. Transported by
Bach's demanding variations, the dancers, whose movements were both hindered
and amplified by various supports (crutches, ropes, prostheses, horizontal
bars, harnesses), explore the impenetrable mysteries of the body and of life.

                At the root of each new work there is always what I call the
                "mystery", an unknown wavelength that calls out to me in an
                almost obsessive manner. My work consists of capturing this
                primordial wavelength, of "tuning" it in a sense, and of
                arranging it in space and time with a structure and form
                proper to it.

                                                              Marie Chouinard

    The recipient of this award receives a $25,000 prize, as well as a
commemorative piece of contemporary art which will be created by a Montreal
artist during the coming year and presented at next year's luncheon.
    The other finalists for the 2006 Grand Prix - Société des arts
technologiques (media arts), McCord Museum of Canadian History (visual arts),
Cinémathèque québécoise (film), Festival international de la littérature
(literature), Productions Totem Contemporain (music), L'Usine C (new artistic
practices), and Centaur Theatre Company (theatre) - each received a $5,000
Recognition Award.
    Furthermore, in keeping with tradition, a work of art entitled, Laisser
tomber la tête dans le coeur le coeur dans le ventre et remontez le ventre
dans le coeur, created by Montreal artist Sylvain Bouthillette, was presented
to Marc Pache, director general of Théâtre Bouches Décousues, the winner of
last year's Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
    The Conseil des arts de Montréal wishes to thank Société Radio-Canada,
principal partner of the Grand Prix since 1994.

For further information:

For further information: Christian O'Leary, Director of Communications
and Development, (514) 280-3991, 280-3580, cell. (514) 574-2787, Fax: (514)
280-3789,; (photos available upon request)

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