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Louise Lecavalier, winner of the 2017 Prix Denise-Pelletier

Artist emerita of dance Louise Lecavalier is this year’s winner of the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the most prestigious distinction given by the Government of Quebec in the area of the performing arts. Louise Lecavalier will receive the prize from Marie Montpetit, Ministre de la Culture et des Communications and Ministre responsable de la Protection et de la Promotion de la langue française, at an official ceremony that will be held at the Hôtel du Parlement in Quebec City.

Louise joins Ludmilla Chiriaeff (1980), Fernand Nault (1984), Jeanne Renaud (1988), Vincent Warren (1992), Martine Époque (1994), Édouard Lock (2002), Anik Bissonnette (2008) and Marie Chouinard (2010), her illustrious predecessors in the field of dance, all winners of the Prix Denise-Pelletier, inaugurated in 1977.


Last winter, shooting wrapped up for a documentary on Louise Lecavalier directed by Raymond St-Jean and produced by Michel Ouellette (producer of two other films spotlighting the dancer). Illustrated by dance scenes recreated especially for the camera, the film is a mosaic-like, close-up portrait of the artist, who mines her own life to nourish her art, through joys, encounters, friendships, and challenges. Entitled Louise Lecavalier – In Motion, the film will premiere on September 17 and 21 at the Quebec City Film Festival and at the Vancouver International Film Festival (October 9 and 11).Theatrical release next winter.


Battleground: now an album of the stage performance!

Battleground is a mad, unclassifiable dance work freely inspired by Italo Calvino’s novella, The Nonexistent Knight. The stage is a ring where two antiheroes wage a thousand extreme battles. Their feverish quest unfolds against an electronic vibe coloured by Antoine Berthiaume’s trance, minimalist techno, and glitch music, striking in the singular interplay of the guitars, the richness of the synthesizers, and the abundance of randomly-organized microsamples. The guitar tones morph from bright and crystalline to harsh and grating or to subtle and haunting. The score is a percussive, metallic voyage of obsessive rhythms that drives us forward like a bolting horse, sweeping us along from beginning to end.

Scheduled to tour for the next two seasons, Battleground, the dance work choreographed and performed by Louise Lecavalier, is now also an album, composed, performed, directed and mixed by Antoine Berthiaume with the complicity of his acolytes, Maxime Morin (DJ Champion), Marc Leclair (Akufen), and Rob Heaney.

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Photo: André Cornellier


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12 December
20:00 Quebec, Canada Grand Théâtre, Salle Octave-Crémazie Battleground
13 December
20:00 Quebec, Canada Grand Théâtre, Salle Octave-Crémazie Battleground
27 March
20:30 Istres, France Théâtre de l'Olivier Battleground
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