Mélanie Demers wins the 2021 Montreal Dance Grand Prix

M & eacute; lanie Demers wins the Grand Prix de la danse de Montr & eacute; al 2021

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The 2021 Montreal Grand Prix de la danse, presented by Quebecor and the City of Montreal, was awarded Thursday to multidisciplinary artist Mélanie Demers. & nbsp;

Ms. Demers, who founded the MAYDAY dance company in the metropolis in 2007, received a $ 25,000 grant and her prize was presented to her by the President and CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau, as well as 'a representative of the City.

“The jury wanted to underline the unique mark that this Métis artist leaves on her time,” one explained in a press release. Having distinguished herself with the piece “La goddam Voie Milée” co-produced by the Agora de la danse and the Festival TransAmériques, the choreographer, performer, director and author builds her prolific career on works that take the form of political manifestos and feminists. ”

It was added that she “knows how to bring out humanity from all angles in her capacity as a staunch and committed activist. To date, Mélanie Demers has choreographed more than thirty works presented in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. ”

The Montreal Dance Awards (PDM), created in 2011 by the choreographer Marie Chouinard, unveiled all the winners for the 2020-2021 season. The 11th annual ceremony was hosted by Anik Bissonnette and was held under the honorary presidency of Rhodnie Désir, winner of the Envol Prize for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance and the Montreal Grand Prix de la danse last year. .

The other winners

This year's other winners are Barbara Kanerotonni Diabo (Montreal Dance Prize – Interpreter category); 100Lux (Envol Prize for cultural diversity and inclusive dance practices); Béatriz Mediavilla (Montreal Dance Prize – Discovery category); Louise Lapierre (Ethel Bruneau Prize); Francine Gagné (Montreal Dance Prize – Cultural Manager category); Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy (Montreal Dance Prize – Outstanding Contribution category).

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