Prix Interprète (Dancer Prize)

Created in 2014, as part of RQD's 30th anniversary celebrations, the Prix de la danse de Montréal - Catégorie INTERPRÈTE présenté par le Regroupement québécois de la danse et la Caisse Desjardins de la Culture is awarded to an artist on the basis of artistic approach, interpretation quality and commitment to choreographic work and the community of dancers. It recognize publicly the performers who connect with audiences, and through whom dance takes form and comes to life on stage.

This $10,000 prize is presented during the awards ceremony held by Les Prix de la danse de Montréal (PDM). Its creation was made possible through the financial contribution of RQD, the Caisse de la Culture and a private donor. The prizewinner is selected by the PDM jury.

 

WINNERS

2016 – Sophie Corriveau

A highly experienced dancer, Sophie Corriveau has collaborated with both veteran and emerging choreographers. Through contact with others, she has invariably managed to renew her outlook and expand her range. The PDM jury recognized the longevity of her career, her ability to explore new pathways, as well as her commitment to both her practice and the community The originality of her project Nous (ne) sommes (pas) tous des danseurs also strongly impressed the jury. An intergenerational “danced roundtable”, this atypical work capped her inaugural, two-year residency at Agora de la danse. Jointly conceived by dramatist Katya Montaignac, the project brought together 17 dancers to explore issues related to the dancer’s art and profession. “I see dance as a poetic act leading to a discovery of who we are, of our sensibilities, intelligence and responsibilities towards society,” she explained. “I see it as a political act as well, one that questions our current values and encourages us to dream, to imagine.”

 

2015 – Lucie Vigneault

In brilliant fashion, this independent artist with a sterling track record has contributed to numerous creative and repertoire works, branding them with her personal stamp. The jury praised Lucie Vigneault’s charisma, versatility, precision and volcanic energy, as well as her ability to be perfectly in tune with each work. “It cannot be stressed enough that the quality of choreographic works is inextricably linked to the quality of the dancers who give it body and soul,” declared Lorraine Hébert, Executive Director of RQD. “Blazing an independent path in diverse choreographic worlds for some fifteen years, Lucie Vigneault embodies excellence in dance, an exploit that is all the more impressive given the precariousness and demands of the dancer’s profession."

 

2014 – Carol Prieur

The Regroupement québécois de la danse and Caisse de la Culture were delighted to award the first-ever Prix du RQD – Interprète to Carol Prieur, an iconic dancer with the Compagnie Marie Chouinard who has built a solid reputation both at home and abroad. Carol Prieur was an obvious choice, given her exceptional stage presence, extraordinary strength and profound understanding of the body and the works she dances. The Prix du RQD – Interprète also recognizes her tireless commitment and immense generosity to the dance community and to the discipline as a whole.