January 12 2016

The Conseil des arts de Montréal announces the finalists for the 31st Grand Prix

Montreal, January 12, 2016 — The Conseil des arts de Montréal is today announcing the finalists for its prestigious 31st Grand Prix. Each of the nominees had a powerful impact in 2015, reflecting the cultural vibrancy of Montreal. After reviewing the year’s artistic events, the Conseil singled out nine organizations for their outstanding achievements.        “The Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal expresses the pride and appreciation we feel for Montreal artists and organizations,” declared Nathalie Maillé, the Conseil’s Executive Director. “These artists forge our identity; they are like Montreal’s ADN. The Conseil is delighted to celebrate their achievements.”        The following organizations were nominated:         Centre des auteurs dramatiques [CEAD] for the leading role it has played in the birth of Quebec theatre, supporting the creative vitality of its dramatic arts, its international visibility and openness to diverse creations.        Festival interculturel du conte du Québec for its ability to reinvent itself over the course of its thirteen editions with an intercultural program and productions appealing to all generations.        Les Films du 3 Mars for the unique nature of its mandate, for its backing of each title in its catalogue, and for its flair for unearthing important works from artists of all stripes: independent, well-known, emerging or culturally diverse.        Studio XX, the only media resources centre for women in Canada, for its support of alternative practices stemming from cultural minorities.        Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for David Altmejd’s exhibition Flux, whose dazzling, vertiginous world attracted record numbers in 2015.


    

    Les 7 doigts de la main for Triptyque, a magnificent exploration combining circus and dance, and for its prestigious Drama Desk Award for Queen of the Night, performed at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York.

    

    Louise Bédard Danse for the contributions its director has made to the city’s artistic landscape, exemplified by the Série Solos cycle, and for the restaging of Cartes postales de chimère, a major work featuring two dancers from the new generation.

    

    Sacré Tympan for its breathtaking 2015 season, and for Parlures et parjures, an evolving production interweaving narrative, contemporary music, folk music, jazz and rock.

    

    LA SERRE – arts vivants for an unprecedented year of international promotion and for its role as a creative catalyst for young, avant-garde performing artists, encouraging dialogue among artists from all disciplines.

    

    Unveiling of the winner on March 24, 2016

    The winner will be announced on March 24, 2016 at the annual luncheon held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Each finalist will receive a $5,000 cash prize generously offered by Montreal patrons-of-the-arts, while the winning organization will receive the sum of $30,000, along with an artwork commissioned from a Montreal artist. Join us at this special event. Tickets and further information can be obtained at www.artsmontreal.org/en/grandprix.

    

    Through the collaboration of Radio-Canada, the event’s official partner since 1994, a video directed by Alejandro Jiménez will introduce each of the finalists.

    

    Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal

    Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has recognized the excellence and outstanding contributions of an artistic organization. Past winners that have contributed to the city’s creative and innovative culture include the Festival du nouveau cinéma, Cirque du Soleil and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. The winner is announced at an annual luncheon that brings together the cultural, business and municipal sectors.



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