November 16 2018

Envol, the prize for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance is awarded to… France Goeffroy!

France Geoffroy, winner and Nathalie Maillé, executive director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal during les Prix de la danse de Montréal 2018. Photo : Maxime Côté

The Conseil des arts de Montréal awarded Envol, the prize for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Dance during last night’s Prix de la danse de Montréal. Please join us in congratulating France Geoffroy for receiving the award with a standing ovation!

This prize, combined with a $10,000 cash prize, was awarded by an independent jury to France Geoffroy, in recognition of her invaluable contribution for over 20 years to the development of integrated dance, which she pioneered in Montreal. They also sought to highlight the unwavering energy she dedicated to expand and share the practice of integrated dance with an impressive number of people of all ages, disabled or not, through a variety of means. The prize was awarded to France Geoffroy by Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

A pioneer of integrated dance, France Geoffroy has been dancing in a wheelchair for over 20 years and is actively involved in the artistic development of disabled persons. In 2000, she co-founded the company Corpuscule Danse, and has been Executive and Artistic Director ever since. She teaches and creates shows with children, teenagers, and adults, and also works as a dancer, consultant, and lecturer. Since those early beginnings in 1994, France Geoffroy has had a rich and eclectic career. She danced for choreographers Johanne Madore, Estelle Clareton, John Ottmann, Benoit Lachambre, Hélène Langevin and Chantal Lamirande, among others. Her artistic approach explores the aesthetics and possibilities of movement in the atypical body, using physical constraints as a starting point, but without stopping there. That is why dancing and making people dance is her priority. She has done so much to prove that a dancer in a wheelchair is first and foremost … a dancer.