Celebrating touring, birthdays and legacies

By Jacqueline Hansen

Ballet Jörgen Canada has been awarded the 2011 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring, making it the first Ontario performing arts organization to win. In its nearly twenty-five-year history, Ballet Jörgen has connected with 250 North American communities and continues to bring ballet to 40,000 people annually across Canada and the United States…. Compagnie Marie Chouinard is celebrating its twentieth birthday by giving the dance community a gift. The company is teaming up with artists and organizations in the Montréal area to launch Les prix de la danse de Montréal, an award to recognize talent in the community. The inaugural winner will be announced on November 29th, 2011, and will receive a $5,000 prize…. Acclaimed Vancouver artist and choreographer Lola MacLaughlin died in March 2009, but she knew she wanted to leave a legacy behind. The Lola Legacy Fund, initiated by MacLaughlin’s husband, Tony Giacinti, and the Lola MacLaughlin Dance Society, raised the funds to seed the award. Administered by The Dance Centre, the Lola Award will provide $10,000 to a mid-career or senior-level choreographer whose work exemplifies a spirit similar to MacLaughlin’s, described in the award’s call for nominations as “thoughtful, inventive, experimental, collaborative and interdisciplinary”. The nomination deadline for the first biennial Lola Award is January 16th, 2012.

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