Marie-Josée Chartier awarded
                     the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize

A peer committee made up of dance artists from across Canada selected Marie-Josée Chartier in recognition of her significant contributions to the dance milieu in the spirit of Jacqueline Lemieux*, as creator, performer, teacher and advocate. Here are their comments:


A francophone artist based in Toronto, Chartier’s career spans over three decades, across Canada and abroad. Her work is interdisciplinary and explorative, with a particular focus in the area of movement and voice. An artistic risk-taker, Marie-Josée weaves humour, eccentricity, and human fragility into her pieces which continue to surprise and inspire. She brings these elements to her role as a choreographer, teacher and mentor to both dancers and musicians. In response to a critical need, Chartier made a formidable and lasting contribution to the dance milieu as a founding member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA) in 1986, organizing individual dance artists into one united voice and establishing fundamental standards for payment and working conditions. Marie-Josée’s spirit of artistic exploration, generosity and advocacy continues to play a significant role in the Canadian artistic milieu.





This prize will be presented to Marie-Josée Chartier in Toronto in November during one of the performances of The Whole Shebang, where she will present study for a crouching figure, danced by the remarkable Brendan Wyatt.

*The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, valued at $6,000, is awarded to the most deserving applicants in the Dance Section's Grants to Dance Professionals Program and Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals program. Established in 1980, the prize is given in memory of Jacqueline Lemieux's profound contribution to the development of Canadian dance. Co-founder with her husband, Lawrence Gradus, of the Montréal dance company Entre-Six and of Québec Été Danse, a summer school in Lennoxville. Jacqueline Lemieux was a teacher, administrator and a member of the Canada Council for the Arts Advisory Panel.




Photo (top) by Mark Dela Cruz
Marie-Josée Chartier with students of the School of Contemporary Dancers


Photo (bottom) by Ed Hanley

Brendan Wyatt in study for a crouching figure



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Chartier Danse would like to thank the following councils

for their support through project and production grants.