Robert Lepage taps Quebec group as Glenn Gould Prize protégé
Praises L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres for turning 'ordinary into extraordinary'
About a year after winning the Glenn Gould Prize, acclaimed theatre artist Robert Lepage has named the protégé who will share in the honour: Quebec collective L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres.
Lepage, who was named Gould Prize laureate in February 2013, and organizers unveiled his choice today in Toronto, where L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO) is set to present their latest work Cabaret brise-jour in late March.
Dubbed the "Nobel Prize of the Arts," the $50,000 Glenn Gould Prize was created in memory of the celebrated Canadian pianist and is awarded once every two years to an individual who has enriched humanity through his or her lifetime in the arts. Past recipients have included poet and singer Leonard Cohen, El Sistema founder and music educator Jose Antonio Abreu and musician Yo-Yo Ma.
Past Gould Protégé winners have included conductor Gustavo Dudamel, composer Tan Dun and music education program Sistema Toronto.
Known worldwide for creating innovative stage works that combine different artistic disciplines and blend in new technologies, Lepage singled out LODHO's ability to push boundaries.
"Finding yourself out of your comfort zone is something extremely stimulating — that's exactly what L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres does for you," Lepage said in a statement.
"Somewhere between music, poetry and visual performance, they create their own art form and you suddenly find yourself treading territories you never knew existed. They turn the ordinary into extraordinary, the expected into the unexpected, and noise into harmony. They are truly unique."
Earning the support of Lepage, "an artist whose achievements are so significant, makes us all the prouder of the artistic posture we've been advocating for 12 years: un-discipline, anonymity, confusion between current arts and popular cultures," the Quebec City-based, artist-run collective LODHO said in accepting the honour.
Lepage will present LODHO with the $15,000 City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize following a Toronto performance of Cabaret brise-jour at The Theatre Centre on March 29.
Lepage will be honoured at the Glenn Gould Prize Gala on March 31 in Ottawa.