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2 mar. 2013

Robert Lepage awarded the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize

foto: Spokeo -  ©2013 W.E.N.N.


The 10th Glenn Gould Prize announcement press conference, held at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Featuring: Rolando Villazon. Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When: 21 Feb 2013


foto: Spokeo -  ©2013 W.E.N.N.

foto: Spokeo -  ©2013 W.E.N.N.



foto: Tchad magazine
TORONTOFeb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Innovative playwright, actor and director of theatre, opera, circus and film, Robert Lepage is the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.  Mr. Lepage has won international critical acclaim and audience applause for his groundbreaking and influential works that fuse diverse media into cohesive stories that surprise, challenge and delight.
"It is a good thing to celebrate excellence but I do think it is important to define what "excellence" is. For me, the excellence of an artist should not be measured only by his successes and achievements but also by his courage and capacity to constantly put himself in danger," stated Robert Lepage. "Trial, error and at times even public humiliation are as much part of the process of defining one's uniqueness. It means surviving both the highs of being ahead of the curve and the defeated feeling of trailing behind."
"I am deeply honoured by this prestigious and generous accolade. As I know Glenn Gould did, I believe there is such a thing as a culture of the North and as I was walking to work this morning trying to fight my way through the heavy blizzard that had invaded my fair city, I could somewhat sense his presence in the howling wind and the vanishing footsteps I was clumsily following in the snow," said Robert Lepage.
In reaching their decision, the jurors took special note of Mr. Lepage's increasing influence in the theatre world, which has reinforced his willingness to take risks on stage to achieve results often thought to be unobtainable.
Glenn Gould Prize Chair, Paul Hoffert notes, "Lepage is a rare contemporary artist who has continued to innovate and take risks while retaining his audiences. His influence in film, theatre and music is immense and global. Like Glenn Gould, he has transformed his field, drawn new audiences to classical music, and embraced technology in the service of his art."
The Tenth Glenn Gould Prize Jury included legendary music and entertainment producer Bob Ezrin (Canada/USA), screenwriter and director Deepa Mehta (Canada); award-winning author and essayist John Ralston Saul (Canada) singer-songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith (United States); entrepreneur, arts philanthropist and longtime advisor to the London Symphony Orchestra Sir David Tang (Hong Kong); and one of opera's leading tenors Rolando Villazón (Mexico/France).
About Robert Lepage

Robert Lepage is renowned for his creative and original approach to theatre and opera, using new technologies to shake classical stage direction to its foundations.  The Quebec-born artist began his career as an actor, author and director gaining international recognition early on with The Dragons' Trilogy in 1985, quickly followed by Vinci,Polygraph and Tectonic Plates.  In 1994 he founded Ex Machina, his multidisciplinary production company, and under his artistic direction, this new team produced a steady output of plays including The Seven Streams of the River Ota,Geometry of Miracles, The Far Side of The Moon, The Andersen Project and Lipsynch.

His operatic achievements include thrilling productions of the double-bill of Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung, The Damnation of Faust, 1984, The Rake's Progress, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables with the Canadian Opera Company, and The Tempest.  He has worked with leading opera producers in FranceSpain and Japan.

http://glenngould.ca/tenth-prize-2013/
Robert Lepage, photo by Julie Perreault

8 comentarios:

  1. Danièle2/3/13 14:14

    Je ne connaissais pas ce prix Glenn Gould qui récompense l'excellence et la personnalité exceptionnelle des artistes sélectionnés.
    La définition de l'excellence chez l'artiste convient parfaitement à Rolando.
    Robert Lepage dit:
    For me, the excellence of an artist should not be measured only by his successes and achievements but also by his courage and capacity to constantly put himself in danger,"

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    1. Si, Danièle, pienso lo mismo. Y también lo que sigue de lo que dice Lepage, más duro aún: " "Trial, error and at times even public humiliation are as much part of the process of defining one's uniqueness. It means surviving both the highs of being ahead of the curve and the defeated feeling of trailing behind."
      No hay nada más insulso, mas poco apasionante que un "artista" que no arriesge, que no se equivoque, que no se exponga. La valentía y cierta inconsciencia, no tener la perfección, sino la evolución arriesgada como modelo son rasgos que diferencian, en el mundo del canto, a un buen reproductor de sonidos vocales de un artista inigualable y valioso.

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    2. Danièle2/3/13 15:43

      Entièrement d'accord avec toi Teresita, C'est ce qui fait toute la différence entre un grand artiste et une étoile comme Rolando.

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  2. These words, great words, describe perfectly....Rolando! The artist, Rolando and the human being Rolando!

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  3. Bravo à Mrs Lepage pour ce prix exceptionnel .
    Courage,personnalité ,prise de risques voilà bien quelques mots qui représente bien Rolando .

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  4. If Rolando had not worked with so much courage and love of music to his return do us, a great singer and artist would have been lost. The critics and envious do not know how hard it was his operation and the development of his voice. An exeptional performance! Thank you dear Rolando - we can again enjoy one of the greater artist!

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  5. I think Lepage is a brave guy. His staging of "Damnation of Faust" had elements that were very bold, anti-war. I'm totally with him. I'm looking forward to seeing more of his work-- although I think "Damnation" is going up again at the MET right now, with John Relyea. Bravo Robert!, and Bravo! to the team that nominated and chose him!

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  6. Je suis de retour à Vienne et à remercier Teresa pour les rapports intéressantes. Je suis heureux de voir Rolando samedi que "Alfredo" et d'écouter.Je lui souhaite beaucoup de succès er ses adversaires sont en colère pourquoi!Malheureusement je sais que certains d'entre eux.

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