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 Post subject: Jean-Pierre Perreault - Montreal choreographer dies
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2002 12:55 pm 

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Canadian News Wire - Dec. 4, 2002:
Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault - Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer dies

Early this morning, the choreographer, set designer and visual artist, Jean-Pierre Perreault died at the age of 55 at Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal, after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

An exceptional artist, Jean-Pierre Perreault has left a repertory of choreographic works known for their strength and sensibility, which have helped to define modern dance and introduce it to a larger public, as well as his works of visual art unique in character. He has also left a choreographic space, conceived for the creation of new dance works as well as for the training of the next generation of dancers; the space is a reference for other artists in the dance world.

Recognized as one of the most important choreographers in Canada, Jean-Pierre Perreault created a metaphorical universe, paradoxical in nature, where intimacy co-exists with the mass, the contemporary with the timeless and strength along side fragility.

His global approach to creation unified the role of choreography, set, lighting, music and costumes. In his eyes, all of these elements participate equally in the creative process. The profound humanity of his work has brought him recognition throughout the world; he has become a source of inspiration for the new generation of young choreographers from here and abroad.

"For me, choreography is an expression of the space, as dance is of the body, there is an environment (a setting), a room (with walls and objects), light (the hour and the atmosphere), and the human beings that give it life"
-Jean-Pierre Perreault

The members of the board of directors, the collaborators and all the team at the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault will miss the exceptional artist and remarkable friend that he was.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and many friends. We will never forget the incomparable artist, his whole person; the passion, the perseverance the refusal to compromise, the rigueur and his generosity that went into making such an immense talent.

We invite his collaborators, his friends and the public, who wish to pay a last homage with a white flower, on the stage of L'espace Chorégraphique which bears his name, Thursday the 12th of December from 4pm to 8pm at 2022 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal.
<a href="">Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault web site</a>

Other topic on JPP on Critical Dance - <a href=";f=5;t=000888">Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault</a>

<small>[ 12-04-2002, 14:09: Message edited by: Marie ]</small>

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:21 pm 

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From the website of Jean Pierre Perreault -
<br>Notes biographiques

[img]"%20width="122"%20height="155"%20align="left"%20bordercolor="#FFFFFF[/img]It was through a chance encounter with Jeanne Renaud, who was about to form the Groupe de la Place Royale, that Jean-Pierre Perreault entered the world of dance. He studied at the Groupe school and began dancing with the company in 1967. In 1971, he became its Artistic Director, along with Peter Boneham, and began his prolific career as a choreographer.

In 1981, Jean-Pierre Perreault decided to pursue a freelance career. He worked as artist-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and at the Laban Centre in London. Between 1969 and 1983, he traveled to Europe, Asia and Africa, developing an interest in architecture and the sacred arts. He studied the influence of costume on the vocabulary of dance and choreography, as well as traditional dances and functional movement. From 1984 to 1992, he taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1984, he formed his own company: La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault.

Far from being limited to the realm of dance, his training has been enriched through contact with the artists that revolved around the Groupe de la Place Royale at the time, artists such as Marcelle Ferron, Fernand Leduc, Françoise Sullivan, Gilles Tremblay and Serge Garant. This privileged milieu is at the origin of his global approach to creation which links choreography, scenography, lighting, music and costumes. Contact with other art forms through the works of artists such as Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Carl André, or abstract painter Nicholas De Staël has also been formative.

Today one can speak clearly of the Perreault style, of a form of dance rooted in its surroundings, creating elements of its own music through complex rhythmic steps. Acclaimed as one of the country's most important choreographers, Jean-Pierre Perreault creates a metaphorical and paradoxical world in which the private and the social, the contemporary and the timeless, the fragile and the strong coexist. His works are encounters with human nature, evoking "each time this feeling of being a witness, albeit involved, outside of the action yet drawn into it, ignored but signified" (Aline Gélinas, Cahiers de théâtre Jeu, 1988).

In 1991, he faced another challenge when the prestigious Cullberg Ballet of Sweden commissioned a full-length work for the inauguration of the Stockholm House of Dance. Flykt was saluted as "a powerful and risky work" (Dagens Nyheter, 1991).

Drawing is usually the first step in Jean-Pierre Perreault's creative process. With an impressive body of works to his credit, Perreault was invited to present his drawings in solo exhibitions in New York, Antwerp, Québec City, Montreal, Glasgow and Stockholm.

For the richness and originality of his choreographic works, Jean-Pierre Perreault received the Jean A. Chalmers choreographic award in 1990, given by the Ontario Arts Council, and the Jean A. Chalmers Award for distinction in choreography in 1996, a prize that recognizes his entire body of work.

L'EXIL - L'OUBLI, the most recent creation by La Fondation was awarded the 1999 Grand Prix for artistic excellence by the Montreal Urban Community Arts Council.

Photo: Dominique Thibodeau

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