Robert Lepage, Laureate of the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize, has chosen the fascinating and ingenious L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO) to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CAD). Mr. Lepage will present the award to members of LODHO immediately following a special performance of their work Cabaret brise-jour on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.
"Finding yourself out of your comfort zone is something extremely stimulating - that's exactly what L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres does for you. 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," said Robert Lepage.
"The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize is given by the Laureate to an outstanding artist or collective who they believe embodies the qualities of creative promise, innovation and career potential demonstrated by Gould in his youth," said Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. "We're absolutely delighted by Robert Lepage's selection of LODHO, whose work combines an absolutely unique combination of concert, carnival, cabaret, travelling medicine show and alternative reality. There's no one like them, anywhere."
"We are very honoured by the recognition Robert Lepage has shown towards our work by choosing us for this prize. The support of 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. So it is a great privilege to be rewarded for having followed all those invisible strings and created all these imperfect forms," said LODHO. "We want to share this award with all the people who have joined us, in a variety of ways, over time. LODHO is the meeting of a few people who have chosen to compose with a chaos of fertile contradictions, where the role distribution shifts and where we rarely find ourselves where we thought we would be. And today, we are here."
A limited number of tickets to the matinee performance and concert of Cabaret brise-jour on March 29th are available for $50 and can be purchased as of February 20th by calling The Theatre Centre at 416-538-0988 or online at www.theatrecentre.org. Patrons can also visit the Box Office at 1115 Queen Street West once the new building opens on March 19.
The Glenn Gould Prize Gala in Honour of Robert Lepage will take place on Monday, March 31, 2014 in Ottawa. Further details will be announced in March.
From March 27 to April 1, in recognition of Robert Lepage, the Tenth Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize, TIFF and The Glenn Gould Foundation will co-present Robert Lepage: Possible Worlds, a retrospective of the films of Robert Lepage including Le Confessionnal (1994), Triptych (2013), The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust (2008) and Possible Worlds (2000). The retrospective will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), for ticket information visit http://www.tiff.net.