Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Dancer-Choreographer Marie Chouinard Wins $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Dancer-Choreographer Marie Chouinard Wins $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize

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Marie Chouinard wins $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize

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OTTAWA - Renowned Montreal dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard has won the $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

The artistic director of Compagnie Marie Chouinard and founding president of the Prix de la Danse de Montreal is also an associate dance artist at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and director of dance for the Venice Biennale. She creates new works for her own company as well as international ballet companies.

Named after Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen, the award honours Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career at home working in dance, theatre or music.

The prize was among five awards recently announced by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Genevieve Blouin of La Prairie, Que., and Toronto's Lynne Kutsukake were each awarded the Canada-Japan Literary Awards. The $10,000 prize is awarded every two years and recognizes literary excellence by Canadian writers and translators whose work encourages mutual understanding between Japan and Canada. …

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