The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) is proud to be associated with the Prix de la danse de Montréal in order to award each year to a Québec choreographer the Prix du CALQ pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique. This prize, accompanied by a cash award of $10 000, will highlight the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec for the first time during the previous artistic season.
The Prix du CALQ pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique seeks to:
- highlight the excellence of creation in the realm of dance in Québec;
- promote the recognition of Québec professional choreographers;
- offer tangible support for their careers;
- heighten public awareness of the choreography for which the prize was awarded.
Québec professional choreographers are eligible for this prize.
Choreographers who submit their candidacy or who are nominated by a third party must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and in both instances must have resided in Québec for at least the past twelve (12) months.
Choreographers define themselves as follows:
- they declare themselves to be professional choreographers;
- they create works or practise an art on their own account or offer their services for remuneration as creators or performers, especially in the fields under the responsibility of the CALQ;
- they obtain the recognition of their peers and disseminate or publicly perform their works in places or contexts recognized by their peers.
To be eligible for the Prix du CALQ pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique, the choreographers must also:
- submit their candidacy or agree to a third party’s submitting their candidacy to the CALQ;
- have presented the work for the first time in Québec during the previous artistic season, i.e. between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
The following are ineligible for the prize:
- groups that have been legally constituted as profit-making or non-profit corporations or general partnerships;
- works that were already presented in Québec prior to July 1, 2016;
- the members of the board of directors of the CALQ.
Evaluation of candidacies
Artistic quality of the work presented: 70%
- Artistic quality and interest of the subject (25%)
- Quality and interest of the choreographic language (15%)
- Avant-garde or innovative aspect of the work (15%)
- Overall result and integrity (15%)
Impact of the work presented: 30%
- The work’s contribution to the development of the discipline (10%)
- The work’s impact on the public (10%)
- The work’s critical success (10%)
Evaluation of candidacies
A selection committee whose members must be included in the CALQ’s bank of resource persons will evaluate the candidacies. The members are recognized for their competence in the realm of dance and have a good knowledge of the sector.
The decision is final and without appeal.
The members of the selection committee are subject to the code of ethics and professional conduct in force at the CALQ. All of them must act in good faith in the performance of their duties and avoid taking part in any discussion concerning a candidacy that might be marred by a conflict of interest. Furthermore, they may not use for their own purposes confidential or privileged information communicated to them.
Submission of candidacies
Submissions for candidacy or nominations must be presented by making use of the Nomination Form provided for this purpose and accompanied by a complete file including all the requisite items. This form can be downloaded from the CALQ’s website.
Download the nomination form:
The CALQ sends an e-mail acknowledgement to candidates. An applicant submitting a candidacy to the CALQ’s offices will receive a dated acknowledgement of receipt.
A single copy of the registration file must be submitted (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm or 8½” x 11″). Documents must be printed in black ink on white paper, using only one side of the page. To facilitate photocopying, do not staple or bind the documents.
All documents must be clearly identified with the candidate or nominee’s name.
For details of required documents, refer to the list on the first page of the nomination form.
Deadline for submission of candidacies
September 15, 2017
The CALQ deems the postmark to be the date of reception of applications.
Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline for submission are ineligible.
Place of registration and information
All applications or requests for information should be addressed to the attention of:
Before August 28, 2017 :
Mme Lyne Lanthier
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
500, Place-D’Armes, 15e étage
Montréal, H2Y 2W2
After August 28, 2017 :
1435, rue De Bleury, bureau 300
Montréal (Québec) H3A 2H7
Téléphone : 514 864-2006
Sans frais : 1 800 608-3350
Allocation of the award
The prize is indivisible and will be awarded in respect of a single work.
The prize will be awarded in conjunction with the Prix de la danse de Montréal in the fall of 2017 (date and location to be announced).
In the interests of stylistic clarity, the masculine form of pronouns is used in this text and is taken to include, without discrimination, applicants of both sexes.
Tools and references
Application form : Application form
The masculine form used in this document is understood to designate men and women equally.
- Code of ethics and professional conduct governing jury and committee members and assessors hired by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
- Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
- Act respecting the professional status and conditions of engagement of performing, recording and film artists.
- Act respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, arts and crafts and literature, and their contracts with promoters.
- Policy governing juries, committees and assessors.
Prix du CALQ pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique (The CALQ prize Best choreographic work of the 2016-2017 artistic season)
Application deadline: 15 September 2017
This prize, accompanied by a cash award of $10 000, will highlight the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec for the first time during the previous artistic season.
- Prize and distinction
- Prix du CALQ pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique (The CALQ prize Best choreographic work of the 2016-2017 artistic season)
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