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Louise Lecavalier was born and raised in Montréal. She began her professional dance career at the age of eighteen when she joined Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire. It was there that she met Édouard Lock.
Lecavalier became Lock's muse in his company La La La Human Steps. With her mane of platinum dreadlocks, her physical power and her mastery of the full-body barrel jump, which looks like a horizontal pirouette, her image was a signature for the company. She was the perfect embodiment of Lock's frenetic and technically punishing androgynous aesthetic in works such as Human Sex (1985) and Infante, c'est destroy (1991).
After dancing with La La La Human Steps for eighteen years, Lecavalier gave her last performance with the company in 1999 in Portugal. That same year, she won the Jean A. Chalmers National Award for Dance. Since then, Lecavalier has collaborated with other artists.
In 2003, she appeared with Tedd Robinson in Lula and the Sailor as part of a concert of duets choreographed by Robinson. In winter 2005, she co-produced Cobalt Rouge with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Biennale di Venizia and Théâtre de la ville in Paris. The work features Lecavalier with dancers Marc Boivin, Masaharu Imazu and Tedd Robinson and musician/composer Yannick Rieu. Lecavalier has been a guest teacher at New York University on several occasions and continues to perform as an independent artist.
Awards and distinctions:
- First Canadian to win a Bessie Award in New York in 1985
- First dancer to with the Jean. A. Chalmers Award (Canada's highest dance honour) in 1999
- Career grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2003
- Named Officer of the Order of Canada (2008)
- First winner of the Prix de la danse de Montréal (2011)
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