Support for Centennial Theatre:
Lastweek, Centennial Theatre launched a crowd funding campaign as a follow up to the petition initiated in February aimed at getting support for the survival of the institution’s professional program. This week, dancer Louise Lecavalier, formerly of the Montreal-based La La La Human Steps, who currently heads her own dance company Fou glorieux and singer-songwriter Jim Corcoran, host of À propos on CBC Radio, lend a strong hand to the campaign’s instigators.
A leading figure of dance in Quebec and Canada, Louse Lecavalier did not hesitate to support Centennial Theatre in its endeavors. She first performed at Centennial Theatre in 1985 and returned on several occasions namely for a dance residency and more recently in 2012. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was recently named Compagne des arts et lettres du Québec. She was the first Canadian to be awarded a Bessie Award in New York and the first laureate of the Prix de la danse de Montréal. She was also awarded the Jean A. Chalmers National Prize in dance, the Prix du Syndicat français de la critique and the Prix Léonide Massine in Paris for contemporary dancer of the year in 2013.
A musician of undeniable talent, Jim Corcoran is well known to the Sherbrooke population where he has garnered his first successes. A Bishop’s University alumnus, he received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 2005. His musical career has evolved parallel to his radio hosting career at the CBC where he has been host for the past twenty seven years. He, too, has performed on the Centennial stage and he cannot believe that the future of the professional program is in jeopardy: « During my studies at Bishop’s University (1970 - 1973) My sole ambition was to obtain a doctorate in philosophy So that one day I could become a philosophy prof.
Music was a pleasurable hobby. The artists, of various disciplines, that I discovered
At that time on the Centennial Theatre stage Helped me to discover and admit that music was my true passion.
It soon became my full-time occupation. These artists forged the person and happy creator that I have become. To them and to Centennial Theatre I owe a loud and strong…thank you!
The audacity and versatility of the program at Centennial have permanently made this theatre a noteworthy space for the development and enrichment of our society
and of our fragile culture. I hope that our voices are numerous in proud and firm expression of our gratitude and our attachment to Centennial so that those who can intervene in its defense
take action.” Centennial Theatre is pleased to have the support of these two wonderful artists representing music and dance, the two main disciplines of performing arts presented in this venue, for this crowd-funding campaign. They will be among us on April 29th for an event to be announced soon.
Follow the link to reach the campaign’s Website: Survival of the 2015-2016 Program at Centennial
DONATE TO THE #SAVETHESTAGE CROWNDFUNDING CAMPAIGN