Sup­port for Cen­ten­nial Theatre:

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke, Lennoxville

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


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