The choreographer, founder and artistic director of the Montreal dance company Van Grimde Corps Secrets, Isabelle Van Grimde is a trailblazing figure in international dance. Her interdisciplinary collaborations have expanded the horizons of contemporary dance, opening up a wide range of possible perceptions of the body and staged choreographic work. She is known in particular for her high-quality dialogue between dance and music, and since 2008 for the harmonious integration of new technologies. An open-minded artist-researcher, she conducts basic and applied research on the body, which fuels her artistic approach. More and more, she is taking her work beyond the theatres and into galleries, public sites and online. In 2011, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance in Canada and abroad.

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