As a pioneer of modern dance in Canada, Jeanne Renaud has had a rich and varied career. After studying in Montreal and New York, she taught and performed briefly in Paris before co-founding, in 1961, L’École de danse moderne de Montréal with its associated performing group. She later founded Le Groupe de la Place Royale, which she directed until 1971. Well known for introducing new and challenging styles of dance to the Montreal scene, Jeanne Renaud also believed strongly in the need for cross-fertilization of the arts. Her early contacts with the Montreal group of artists and writers called the Automatists fostered many collaborations for her as a choreographer. And when she later operated her own art gallery, Renaud consistently provided a space for the public to experience new music, theatre and dance.
Her multi-disciplinary interests eventually led to work in arts administration with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs and l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She continues to assist dance artists and companies with their creations and has currently completed a filmed version of one of her choreographies.
Jeanne Renaud has received the Governor General’s Award, the Order of Canada and the Prix du Québec.
Ray Ellenwood, Allana Lindgren
Notes to Exploring the Exhibition
The menu: Because of the vast amount of biographical information, the menu was created to give the visitor one-click access to specific areas of Jeanne Renaud's life. For those who wish to read through the Bio material page by page, we have added links at the end of each Bio page's text. Clicking on the "next page" link will take you to the page that follows in the chronology.
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Jeanne Renaud Exhibition Curators: Ray Ellenwood and Allana Lindgren
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