Dancer, choreographer Tedd Robinson wins $40,000 prize for his contribution to Canadian dance

Rod MacIvor, Room with Sticks,  Canada Dance Festival 2013
(Photo : Rod MacIvor, Room with Sticks, Canada Dance Festival 2013)

Ottawa, November 5, 2014 – Tedd Robinson, winner of the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, is a dancer who never stops questioning, innovating and sharing.

 In a career spanning four decades, Robinson is still active on the international scene, is artistic director of his own dance company and is a sought-after collaborator and mentor. He generously shares his time and knowledge with dancers to inspire and challenge them to new artistic heights.

Robinson infuses his Zen Buddhist philosophy into all that he does and is known for his use of subtle humour in his performances.

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“Through his artistic vision, choreographies, performances as well as his role as mentor, Tedd Robinson invites Canadians to experience the expressive power of contemporary dance,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “We are delighted to award him with the Walter Carsen Prize for his distinguished career achievements in dance.”

About Tedd Robinson

  • Ottawa-born Tedd Robinson is artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing, a non-profit company he founded to promote the development and perfomance of contemporary dance works.
  • He is also a National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist, a founding member of 8 Days, and
    co-directs Centre: Q: a centre for questioning.
  • He has collaborated with many well-known dance companies and artists in Canada and abroad including Margie Gillis, Louise Lecavalier, Ame Henderson and Charles Quevillon.
  • He served as artistic director of both the Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (1984-1990) and the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance (1985-1990), which he founded.
  • His award-winning works are informed by many years of study as a Zen monk in Ottawa.
Visit Tedd Robinson’s website to learn more.

About the Walter Carsen Prize

  • The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists in dance, theatre or music.
  • The prize money is drawn from earnings of a $1.1 million donation made to the Canada Council in 2001 by the late Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen.
  • It is awarded annually on a four‑year cycle: dance, theatre, dance, music.
  • Members of the 2014 peer assessment committee were Byron Chief-Moon, Veronica Tennant and Isabelle Van Grimde.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2013-14 we allocated $153.6 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.


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