Already bestowed the Audience Award at the Cinedans Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the film Off Ground, starring Louise Lecavalier and Antoine Masson, a young dancer from L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec’s Professional Program, has now earned the Award for Creativity at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).more
“This honour underscores not only the beauty of this work, but also generational transmission through art,” explained Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of L’École supérieure. “Indeed, Off Ground sensitively portrays the rapport between a mother, embodied by the magnificent Louise Lecavalier, and her son, portrayed by our student Antoine Masson, who bursts from the screen.” The short film, directed by Boudewijn Koole and choreographed by Jakop Ahlbom, was shot in Amsterdam in 2013.
It was a film début for Antoine Masson, who has been a student in the Professional Program at L'École supérieure since 2011. “It was really special to play this role in the studio and to work with great artists,” said Masson. “It sparks my appetite to continue studying dance so I can be in more projects like this.”
The Professional Program of L’École supérieure, a dance-study program spanning grade 5 to the 3rd year of junior college, offers the dancers of tomorrow the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their future profession through various collaborations as well as through an annual show, which will be held this year at the salle Pierre-Mercure on May 22 and 23.
“L’École supérieure is taking advantage of this highly prestigious award from FIFA to publicly congratulate Louise Lecavalier who, along with Anik Bissonnette, will receive the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement,” said Alix Laurent, General Manager of L’École supérieure. “We would also like to congratulate Ms. Lecavalier on receiving the Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.”