Fran‹oise Sullivan, Canadian Modern-Dance Pioneer, Receives Governor General's Award

Classic Arts News   Fran‹oise Sullivan, Canadian Modern-Dance Pioneer, Receives Governor General's Award
 
Choreographer, performance artist, painter, photographer, and sculptor Fran‹oise Sullivan was among the recipients of the Governor General's Awards in visual arts announced by the Canada Council for the Arts on March 8.

Although she was honored in the visual-art category, Sullivan also trained in dance and choreography, and her 1940s-era works Danse dans la neige, D_dale, Dualit_, and Black and Tan Fantasy are said to have marked the dawn of modern dance in Canada.

Sullivan was born in Montreal, and trained at the ê_cole des beaux-arts and was at the forefront of the Automatiste movement, with painter Paul-ê_mile Borduas, in Quebec, and was among the signers of the group's 1948 manifesto, Refus global.

A retrospective of her work was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2003; a book about her dance philosophy, From Automatism to Modern Dance: Fran‹oise Sullivan with Franziska Boas in New York was published by the Dance Collective Press in Toronto.

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