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Édouard Lock

choreography / La La La Human Steps / dance-rock music collaborations

(1954- )

Édouard Lock is one of Canada's most internationally successful and innovative choreographers. In the early 1970s, he performed with Le Groupe de la Place Royale (later renamed Le Groupe Dance Lab). He received his first choreographic commission at the age of twenty-one from the company, Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire. In the 1970s, he also received commissions from the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (later renamed Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal). The National Arts Centre has co-produced his work many times.

Lock established his own company, Lock-Danseurs, in 1980, and eventually changed its name to La La La Human Steps. He quickly gained a reputation as a cutting-edge choreographer whose frenetically urban and androgynous movement attracted youthful audiences.

One of his most internationally successful works, Human Sex (1985), toured the world for two years. The piece won a 1986 Bessie Award (officially the New York Dance and Performance Awards). It also set the tone for Lock's subsequent work featuring his muse, Louise Lecavalier, a fearless dancer with platinum dreadlocks known for her ability to execute horizontal pirouettes.

Lock has frequently collaborated with other artists. He co-created and directed rock musician David Bowie's Sound and Vision world tour in 1989 and collaborated with Frank Zappa and Germany's Ensemble Modern on The Yellow Shark concerts. In addition, he has worked with some the most prestigious classical ballet and contemporary companies, such as Het Nationale Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 1 of Holland and Paris Opera Ballet.

Lock's Salt/Exaucé (1998) was an international co-production involving the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It signaled Lock's increasing interest in the use of pointe work in his choreography. The inclusion of computer animation in Amelia (2002) demonstrated his continued exploration of the theatrical potential of technology. His film version of Amelia (2003) has won several awards.

Among his many honours, Lock was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Québec in 2001. That same year, he won a National Arts Centre Award in the field of dance as part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Salt/Exaucé. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.


La La La Human Steps

Learn more:

Dwyer, Paul-James. “The Marriage of Ballet and Modern Dance.” Dance International 33.2 (Summer 2004): 14-17.