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Edouard Lock

© Edouard Lock / Performers Juliano Nunes & Drew Jacoby (Royal Ballet of Flanders)

BIOGRAPHY

Edouard Lock began his choreographic career at the age of 20 and founded La La La Human
Steps in 1980.

 

Over the years Mr. Lock has been invited to create works for some of the world’s leading dance companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Het Nationale Ballet of Holland, The Nederlands Dans Theater, the Cullberg Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.


He co-conceived and was artistic director for David Bowie’s world tour, Sound and Vision. He
also collaborated with Frank Zappa on the Yellow Shark concerts. Other musical collaborations include Gavin Bryars, Einstürzende Neubauten, Steve Albinni (Shellac of North America), David Lang, Iggy Pop, Kevin Shields (My Blue Valentine), David Van Tiegham, and the West India Company.


At the invitation of Robert Carson and the Paris Opera, Mr. Lock choreographed "Les Boréades”
composed by Rameau and performed by his company LHS at Le Palais Garnier.


His works have garnered many awards, including the Chalmers choreographic prize, the New
York Dance and Performance Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the National Arts Centre Award,
the Benois de la Danse choreographic award given in Moscow, the Governor General’s
Performing Arts Award, the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Award, The Molson Prize given
by the Canada Council for the Arts and an honorary doctorate granted by the Université du
Québec.


Various films have been made on Mr. Lock’s work including Le Petit Musée de Vélasquez
directed by Bernar Hébert, and the documentary Inspirations by British director Michael Apted,
which also included Roy Lichtenstein, Tadao Ando and David Bowie amongst others.


The film adaptation of Amelia, directed by Edouard Lock, had its American premiere at the 2004Tribeca Film Festival and its European premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film won its category at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Prague International Film Festival and the Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland as well as winning two I.C.E. and two Gemini Awards for best direction and best editing. “Aida” directed by Edouard Lock and commissioned by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen of Rotterdam with dancers from the Cullberg Ballet was presented at FIFA 2020.

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