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Glenn Gould Prize goes to Montreal's Robert Lepage

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TORONTO -- Quebec theatre maverick Robert Lepage has won this year's Glenn Gould Prize.

Organizers named the renowned director, playwright and actor the 10th laureate of the $50,000 honour this morning at a news conference in Toronto.

Jury members for this year's prize included filmmaker Deepa Mehta, author John Ralston Saul and punk pioneer Patti Smith.

Lepage is known worldwide for his visually innovative performing arts productions, including an ambitious version of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera.

The founder of multidisciplinary production company Ex Machina has also helmed Peter Gabriel's Secret World Tour and Cirque du soleil productions.

His other career honours include a Governor General's Performing Arts Award and a distinction as an Officer of the Order of Canada and of the National Order of Quebec

"Robert Lepage is an artist whose dreams have expanded the realm of possibility and whose work transcends all boundaries," Brian Levine, executive director of The Glenn Gould Foundation, said in a statement.

"His work illuminates the human condition in that same sprit of innovation and idealism that motivated Glenn Gould."

The international honour is awarded biennially for lifetime achievement.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 22, 2013 D2

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