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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

National Arts Centre Board of Trustees


Founder of Cavalia and former Cirque du Soleil executive named to
National Arts Centre Board of Trustees

(Ottawa, Canada) – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, has announced the appointment of Normand Latourelle as vice‑chair of the National Arts Centre’s board of trustees.

“I am pleased that Mr. Latourelle has agreed to serve on the Board of Trustees,” said Minister Moore. “He is one of Canada’s leading innovators in performing arts, and his creativity and leadership have enhanced Canada’s presence on the international stage. I have no doubt that he will be a great asset to the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees.”

Mr. Latourelle is the president and founder of the renowned multimedia equestrian show “Cavalia,” which attracts millions of spectators around the world. He was the executive vice‑president and director general of Cirque du Soleil.

"Canada’s National Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Normand Latourelle as the new vice-chair to its Board," said Julia Foster, Chair of the NAC Board of Trustees. "Mr. Latourelle has had an illustrious career as a creative and artistic force, helping to build the famed Cirque du Soleil and creating a multitude of high-calibre national and international productions. His considerable skills and experience will be most helpful to the NAC.”

Mr. Latourelle has also created major productions, including the sound and light show on Parliament Hill and the Légendes Fantastiques production in Drummondville, which has been presented for the last ten years.

Mr. Latourelle has worked as an agent, editor, and producer of records and shows for Quebec performing artists. He developed tours for a number of Quebec’s top artistic talents, including Jean-Pierre Ferland, Diane Dufresne, and Robert Charlebois. He has been awarded many honours, including Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec (2007), the Prix Hommage (2004) from La Société des Attractions Touristiques du Québec, and was Personnalité de la semaine by La Presse (2004 and 2009).

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is a federal cultural organization dedicated primarily to developing and showcasing the performing arts in the National Capital Region and across Canada. Home to the acclaimed National Arts Centre Orchestra, the NAC is a multidisciplinary performing arts centre that features classical music, dance, English- and French-language theatre, variety shows and regional programming. The NAC takes part in co-productions with other organizations throughout the country, hosts festivals, and, through its new technologies and international tours, reaches out to audiences across Canada and around the world. The Corporation’s website is at www.nac-cna.ca.

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