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  • Danielle R O Y

    Painter
    Designer
    Artistic Director
    Stage Director

    Internationally renowned designer, Danielle R O Y has earned many awards of excellence for her achievements in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the AIGA Award in the "Best of Entertainments" category. Her advertising campaign for Charles Trenet was recognized as one of the top 10 campaigns in Europe. In 1989, as the recipient of a Quebec government grant, she worked as a guest artist in New York with the great Milton Glaser, designer of the I Love New York logo.

    In recent years, after gaining a solid background in visual arts, including multimedia exhibitions and animation, Danielle R O Y has focussed on popularizing art in all its forms, with the aim of making it accessible to the general public.

    As Co-founder of the Just for Laughs Festival, she was one of the main Artistic Directors for this major cultural event. Her contribution breathed new life into the Street Arts portion, which under her guidance hosted some of the greatest European street entertainers and visual performances in the most startling worlds.

    For DRAGONE, she worked as Co-designer and Artistic Director along with Luc Petit from the Disney Cinema Parade in Paris. With him, she also designed and staged the opening night show for the Strépy-Thieu boat lift in Belgium, as well as Décrocher La Lune 2002, l’Opéra Urbain.

    Her approach also belongs to the world of contemporary art. For many years, she has been juxtaposing pictorial art and stage direction as part of a "Gesamtkunstwerk" ("Total Work of Art"). From 2003 to 2005, she devoted herself to her work and created La nature croît en moi ! It grows on me! Défilé de la Nature… La Nature humaine !

    In 2003, Roland Arpin and the Société du 400e commissioned her to stage the flagship event of the 2008 summer festivals.

    In the fall of 2005, Danielle R O Y, la Mie de Pain (organization to help homeless people), the Quebec delegation in France, the Canadian Cultural Centre, the city of Paris and Just for Laughs participated in the creation of the first Défilé de la Nature… La Nature humaine ! on the Palais de Tokyo forecourt.

    2010 La Tohu paid tribute to her work and put together the exhibition “La nature croît en moi”. At the same time, the paintings were presented at the Art Mûr gallery. She staged again a parade of the paintings with the participation of the choir Sous les étoiles, an organization for the homeless at the Émilie-Gamelin Park in Montreal during the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

    2012 The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will present her work in an exhibition entitled Une fleur = un être humain. Her work will be supported by a project done by two primary classes from the artist's approach. "If my work is presented in a museum and a child pays attention to it, in my way I will have participated to openness and tolerance, my work will have its raison d'être! “

    From 2007 to 2012, she signed up as Artistic Director of the Street Arts portion of the Just for Laughs Festival where two million people stroll through the streets of Montreal every year.

    Danielle R O Y created a brand new carnival in Montreal collaborating artistically with the Carnival of Nantes. She has created very strong characters including the famous Rose of Nantes embracing Montreal every year from atop her lofty seven metres. Rose becomes the emblem of her approach where she redefines the POP+ART Population and Artists come together to create a collective work. The best ones join her. 2009 great artists of architecture in cinema. 2010 great humorists and top design studios along with the population turn a satirical gaze accompanying distinguished guests “Le Carnaval de Bâle en Suisse”.

    2011 Jean Paul Gaultier was part of it and inspired all the dances and tables of the PINKARNAVAL. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presented Gaultier’s work, interpreted by Danielle R O Y . Once again, the crowd was there.

    2012 Under the theme End of a World - Creating a New World, Guy Laliberté became patron of the edition and challenged all the people on the planet to take part into a collective creation for the TERRA KARNAVAL.

    From a tale written for the occasion by Danielle R O Y, thousands of children drew their New World. All the tables in the Terra Karnaval were inspired by these drawings. The one-week event was opening the 30th anniversary of the Just for Laughs Festival. A thousand people participated to the Karnaval, tens of thousands attended these great urban shows and the Terra Karnaval won the Prix coup de Coeur of La Presse.