Louise Lecavalier worked with Édouard Lock and La La La Human Steps from 1981 to1999, a period of exceptional intensity studded with dance productions that became mythical –Oranges, Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel, Human Sex,New Demons, Infante, 2, andSalt–, along with spectacular collaborations with the likes of David Bowie and Frank Zappa. Her extreme dance, filled with a fiery energy, caught the imagination of a whole generation. Since 2016, when she founded her own company, Fou Glorieux, she has engaged in movement research that is emblematic of her career, emphasizing the surpassing of limits, risk-taking, and unstinting effort. Louise has used her artistic freedom to explore dance in partnerships with iconoclastic choreographers Tedd Robinson, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite, Nigel Charnock, Fabien Prioville, Deborah Dunn, and Jakop Ahlbom, as well as artists in other disciplines such as musicians Mercan Dede, Hahn Rowe, Antoine Berthiaume, visual artist Laurent Goldring and lighting designer Alain Lortie. At the end of 2012, she created her first choreography,So Blue, which has toured internationally.The world premiere of her new work,Battleground, took place in Germany inFebruary 2016.
Louise is an Officer of the Order of Canada, is the first Canadian to have received a Bessie Award (New York) and the first winner of the Prix de la danse de Montréal. Among her many distinctions, in March 2014, she won two prestigious awards almost back to back: the 29th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Governor General Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for lifetime artistic achievement. Louise Lecavalier won the 2017 Denise-Pelletier Award, the most prestigious distinction given by the Quebec government in the field of performing arts. In December 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal.