Entrigue Magazine

Lola MacLaughlin


Remembering Lola MacLaughlin (58)

Oliver, BC (March 1, 1952 - March 6, 2009)


MacLaughlin, a dancer,choreographer and trend setter died March 6th 2009 at the age of 58 from her battle with ovarian cervical cancer.

Founder and artistic director of Lola Dance, a Vancouver-based company that supports the production and distribution of her works.

Notable Works:

Provincial Essays (2007)
Volio (2002)
Four Solos/Four Cities (1999)
Four Solos (1998)
Lapdogs and Other Restrictions (1997)
Thin Cities (1996)
Essie, Ena and Maude (1995 Kiss Festival)
The Protecting Veil (1995)
Eternal Return (1992)
Theme for Nino (1990)

MacLaughlin's choreographic career began taking off around 1990. She studied dance at SFU, trained in New York, Toronto, and Vancouver. Her works were greatly influenced by her time spent at Berlin’s Freie Universitat, a leading research institution. Contributing influence was also the 1980s punk style, and the German approach of Ausdruckstanz. Ausdruckstanz is the name given to German Expressionist dance. Another influence was the performance collective EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music).



MacLaughlin's impact on the dance community was huge locally and nationally. The youngest of four children, MacLaughlin took dance lessons living in Osooyos, British Columbia and immediately feel in love with dance. She always express how much she loves to dance and was excited by kinetic activity and finding new movements, and moving in different ways.
MacLaughlin founded Lola Dance in 1989 and create countless memorable works and in 1992 won the clifford E. Lee Award. This prestigious award, presented under the auspices of The Banff Centre, was established in 1978 by the Clifford E. Lee Foundation, to encourage the development of Canadian choreographers.
In 1994 she won the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in 1994. The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, valued at $6,000, is awarded to the most deserving applicants in the Dance Section's Grants to Dance Professionals Program. Established in 1980, the prize is given in memory of Jacqueline Lemieux's profound contribution to the development of Canadian dance.