Orfeo and Euridic
June 3-5, 2008, Danse Danse treats its audiences to the world premiere of a new work by Marie Chouinard, co-presented with the Festival TransAmériques. The piece will feature the choreographer’s panache, the virtuosity of the dancers in her company and the music of her favourite composer, Louis Dufort, in one of the fragmented, unsettling and sensual odysseys we’ve come to expect from her.
artisan working in stone, Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard
sculpts bodies in search of an eternal, immutable truth.” (L’Express,
Internationally renowned choreographer Marie Chouinard has created over fifty choreographies, action performances, vocal works, installations and films that bear witness to her insatiable interest in the human body and formal experimentation. From 1978 to 1990, Marie Chouinard performed solo; in 1990, she founded her company, producing many works that were acclaimed by critics and audiences both here and abroad. Her Sacre du printemps, premiered in 1993 and occasionally danced to a symphony orchestra, is still in the company’s repertoire and continues to fascinate audiences everywhere. Her more recent works, including Les 24 Préludes de Chopin, Étude # 1 and Chorale, have also been incredibly well-received. Based on bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_ gOLDBERG, the Compagnie Marie Chouinard is among the eight finalists for the 2006 Grand Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
The Compagnie Marie Chouinard has just acquired a new building to serve as its headquarters. The new centre, which will be ready for occupation in July 2007, will be an open space conducive to exchanges and will host artists from here and around the world. The company will hold workshops there and organize activities to stimulate and support Montreal’s unique artistic vitality.
Marie Chouinard is a regular participant at conferences and round tables, and her workshops are very popular. Her company is invited to the most prestigious dance seasons and festivals throughout the world. Some of the major theatres and festivals that have hosted the company have become loyal partners, including the National Arts Centre and the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival, the Venice Biennale and the Julidans Festival in Amsterdam.
Duration: first act 45 minutes, intermission 20 minutes, second act 45 minutes
ORFEO AND EURIDICE
Ballet in two acts
Choreography and Direction: Marie Chouinard
Dancers: Kimberley de Jong, Mark Eden-Towle, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Carol Prieur, Manuel Roque, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Won Myeong Won
Music: Louis Dufort
Lighting, Set Design and Props: Marie Chouinard
Make-up: Jacques-Lee Pelletier
Rehearsal Master: Pamela Newell
Tour Director: Lyne Côté
Technical and Lighting Director: François Marceau
Stage Manager: Marilène Bastien
The Compagnie Marie Chouinard wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Imperial Tobacco Foundation.
A production of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, in coproduction with Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Place des Arts (Montréal), Gulbenkina Foundation (Lisboa), Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Théâtre de la Vile (Paris),ImPulsTanz (Vienna) and Movimentos Festival (Wolfsburg).
1 Marie Chouinard . Orpheus and Eurydice . Choreography Marie Chouinard . Dancer Dorotea Saykaly, photo 2 Laurence Labat