Compagnie Marie Chouinard


Danse Danse will be highlighting the 20th anniversary of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD with three distinct programs.. Audiences can discover or rediscover Étude No 1, Les Trous du ciel, Orphée et Eurydice and bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG, classics from an extensive, multiform and highly original repertoire that includes some fifty choreographies, action performances, vocal works, installations and films. All these works reflect Marie Chouinard’s insatiable curiosity and her artistic quest as she explores the mystery of the human body.

“Chouinard’s visual power is unfailing. There are few choreographers in the world today who create such searing images as Montreal’s Marie Chouinard while simultaneously exploring important and compelling ideas.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

“The dancers, propelled by superhuman energy, give shape and substance to the legend. From the four corners of a huge stage, yin and yang, love and war, clash magnificently.” (Voir, Montreal)

OrphÉe et Eurydice
A mythical couple destined for eternal suffering, humanity beset by torment, inner turmoil conveyed by undulating bodies, dancers emitting guttural noises and extraordinary sounds, a natural extension of movement driven by subterranean forces of life and death – Marie Chouinard choreographs her vision of the myth, with the collaboration of composer Louis Dufort. With twelve dancers. The work has been created in Roma in February 2008 and was co-presented by Danse Danse and FestivalTtransAmériques in May the same year.Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Marie Chouinard
Marie Chouinard has established a sterling reputation on the international dance scene with her bold, carnal and spiritual works that also incorporate tragedy and humour. After an impressive solo career, the Montreal artist founded her own company in 1990. It has been greeted with acclaim all over the world, admired by audiences and critics alike.

Her Sacre du printemps, originally created in 1993 and presented on occasion with a symphony orchestra, is still a part of the troupe’s repertoire and continues to fascinate audiences whenever performed. Her more recent works such as Étude # 1, Chorale, bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_ gOLDBERG, Cri du monde and Orphée et Eurydice have also met with tremendous success. The film bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_ gOLDBERG, directed by Marie Chouinard, received a Gemini Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series in October 2009. Her last work, The Golden Mean (live), is presented for the first time in March 2010 at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Marie Chouinard is a regular participant in lectures and discussions, and her workshops are very popular. Her company travels the world presenting performances as part of dance seasons and prestigious festivals. Some of the major theatres and festivals that have welcomed the company over the years have become loyal partners: the National Arts Centre and the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the ImPulsTanz international dance festival in Vienna, the Venice Biennale and the Julidans festival in Amsterdam.


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Created at the Equilibrio Festival, Rome, Italy, on February 6, 2008. Choreography and Direction Marie Chouinard. Dancers Kimberley de Jong, Benjamin Kamino, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, David Rancourt, Gérard Reyes, Manuel Roque, Dorotea Saykaly, Lucie Vigneault, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum. Original Music Louis Dufort. Lighting, Set Design and Props Marie Chouinard. Costumes Vandal. Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier. Text excerpts from Profanations by Giorgio Agamben, with the author’s permission. Lighting Design Assistants Alexis Bowles, Erwann Bernard. Set Design Assistant Eric Belley. Sound advisor Edward Freedman. Props Construction Marilène Bastien. Production Manager Guylaine Savoie. A production of the COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, in co-production with the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Fondazione Musica per Roma (Roma), the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Movimentos Festwochender Autostadt (Wolfsburg), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Place des Arts (Montreal), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna).

Photo1 © Marie Chouinard, dancer Dorotea Saykaly. Phoro 2 © Marie Chouinard, dancers James Viveiros, Carla Maruca, Dorotea Saykaly, Carol Prieur, Manuel Roque.


65 minutes - no intermission