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.

“fascinating powerful solo ” (Neue Rheinzeitung, DÜsseldorf)

Étude No 1
Captivating and full of contrasts! The curtain will rise on Étude No 1, first performed at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna in 2001. A piece that marked Marie Chouinard’s return to the solo form.

“I fell in love with Les Trous du ciel, a harmonious blend of primitivism and refinement. […] The lighting is magnificent. […] So utterly transparent and self-evident that the term dance seems to me almost inadequate. […] It leaves the audience buoyant,  purified, beyond themselves.”(Cahier de thÉÂtre Jeu, Montreal)

“A revelation […]. Ineffable costumes and exotic props add to the intelligent vitality of a new world.  Vivid. Amazing.” (Danser, Paris)

Les Trous du ciel
Étude No 1 will be presented together with Trous du ciel, her first group work. The world première of the latter was at the Springdance festival in Utrecht in 1991: the piece was presented at Festival de théâtre des Amériques in May the same year. This northern fable for twelve dancers follows the wanderings of a tribe of “primitives” as they movingly wander through the luminous immensity of the barrens.

Compagnie Marie ChouinardMarie 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 No 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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LES TROUS DU CIEL Created at Springdance Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1991. Artistic Direction, Choreography and Vocals Marie Chouinard. Dancers
Kimberley de Jong, 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 Dancers Daniel Éthier, Andrew Harwood, Benoît Lachambre, Heather Mah, Marie-Josée Paradis, Dominique Porte, Irène Stamou. Lighting Alain Lortie. Costumes and Set Design Zaven Paré and Marie Chouinard. Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier. A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production. Co-produced with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and the Festival de théâtre des Amériques (Canada).

ÉTUDE NO 1 Created at ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2001. Étude no. 1, a solo work by Marie Chouinard, is the result of the encounter between the choreographer, composer Louis Dufort and dancer Lucie Mongrain.Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction Marie Chouinard. Dancer Lucie Mongrain with the participation of James Viveiros. Original Music with Real Time Processed Sound Louis Dufort. Costume, Lighting and Set Design Marie Chouinard. Props Vandal. Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier. A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, co-produced with ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival (Austria) and Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa).

Photo 1 Les trous du ciel © Marie Chouinard, dancer Carol Prieur. Photo 2 Les Trous du ciel © Nicolas Ruel.


115 minutes - with intermission
Étude NO 1 35 minutes
Intermission 20 minutes
Les Trous du ciel 60 minutes