Marie Chouinard

NOV. 24. 25. 26. 2011 – 8 p.m.


“THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE) is another in a long line of challenging and visually arresting pieces. Silly and profound, chaotic and expressive… a quite wonderful 80-minute oddity.” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto)

Insatiably curious, Marie Chouinard presents a new dance piece that lives up to her reputation for being outrageous and unconventional. She tears down the imaginary wall between the stage and the audience so that spectators can experience a disconcerting universe inhabited by strange yet familiar creatures. Presented at the Venice Biennale in 2010, LE NOMBRE D’OR (LIVE) (The Golden Mean, Live) is, like all her choreography, “funny, outrageous, rude, theatrical  and gorgeous to look at. Contemporary dance at its best.” (Vancouver Sun)

“The dancers are riveting and the movements fascinate, flummoxing all expectations. (…) THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE) is certainly all these things: irrational, magical, playful and elegant, and add to that funny, intelligent, provocative and beautifully performed.” (britishtheatreguide.info)


Le nombre d'or (Live)  

Photo © Sylvie-Ann Paré. Interprètes :Gerard Reyes, Megan Walbaum, Mark Eden-Towle, Lucy M. May, Benjamin Kamino, Mariusz Ostrowski.


“– de profundis – soft virtuosity – state of grace – multiple intelligences conversing – the golden mean – time regained. The beings performing onstage appear to have come from a strange yet friendly future in an absolutely scintillating acuteness of sensory perception, in which the underlying processes are laid bare. They allow us to listen to our senses in a serene and unprecedented way. The Being is a field of exploration, a crucible of possibilities. Here it is on the verge of a thought-provoking and amorous mutation.”
Marie Chouinard (2009)

“An enigmatic, fascinating visionary… An absolute masterpiece and a great lesson in staging.”
 (Il Mattino di Padova, Italy)

Marie Chouinard, Choreographer, Artistic Director

In 2010 Marie Chouinard was the recipient of the Prix du Québec / Denise Pelletier Award, the Government of Quebec’s highest honour awarded annually in recognition of a remarkable career in arts and culture. She has received many prestigious prizes over the years for her choreography and is hailed as a leading light of contemporary dance, renowned for her audacious, unrestrained, carnal and spiritual dance performances, work that does not exclude tragedy or humour.

Marie Chouinard  

Photo © Laurence Labat


After a fruitful solo career, in 1990 the Montreal artist founded COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, which has presented more than 1000 performances in major theatres and at prestigious festivals all over the world. Her work is performed by dancers of the highest calibre, individuals like Carol Prieur, who was named dancer of the year by the leading contemporary dance magazine Tanz, and Lucie Mongrain, the fabulous dancer in the solo piece Étude N° 1.

compagnie MARIE CHOUINARD often co-produces with major arts institutions such as the Venice Biennale, the ImPulsTanz dance festival in Vienna, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Fondazione Musica Per Roma in Rome, Festival TransAmériques and Place des Arts in Montreal, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Her pieces include the celebrated Sacre du printemps. Created in 1993, it is still performed today. Her 24 Prelude by Chopin (1999) has been part of the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto since 2008, and Prélude à L'Après-midi d'un faune (1994) was presented by the São Paulo Companhia de Dança in 2010.

In 2007, her company took up residence in a new home in Montreal, LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE  - Espace Marie Chouinard. It was there in 2009 that Marie Chouinard, after  not performing for 20 years, returned to the stage in the solo gloires du matin :)-(:. That same year, her collection of poems entitled Chantier des extases was published by Éditions du passage, which in 2010 released COMPAGNIE_MARIE_CHOUINARD_COMPANY, the first bilingual monograph on a contemporary dance company in Canada, a magnificent book celebrating two prolific decades of creative dance.

Elegant and organic, Marie Chouinard’s work is full of humour and finesse, always avant-gardist, bold and visually striking. In addition to creating the choreography, she sometimes also does the set design, lighting design and the photography for her pieces. Her body of work also includes multimedia pieces (the installations Cantique N° 3, created with Louis Dufort, and Icônes, created with Luc Courchesne) and film (bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG).

Marie Chouinard was invested as an officer into the Order of Canada in 2007, and she has received numerous awards honouring her contribution to the world of dance and the arts. In 2010 her company was the recipient of the Imperial Tobacco Foundation’s arts achievement award in recognition of “sustained artistic excellence and innovative achievements by a Canadian arts organization” and in 2009 the Government of France named her a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Marie Chouinard was one of the 100 dancers selected by the artist David Michalek for the Slow Dancing project.

Lenght 1 h10

Conception and choreography
Marie Chouinard • Dancers Kimberley de Jong, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz, Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum, et autres danseurs à venir / and others to come Original music Luis Dufort • Set Design Guillaume Lord et Marie Chouinard • Lighting  Alexis Bowles • Costumes  Vandal •Props and masks Marie Chouinard • Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier • Props construction Marilène Bastien • Sound effects Edward Freedman • Production Director Yvon Baril.

Dancers of the COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD during the creationMark Eden-Towle, Eve Garnier, Benjamin Kamino, Leon Kuperschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiro.

A production of the COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, in co-production with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Place des Arts (Montreal), Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad (Vancouver), with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna).