The brilliant choreographer Marie Chouinard pushes the limits of her exceptional dancers in a highly original double bill. She orchestrates a trance to incarnate the India ink drawings of Henri Michaux, and then invites her dancers to the piano in a new work set to the music of Erik Satie. An invitation to savour multiples aspects of major talents.
HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS (2012)
"It was fun, imaginative and utterly captivating." (The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Canada)
"…A journey into the world of associations begins [...] [The audience] is actively and mentally drawn into the performance.” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna, Austria)
In 1980, Marie Chouinard discovered the book Mouvements by Henri Michaux (1899-1984). In 64 pages of India-ink drawings, a 15-page poem and an afterword, Mouvements presents multiform figures that Marie Chouinard took pleasure in reading literally, left to right and page by page, as a choreographic score. She then proceeded to decrypt the great artist’s drawings and set dance to these "movements of multiple inkjets, a celebration of blots, arms moving up and down the scales.”
The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”, for even the poem in the middle of the book, as well as its afterword, are included in the choreography.
The drawings are projected in the background, allowing spectators to do a simultaneous personal reading of the Michaux score. Echoing the visual presentation of a white page with black drawings, performers dressed in black dance on a white floor.
After making its world première in Lisbon on June 14, 2013, GYMNOPÉDIES will be performed in Vienna, Bassano, Italy and other European centres before making its Montreal début as part of the Danse Danse series.
In this new piece, Marie Chouinard invites the dancers to the piano to play Erik Satie’s three Gymnopédies, suspending the performers as duos in the very distinctive space-time of this composer, who kept company with Cocteau, Picasso, Poulenc, Duchamp, Man Ray and many other artists.
ballet for 11 dancers
around the theme of the duet
while at the piano, the dancers take turns playing the gymnopédies of erik satie
I’m working to find the form of the duo
the fracas of beauty
although the apparent subject of this new creation is the duo, loving, erotic,
the real subject is perhaps the unexpected, time, the dance itself, the
miracle otherwise, the appearance of the present,
the elsewhere suddenly and powerfully here, at last
at an even deeper level, the subject would simply be
the ephemeral form which would correspond to
the intuition that made me start this work around the duets
...and around the gymnopédies
organizing this form and giving it
my subject is the road that leads to you
paris, january 2013
Photo 1 (HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS) © Sylvie-Ann Paré. Dancers : Gérard Reyes, Mariusz Ostrowski, James Viveiros, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Leon Kupferschmid, Carol Prieur.
Photo 2 (GYMNOPÉDIES) © Sylvie-Ann Paré. Dancers : Valeria Galluccio, Megan Walbaum, Carol Prieur, Paige Culley.
Photo 3 (GYMNOPÉDIES) © Sylvie-Ann Paré. Dancers : Carol Prieur, Mariusz Ostrowski.
Photo © Laurence Labat.
A charismatic dancer and brilliant choreographer, Marie Chouinard presented solo works for 12 years before founding the Compagnie Marie Chouinard in 1990. An audacious explorer of the evocative powers of the body, from the get-go she was perceived as a singular artist, celebrating instinct and the life force in dance that engaged the spinal column, breathing and voice. Her powerful style and the virtuosity of her dancers are recognized the...Read more about Marie Chouinard
Marie Chouinard, choreographer, is the Executive and Artistic Director of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, Founding Chair of the Prix de la Danse de Montréal, an Associate Dance Artist of the Canada’s National Arts Centre...Read more about COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD
HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS
Ballet in one act
Choreography and Artistic Direction Marie Chouinard
Lighting, Set Design Marie Chouinard
Original music Louis Dufort
Sound environment Edward Freedman
Costumes Marie Chouinard and Marilène Bastien
Hairstyle Marie Chouinard
Poem, Post face and projected drawings Henri Michaux, from the book "Mouvements" (1951), with the permission of the right-holders Henri Michaux and Editions Gallimard
Dancers at creation Kimberley De Jong, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum
Dancers Paige Culley, Valeria Galluccio, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna).
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.
Created at the Impulstanz, Vienna International Dance Festival,Vienna, August 2, 2011. Including a solo created at Cinquième salle, Place des Arts, Montréal, December 8, 2005
Warning: this performance includes stroboscopic effects.
Choreography and Artistic Direction Marie Chouinard
Music Erik Satie, Gymnopédies no 1, no 2, no 3
Musical consultant Louis Dufort
Lighting Design Alain Lortie
Set Design Guillaume Lord and Marie Chouinard
Costumes Liz Vandal
Additional Costumes Marie Chouinard
Dancers Paige Culley, Valeria Galluccio, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum.
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production, in co-production with Les Nuits de Fourvière (Lyon), with the support ofCarolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill).
World Premiere Centro Cultural of Belem, Lisbonne, Portugal, June 2013.