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A journey across the stage and around the world—this could be the challenge posed by Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge. In this work, Marie Chouinard explores perambulation, which for her can take the form of a race or a leisurely stroll, a kiss or an embrace, a walk on pointe or a crawl. The complete Chouinard (or almost) in a fascinating fresco. As video projections multiply the dancers’ bodies and faces in a kaleidoscopic infinity, this major work conveys a labyrinth of visions. Marie Chouinard’s practice is unconventional and fearless, as her earlier piece, Le Cri du monde, also illustrates. A study of morphological division, this work enlists the architecture of the body to probe the forces and tensions within us. In a word: virtuosic.
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
In 1978 Marie Chouinard presented her first dance piece, Cristallisation, which established her reputation as an outstanding artist driven by a quest for candid authenticity. It was followed by some thirty solos, including the remarkable Marie Chien Noir (1982), S.T.A.B (Space, Time and Beyond) (1986) and L’Après-midi d’un faune (1987). Her works have had a huge impact on contemporary dance over the...Read more about COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD
Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge
Created at COLOURS – INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany, June, 26, 2015*
Choreography and Video Marie Chouinard. Dancers Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Morgane Le Tiec, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler. Music Louis Dufort. Set Design and Props Marie Chouinard. Lights Marie Chouinard, Robin Kittel-Ouimet. Costume Marie Chouinard. Video Consultant Jimmy Lakatos.
*Dancers for the world premiere Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Paige Culley, Valeria Galluccio, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Mariusz Ostrowski, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum.
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production in coproduction with COLOURS – INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL (Stuttgart, Germany), with the support of ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival (Vienna, Austria).
Le Cri du monde
Created at Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada, March 21, 2000*
Choreography and Artistic Direction Marie Chouinard. Original music Louis Dufort. Dancers Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Morgane Le Tiec, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler. Lights Axel Morgenthaler. Costumes Liz Vandal. Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier, Liz Vandal.
*Dancers for the world premiere Kirsten Andersen, Elijah Brown, Julio Cesar Hong, Sandrine Lafond, Carla Maruca, Isabelle Poirier, Luciane Pinto, Carol Prieur, Troy Sellers.
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, in coproduction with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada).