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 world over. Several pieces from her repertoire have toured simultaneously, and a number of prestigious ballet companies have presented their own versions of some of her work. Also a set designer, lighting designer, photographer, filmmaker and writer, she has created multimedia pieces and films, exhibited her drawings and published an anthology of her poems. Marie Chouinard has received several awards and honorary titles.