Since its premiere in 2005, bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS has achieved exceptional renown. Performed 106 times in 58 cities and 22 countries, the work is a powerful expression of the artistic signature that has made the choreographer famous. To the sounds and rhythms of a reinterpretation of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, 10 dancers perform a set of variations on the theme of freedom. A multitude of prostheses—crutches, ropes, horizontal bars, harnesses—become extensions of their bodies; the devices at times restrict their movements, at others liberate and drive them, creating unusual body shapes and gestural dynamics that capture the imagination. A work at once reckless, extravagant and serious, in which the infinite potential of the moving body is endlessly reinvented. For the pleasure of discovering or rediscovering Marie Chouinard’s astonishing talent.
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
Created at the International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Venice Biennale, Italy, June 18, 2005 *
Choreography, artistic direction Marie Chouinard.
Music Louis Dufort, Variations sur les Variations, Jean-Sébastien Bach Variations Goldberg, Variations 5, 6, 8, Extraits vocaux de Glenn Gould. Avec la permission des ayants droit de Glenn Gould et Sony BMG Music (Canada) Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981).
Lights design, scenography, accessories Marie Chouinard.
Hairstyles, costumes Liz Vandal.
Makeup Jacques-Lee Pelletier.
*Dancers for the world premiere Kirsten Andersen, Mark-Eden Towle, Julio Cesar Hong, Andrea Keevil, Chi Long, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Carol Prieur, David Rancourt, James Viveiros.
Produced by COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD in co-production with the Venice Biennale, the National Arts Center (Ottawa), the Montreal High Lights Festival, Schlossfestspiele (Ludwigsburg), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), White Bird (Portland), with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna).