compagnie Marie Chouinard
February 27 & 28 - 8:00pm
Gymnopédies & Henri Michaux: Mouvements
Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance returns with a two-part look at two different art forms. With Gymnopédies, Eric Satie’s works for piano become a meditation on human intimacy and desire, with a movement score performed live on stage by the dancers. This sensuous piece brings Satie to life in a series of duets that will amuse, titillate, and surprise.
In Henri Michaux: Mouvements, Chouinard translates the visual into the physical using a 1951 book of abstract illustrations by the French artist Michaux. The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”— even the poem in the middle of the book is included in the choreography.
In 1978, Marie Chouinard presented her first dance work, Cristallisation, establishing her reputation as a highly original artist driven by the need for authentic communication. 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 includes the celebrated Sacre du printemps. Created in 1993, it is still performed today. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007, Marie Chouinard has received several awards including a Bessie Award in New York (2000), the Denise Pelletier Award (2010), the Imperial Tobacco Foundation arts achievement award (2010), and the title of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2009). In 2007, she was named Associate Dance Artist by Canada’s National Arts Centre. In 2012 the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec gave her the award for best choreography for THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE), a work which premiered at DanceHouse in 2010.