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Company Marie Chouinard 
Montreal, Canada

choreographies, lights, video, sets, props, score for voice: Marie Chouinard 
music: Louis Dufort, Frédéric Chopin, Carles Santos, Rober Racine
costumes:Marie Chouinard, Liz Vandal, Louis Montpetit
make upMarie Chouinard, Jacques-Lee Pelletier
sound effectsEdward Freedman
video consultant: Jimmy Lakatos
sound consultant: Edward Freedman
lights adaptation: Samuel Théry
programming: Louis Dufort, Nick Bugayev

duration: 156’
world premiere: 12th International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Venice Biennale, 2018

dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Morgane Le Tiec, Luigi Luna, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler

The COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Montréal Council for the Arts.

Prologue A: Excerpt – In Museum (2012) – 20’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancers: Clémentine Schindler and Sébastien Cossette-Masse

act 1: 73’

1. Grelot Royal – Orpheus and Euridice (2008) – 1’10’’
dancer for the world premiere: Lucie Mongrain
dancer: Carol Prieur

2. Petite danse sans nom (1980) – 2’15’’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancer: Catherine Dagenais-Savard

3. Sunday Morning, May 1955 (1979) – 2’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancer:  Sébastien Cossette-Masse

4. Paideia Duet – Les Trous du ciel (1991) – 2’20’’
dancers for the world premiere: Benoît Lachambre, Heather Mah
dancers:  Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur

5. A few ways to quietly make my way to you(1980) – 6’40’’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancer:  Catherine Dagenais-Savard              

6. Excerpt – Le Cri du monde (2000) – 5’15’’
dancers for the world premiere: Elijah Brown, Isabelle Poirier, Julio Cesar Hong
dancers:  Scott McCabe, Clémentine Schindler, Sébastien Cossette-Masse

7. Swing Duet – 24 Preludes by Chopin (1999) – 35’’
dancers for the world premiere: Lucie Mongrain, Peter Trosztmer
dancers:  Clémentine Schindler, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire

8. Earthquake in the Heartchakra (1985) – 10’30’’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancer: Morgane Le Tiec

9. Ghost Duet –The Golden Mean (live) (2010-2012) – 4’10’’
dancers for the world premiere: James Viveiros, Valeria Galluccio
dancers: Scott McCabe, Valeria Galluccio

10. S.T.A.B. (Space, Time & Beyond) (1986) – 12’35’’
dancer for the world premiere: Marie Chouinard
dancer: Motrya Kozbur

11. Wild Gooses Duet – Les Trous du ciel (1991) – 3’40’’
dancers for the world premiere: Andrew Harwood, Dominique Porte
dancers:  Scott McCabe, Catherine Dagenais -Savard

I2. Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge (2015) – 2’35’’
dancer for the world premiere: Valeria Galluccio
dancers: Valeria Galluccio, Carol Prieur

13. Duet – Des feux dans la nuit (1999) – 6’05’’
dancer for the world premiere: Elijah Brown
dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire

14. Inserti – Excerpt – Étude poignante (1998) – 3’05’’
dancer for the world premiere: Carol Prieur
dancer: Carol Prieur

15. Pulling the Sound Duet – Orpheus and Euridice (2008) – 2’’25’
dancers for the world premiere: Carol Prieur, Lucie Mongrain
dancers: Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Sébastien Cossette-Masse

16. Solo – Les Trous du ciel (1991) – 1’30’’
dancer for the world premiere: Andrew Harwood
dancer: Scott McCabe

17. The Ladies’ Crossing – The Golden Mean (live) (2010) – 2’25’’
dancers: the Company


Prologue B: Cantique no 3 (2004)
dancers: Benoît Lachambre, Carol Prieur

act 2: 63’

18. IExcerpt – Étude no 1 (2001) – 13’20’’
dancer for the world premiere: Lucie Mongrain
dancer: Carol Prieur

19. Hands Duet – Opera Dogma (2001-2018) – 3’05’’
rehearsal dancers: Lucie Mongrain, Luciane Pinto
dancers: Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur

20. Ouch!Duet - Body Remix/Goldberg Variations (2005) – 3’10’’
dancers for the world premiere: Mark Eden-Towle, Carla Maruca
dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Morgane Le Tiec

21. Excerpt - Body Remix/Goldberg Variations (2005) – 4’ 20‘’
dancers for the world premiere: David Rancourt, Lucie Mongrain
dancers: Scott McCabe, Catherine Dagenais-Savard

22. Solo in Silence – Le Cri du monde (2000) – 5’20’’
dancers for the world premiere: Luciane Pinto, Elijah Brown
dancers: Valeria Galluccio, Sébastien Cossette-Masse

23. Saint-Sébastien – Body Remix/Goldberg Variations (2005) –  3’10’’
dancers for the world premiere: David Rancourt, Carol Prieur, Lucie Mongrain
dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Motrya Kozbur

24. Love Attack #2– Chorale (2003) – 2’25’’
dancers for the world premiere: Isabelle Poirier, James Viveiros
dancers: Clémentine Schindler, Scott McCabe

25. Visages – Opera Dogma (2001-2018)– 3’20’’
rehearsal dancer: Lucie Mongrain
dancer: Motrya Kozbur

26. Duet – Soft virtuosity, still humid, onthe edge (2015) – 3’20’’
dancers for the world premiere: Paige Culley, Mariusz Ostrowski
dancers: Clémentine Schindler, Scott McCabe

27. Crying-Laughing Duet – The Golden Mean (live) (2010) – 4’
dancers for the world premiere: Mark Eden-Towle, Lucie Mongrain
dancers: Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Catherine Dagenais-Savard

28. Solo and 4 Heads – The Golden Mean (live)(2010) – 9’45’’
dancers for the world premiere: Carol Prieur, Lucie Mongrain
dancers: Carol Prieur, Valeria Galluccio

29. Masks Duet – The Golden Mean (live) (2010) – 2’05’’
dancers for the world premiere: Mark Eden-Towle, Lucy M. May
dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Catherine Dagenais-Savard

30. Excerpt – The Golden Mean (live) (2010) – 1’30’’
dancers: the Company

Choreographer Marie Chouinard is the Executive & Artistic Director of Company MarieChouinard, Founding Chair of the Prix de la Danse de Montréal, an Associate Dance Artist of the Canada’s National Arts Centre and Director of Dance at the Venice Biennale. Today, her company enjoys an international reputation. Its trajectory began in 1978, when Chouinard presented her first creation, “Cristallisation”. This work was followed by thirty solos performed on stages in Canada and abroad, including “Marie Chien Noir” (1982), “S.T.A.B.” (Space, Time and Beyond, 1986), and “Afternoon of a Faun” (1987), landmarks in contemporary dance of the past 40 years.In 1990, the soloist and choreographer founded her own company. Since that time, Company Marie Chouinard has performed all over the world, and co-produces its creations with renowned partners such as Venice Biennale, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Fondazione Musica Per Roma, Place des Arts in Montreal, Festival TransAmériques in Montreal and National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2007, the Company moved to its own building, Espace Marie Chouinard in Montreal. For Chouinard, each creation is an odyssey through the history of humanity that evades the linearity of a narrative. The intimate intelligence of the body, the inexhaustible complexity of its articulations and mutations command constructions that are achieved through form. The choreographer is thoroughly engaged in every aspect of a work, from music to scenography, lighting, costumes, and hairstyles, so they resonate with each other in a whole with great power of evocation. Hailed for their technique, versatility and performance skills, the ten permanent dancers of the company, trained in different somatic approaches, bring Chouinard’s iconic works to the stage. The company has a vast repertoire of works, most still performed internationally:“The Rite of Spring”, “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”, “24 Preludes by Chopin”, “Le Cri du monde“,“Étude no 1“,“Body Remix/Goldberg Variations“,“Henri Michaux: Mouvement“,“Soft virtuosity“,“still humid“,“on the edge“ and “Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights“.The “Rite of Spring“ has been performed for almost 25 years and become a classic in the history of contemporary dance.Chouinard's works also appear in the repertoires of major ballet companies such as National Ballet of Canada, São Paulo Dance Company, Monte Carlo Ballet, Göteborg Ballet, Gulbenkian Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company…In 2009, Marie Chouinard, the dancer, returned to the stage after a 20 year absence with her solo creation “morning glories :)-(:”andsince 2012, has danced “In Museum”, a three-hour solo performance-installation.An author, set and lighting designer, photographer and film director, her opus includes numerous multimedia works, music videos, poems collections, photo-installations, art exhibitions… Whatever the medium (stage, screen, digital, print, etc.), the crux of the work is always the body.Over the years, Company Marie Chouinard has developed her own dance technique, taught by the dancers during workshops or master classes in tour.A true cultural ambassador for Quebec, Marie Chouinard has received several awards and distinctions in recognition of her contribution to the arts, including Bessie Award (New York, 2000), Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (2006), title of Officer of the Order of Canada (2007), title of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2009), Denise Pelletier Award (Quebec, 2010), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Award for best choreography (2012), Samuel de Champlain Award (France, 2014),title of Companion of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec (2015),title of Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec (2015), Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada, 2016), Positano "Choreographer of the Year" Award (Italy, 2016) and Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts (Canada, 2016). The name of Marie Chouinard became a dictionary entry in Le Petit Larousse, illustrated edition, in 2010 and in Le Robert in 2011.




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