Danse Danse, Montreal’s premier presenter and promoter of contemporary dance spectacles, opens 2020 with two shows by the internationally renowned Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
The first, bODY_rEMIX / les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG, is a must in contemporary dance, to discover or rediscover. The second, RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS AND DUOS, is a new creation: a meticulous assemblage of 24 dance miniatures, which exposes the human figure in all its forms.
bODY_rEMIX/les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG plays at Place des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve on January 28th and 29th as RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS ET DUOS takes over the same venue from January 30th to February 1st. Post-show talkbacks will be held on Wednesday the 29th and Friday the 31st
January 28 + 29 at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
A landmark work in Marie Chouinard’s repertoire, bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS turns 15 in 2020. A tribute to the body and the art of dance; a timeless work of dazzling beauty. 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.
January 30 – February 1st at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
A delightful choreographic collection, RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS AND DUETS is an eclectic anthology of three short original works combined with standalone excerpts from historical pieces the choreographer has reconsidered from a fresh perspective. All the elements are united by the brilliance of Chouinard’s distinctive movement vocabulary.
From one vignette to the next, in constant alternation, the work interweaves tragedy and comedy, tenderness and cruelty, vulnerability and strength, the graceful and the strange. With its appealing retrospective approach, RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS AND DUETS bears witness to a long and profound creative process that has evolved over many years and in every corner of the world. Given masterful expression by magnificent performers, Marie Chouinard’s vitality, humour and flamboyance shine out with dazzling radiance.
Marie Chouinard, dancer and choreographer, is founding president of the Prix de la Danse de Montréal, and director of dance at the Venice Biennale. In 1990, the soloist founded the COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, which has since enjoyed a solid reputation all over the world. An author, artist, stage designer and director, her opus also includes installations, performances, films, photographs, drawings, poems, stories and applications.
A true cultural ambassador for Quebec, Marie Chouinard is the recipient of several awards and distinctions highlighting her contribution to the world of the arts, including the Grand Prix of the Montreal Arts Council, the Governor General’s Award, the Positano Prize and a Bessie Award. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France and Companion of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec.
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