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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Orpheus and Eurydice

Apr 17–19, 2009

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 19, 3 pm

Tickets $40, MCA members $32

Special Opening Night Celebration
Friday, April 17, 6 pm

Tickets, $100, feature an intimate pre-performance dinner and include a ticket to Orpheus and Eurydice. Proceeds benefit performance programs at the MCA.
Purchase Tickets Online, contact Andrea Miller at 312.397.3868 or email amiller@mcachicago.org

Orpheus and Eurydice is the newest ballet by the internationally acclaimed Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard. Drawing from the realm of Greek myths, she explores the birth of language, the powers of language and its links to the body, and the tie between language and death. Always provocative, this vigorously sensual performance celebrates the human body as a carrier of life, and carves out a place for us to discover the poetics of the body in immediate, intelligible and ever-surprising ways.


Program Notes

About the Artist
Dubbed the high priestess of the avant-garde, Chouinard unites the sensual and cerebral in her stark, iconoclastic, visually stunning works. Her provocative intelligence, idiosyncratic humor, sexuality, and meticulous construction have garnered her awards around the world. The international reputation of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, which was formed in 1990, stems from her prior practice as a solo artist. Between 1978 and 1990, she created over fifty choreographic productions, action-performances, vocal works, installations and films, in which she refined her lifelong interest in formal research and the human body. Throughout her career, her works have been perceived as provocations, but they also are pathways towards freedom and compassion, where humor is possible and Eros omnipresent.

Savage and infinitely refined… terrifying, exhilarating, mysterious, immediate.
– Village Voice

A hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness.
– New York Times

Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission
* Recommended for mature audiences
* No late seating permitted
* This performance includes stroboscopic effects (length: 15 seconds)


Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MetLife Foundation.

The MCA presentation is generously supported by Pamela Crutchfield.