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In-Gallery Performance
Marie Chouinard’s IN MUSEUM

Sat, Mar 23, 2013, 2–5 pm

IN MUSEUM is a rare opportunity to experience Montreal choreographer and dancer Marie Chouinard in a solo performance, a form she explored in her remarkable first works in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Individuals circulating in a gallery space can ask a question or make a request of Marie Chouinard, be it personal or universal, to which she then responds, performing intimate rituals and dance of dazzling spontaneity. Between each encounter, she takes time to refocus before embodying the next visitor’s inner world and aspirations.

Working from the theme of “making the whirling world stand still” (fixer les vertiges) that is inspired by a poem by Arthur Rimbaud, Chouinard’s performance brings to mind a white-clad Pythia, the prophetess of Delphi. This ancient Greek character delivered her prophecies in a trance and a language that only priests of the temple knew how to interpret.

IN MUSEUM is performed in the galleries of the MCA exhibition Color Bind, which provides a strong complement of power and simplicity.


About the Artist

Marie Chouinard is a choreographer, dancer, performer, and occasional set, costume, sound, and light designer. Based in Montreal, she has worked since 1978 to build a diverse choreographic corpus that has earned her a central place in the contemporary dance and art scene. The Compagnie Marie Chouinard was established in 1990 and has performed many times on all the great stages of the world and participated in prestigious international festivals. Chouinard has received numerous awards for her contribution to the world of dance and the arts. Most recently, The Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec has awarded the first CALQ award for best choreographic work of 2011–2012 to Marie Chouinard for THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE). Her travels, her curiosity, her eclectic studies, and her understanding of various techniques allow her to explore the body in different ways. Her works reflect the concerns of this surprising choreographer: her view of dance as a sacred art, her respect for the body as a vehicle of that art, her virtuoso approach to performance and the invention of a different universe for each new piece. Dubbed the high priestess of the avant-garde, Chouinard unites the sensual and cerebral in her stark, iconoclastic, visually stunning works. She continues to add to her repertoire of more than 50 different and highly distinctive works exemplifying her idiosyncratic humor, sexuality, meticulous construction and performance aesthetic.

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