Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 2:00 pm MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St, Regina, SK S4S 6X6 Tickets: General Admission: $25 Adv. | $30 Door Student Rate: $18 Adv. | $20 Door Children (under 12): $10
Compagnie Marie Chouninard's program includes
#1 Cantique (film featuring Carol Prieur and Benoît Lachambre) #2 S.T.A.B. (live dance featuring Carol Prieur) Intermission (20 minutes) #3 Étude #1 (extract) (live dance featuring Carol Prieur) Pause #4 Solo visage nu (extract from LE NOMBRE D'OR) (live dance featuring Carol Prieur)
Cantique no 1 Emerging from the depths of a black space, a man and a woman choose to meet. A dialogue of their breath and tongues, like strange, independent entities exiting from their mouths to engage in a dance of copulation. The faces of the man and woman, in profile, fill the entire screen, face to face in intense intimacy, without ever touching.
S.T.A.B. (Space, Time and Beyond) S.T.A.B. (Space, Time and Beyond) is a solo that was created and performed by Marie Chouinard in 1986. The title S.T.A.B is an acronym for Space, Time and Beyond. In 1998, for the first time, the solo was passed on to a dancer from COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD for the retrospective show Les Solos 1978-1998, highlighting the choreographer's twenty years of creation. In this solo, all sounds are produced live by the performer. Usually, the dancer's body is painted entirely red. For this gallery performance, as an exception, a new costume will be used.
Étude no 1 In a minimal, blue rectangle setting that echoes the dancer’s steel-tipped shoes, Marie Chouinard has created a geometric and unbridled dance in five parts – five variations with specific themes and common body movements. The body becomes the pretext for a series of movements at times dislocated, at times undulated, a “steel” dance extended by real time processed sound. Electroacoustic composer Louis Dufort has collaborated regularly with Marie Chouinard since 1998. His scores for the choreographer reflect his interest in integrating non-musical elements in music.
Solo visage nu (excerpt from LE NOMBRE D’OR): A production of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, in coproduction with National Arts Center (Ottawa), Place des Arts (Montreal), Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad (Vancouver), with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna). The beings performing on stage will appear to have come from a strange yet friendly future: in an absolutely scintillating acuteness of sensory perception, in which the underlying processes are laid bare, they allow us to listen to our senses in a serene and unprecedented way. The being is field of exploration, a crucible of possibilities: here is on the verge of a thought-provoking and amorous mutation.
“- profound – soft virtuosity – state of grace – multiple intelligences conversing – the golden mean – time regained." - Marie Chouinard, 2010
Cantique no 1 Screenplay and Direction: Marie Chouinard Performers: Benoît Lachambre and Carol Prieur Music: Louis Dufort Editing: Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
S.T.A.B. (Space, Time and Beyond) Choreography: Marie Chouinard Dancer: Carol Prieur Vocals: Marie Chouinard Sound Environment: Edward Freedman Costume: Louis Montpetit Make-up: Jacques Lee Pelletier
Étude no 1 Created at ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2001* Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction: Marie Chouinard Dancer: Carol Prieur Original Music with Real Time Processed Sound: Louis Dufort Costume, Lighting and Set Design: Marie Chouinard Make-up: Jacques Lee Pelletier
Solo visage nu (excerpt from LE NOMBRE D’OR) Concept and choreography : Marie Chouinard Original music : Louis Dufort Set design : Guillaume Lord and Marie Chouinard Lights : Alexis Bowles Costumes : Vandal Masks : Marie Chouinard Make-up : Jacques Lee Pelletier Set design and props production: Marilène Bastien Soundscape: Edward Freedman Production director: Yvon Baril
TOURING CREW Technical Director and Sound Engineer: Joël Lavoie
COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD
Executive and Artistic Director: Marie Chouinard Managing Director: Julie Beaudoin International Development Director: Paul Tanguay Controller: Monika Gruszka Producer and Technical Director: Jimmy Lakatos Production Coordinator: Jérémie Niel Communications Coordinator: Ariane Fontaine Tour Coordinator: Claude Gagnon Administrative Assistant: Gabriel Cuny Artistic Coordinator: Jamie Wright Production Archivist: Emmanuelle Brousseau Archivist/Notation: Megan Walbaum Rehearsal Directors: Emmanuelle Bourassa-Beaudoin, Tony Chong, Kimberley De Jong, Ève Garnier, Isabelle Poirier, Jamie Wright 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 Representation: Julie George (Europe), Cathy Pruzan, Cathy Pruzan Artist Representative (United States), Pilar de Yzaguirre, YSARCA S.L. (Spain), Paul Tanguay (Europe, Asia), Stéphanie Hinton (Canada, South America), Asa Edgren (Scandinavia, Baltics) Board of Directors President by interim: François Taschereau Members: Emmanuel Bégin, Marie Chouinard, André Dufour, Josette Murdock, Yves Papillon
BIOGRAPHY of Carol Prieur
Carol Prieur started her career with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. She has worked with the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. Grants permitted her to pursue her studies in New York, Europe and India where she was initiated into Kalarypayattu, an Indian martial art form. Since she became a member of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD in 1995, three solos have been created for her: Humanitas, Étude Poignante, and Mouvements. She received an Award for Best Performance in Marie Chouinard’s film, Cantique no. 1, at the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video Award in Toronto. In 2010, Carol was named Dancer of the Year by the magazine TANZ. In 2014, she is the first recipient for the Prix de la Danse de Montréal – INTERPRÈTE.
BIOGRAPHY of Marie Chouinard
Marie Chouinard, choreographer, is the Executive and Artistic Director of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, 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, COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD enjoys an international reputation. Its trajectory began in 1978, when Marie Chouinard presented her first creation, Cristallisation. This work was followed by thirty solos performed on stages at home 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, COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD has performed all over the world, and co-produces its creations with renowned partners such as the Venice Biennale, the ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival (Vienna), the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the Fondazione Musica Per Roma (Rome), Place des Arts (Montreal), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal) and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa). In 2007, the COMPAGNIE moved to its own building, Espace Marie Chouinard, in Montreal
For Marie 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 COMPAGNIE, trained in different somatic approaches, bring Marie Chouinard’s iconic works to the stage. The award-winning dancer Carol Prieur celebrated her 20th anniversary with the COMPAGNIE in 2015.
The COMPAGNIE 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 : MOUVEMENTS, 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. The choreographer's works also appear in the repertoires of major ballet companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, the São Paulo Companhia dance, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the GöteborgsOperan and the Gulbenkian Ballet †. Moreover, since 2015, Marie Chouinard has created works for other companies, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company and Ballets de Monte-Carlo. In 2009, Marie Chouinard, the dancer, returned to the stage after a 20 year absence with her solo creation morning glories :)-(: and since 2012, has danced IN MUSEUM, a three-hour solo performance-installation.
An author, set and lighting designer, photographer and film director, her opus includes multimedia works (Cantique no 3, Icônes, and CORPS CÉLESTES) films (bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, MARIE CHOUINARD: THE RITE OF SPRING, and the music video Jamais by Serge Fiori), a collection of poems entitled Chantier des extases, the photo-installation Paradisi Gloria, and an art exhibit entitled DRAWINGS. In 2015, Marie Chouinard designed CANTIQUE, a first application for iPad and iPhone, free from the App Store. Whatever the medium (stage, screen, digital, print, etc.), the crux of the work is always the body.
Over the years, COMPAGNIE 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 the Bessie Award (New York, 2000), the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (2006), the title of Officer of the Order of Canada (2007), the title of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2009), the Denise Pelletier Award (Quebec, 2010), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Award for best choreography for THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE) (2012), the Samuel de Champlain Award (France, 2014), the title of Companion of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec (2015), the title of Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec (2015), the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada, 2016), the Positano "Choreographer of the Year" Award (Italy, 2016) and the 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.
The COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal. *Dancers for the world premiere: Lucie Mongrain with the participation of James Viveiros. A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production in coproduction with ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival (Vienna) and Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa). --- Download CANTIQUE, the application for iPad and iPhone created by Marie Chouinard, free from the App Store, and choreograph a duet of faces!
*Special thanks to the following agencies: Government of Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts, CanDance, Community Initiatives Fund, Dance Saskatchewan Inc., SaskCulture, and Business for the Arts NDH acknowledges that our organization creates, inspires, presents, and collaborates on Treaty 4 Territory. We affirm our relationship and partnership with the First Nations and Métis people that live here, in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.