Frances Murphy ©Alice Blangero
Anja Behrend & Quinn Pendleton ©Alice Blangero
Bruno Roque & Asier Uriagereka
Bruno Roque & Asier Uriagereka ©Alice Blangero
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Anja Behrend & Quinn Pendleton ©Alice Blangero
Bruno Roque & Asier Uriagereka ©Alice Blangero
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MARIE CHOUINARD

In this new work by Marie Chouinard, the company’s ten dancers execute variations on the exercise of freedom. Often, the dancers appear on points: on one, two, and even four at a time. In a spectroscopy of the gesture, we also see them using different devices – crutches, rope, prostheses, horizontal bars, and harnesses – which at times liberate their movements, at others fetter it, and at still others create it.

This use of accessories gives rise to unusual bodily shapes and gestural dynamics and opens onto a universe of meticulous and playful explorations in which solos, duos, trios and group work, in their labour, pleasure and invention, echo the human condition.

An aesthete beyond norms, Marie Chouinard presents her ideas on the way the indefinableness of the Other and the flagrancy of Beauty brush up against one another through an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Subtle and extravagant, sumptuous and wild, the work’s movements plumb the insoluble mystery of the body, of the living being.


Choreography and Artistic Direction: Marie Chouinard
Music: Louis Dufort, Jean-Sébastien, Vocal Extracts of Glenn Gould
Lighting, Set Design and Props: Marie Chouinard
Costumes and Hair Stylist: Vandal
Make-up: Jacques-Lee Pelletier
Lighting Creation Assistants: Erwann Bernard, Marc Tétreault

Created at the Venice Biennale’s International Festival of Contemporary Dance, Italy, June 18th, 2005

Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo on April 19th 2012, Grimaldi Forum Monaco