Installation and solo performance Compagnie Marie Chouinard (CA): IN MUSEUM

26. 6. 2014 / 10.30 / National Gallery in Prague - Veletrzni Palace and TANEC PRAHA 2014

Whisper to Marie Chouinard to dance your secret desire...

Marie Chouinard inspired by Greek mythology turns one of the gallery halls into the Oracle of Delphi. The audience circulate around space delimited in white, while a female dancer, in the role of the legendary Pythia, invites them to whisper to her ear their wishes, secrets and pleas. In ancient times, only the most educated priests were able to decipher Pythia's oracles: shall we, contemporary spectators, understand the oracle expressed in the language of dance? This unique performance will take place at the hall with František Kupka exhibition.

“Deconstructing the relationship between performer and audience, Chouinard asked patrons about their personal wishes and responded through dance that might inspire the wishes' manifestation. Bodily expression, art, and desire became the platform not only for a performance but for reflective emotional connection between performer and viewers.”   Robyn Fadden, Blouin art info, november 2013

Installation and solo performance
Performance length: 3h

Admission to the performance is included in the entrance fee to the National Gallery.

Created at Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul as part of the 30th International Symposium of Contemporary art of Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, August 31, 2012

Creation: Marie Chouinard
Performer: Marie Chouinard
Costumes and props: Marie Chouinard (assisted by Jacinthe Loranger for costumes)
Stage manager: Caroline Nadeau

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.

This performance is co-organized by the National Gallery in Prague.



Marie Chouinard launches her career in choreography in 1978 with Crystallization, immediately provoking attention and right away labelled as an exceptional choreographic talent. She lived all around the world, in New York City, Berlin, Bali or Nepal. Her traveling, curiosity, eclectic studies and the knowledge of diverse movement techniques enabled her to develop her body in many ways and directions. Fifty solo or group pieces so far has she produced: all of them revealing her virtuosity, her approach to dance as a sacred art and the vision of body as a respectful art tool. If her importance needs to be measured, let us do it with the following list of accolades: Bessie Award, the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, her own entry in the French dictionaries Le Robert and Larousse, among other things. Her most famous pieces include The Rite of Spring (1993), 24 Preludes By Chopin (1999), Chorale (2003), Le cri du monde (2000), bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS (2005), The Golden Mean (Live) (2010). In 2009 she herself goes back on stage with a solo morning glories :)-(: A year before she publishes her own collection of poems Chantier des extases. On top of that, she designs stage sets, light design and is an active photographer.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard was founded by the choreographer in 1990, after twelve years of her solo career. Today, the company ranks among the top dance companies internationally. Among its members are such exceptional names as Carol Prieur, the dancer of the year 2010 according to the prestigious magazine Tanz magazin or Lucy Mongrain who is an exquisite solo performer, gained reputation with her performance in Etude No. 1 (2001) and is a former member of the group. The company collaborates with leading arts organizations: the Venice Biennale, the Vienna festival ImPulsTanz, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation, Fondazione Musica Per Roma in Rome, the TransAmériques Festival at Place des Arts in Montréal and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Since 2007 the company is based in its own space - Espace Marie Chouinard in Montréal.

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