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APR 19 - 23, 2017
This latest opus by world-renowned Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard (The Golden Mean, Orpheus & Eurydice) revels in the phantasmagoric imagery of Dutch iconoclast Hieronymus Bosch. From the famous triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (c. 1500), this choreography in three parts shifts ecstatically between creation and damnation as ten dancers enter the Garden of Earthly Delights: a tantalizing cornucopia of riddles, stories and fantasies. A veritable feast for the senses.

Act 1: The Garden of Delights
Act 2: Hell
Act 3: Paradise

"Just as a choreographer can start with a piece of music in order to create, I am starting with the painting by Bosch. And just as a choreographer can choose to 'stick' to a musical score (or not), I have chosen to 'stick' to Bosch's painting, its spirit. The joy of bowing before a masterpiece!" - Marie Chouinard

"Marie Chouinard transposes Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights with raw gusto ...the bodies are free, delightfully engaged in this fearless dance..."

– LE MONDE (PARIS)

"Magnificent, delightful"

– TANZCHRIFT (VIENNA)

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CHOREOGRAPHY
Marie Chouinard

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Louis Dufort

SET, COSTUME, LIGHTING, VIDEO DESIGN, PROPS
Marie Chouinard

MAKEUP
Jacques-Lee Pelletier

FILM CREW (ACT 3)

SCRIPTWRITER & DIRECTOR
Marie Chouinard

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPH
Jean-François Gratton

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & EDITOR
Miguel Raymond

PERFORMER
Lucie Mongrain

VIDEO CONSULTANT
Jimmy Lakatos

VIDEO ASSISTANT
Sylvain Robert

SET DESIGN & PROPS PRODUCTION
Isabelle Gauthier
Cédric Lord

COSTUME PRODUCTION
Zdravka Tchakaloff
DANCERS
Sébastien Cossette-Masse
Catherine Dagenais-Savard
Valeria Galluccio
Charles Cardin-Bourbeau
Motrya Kozbur
Morgane Le Tiec
Scott McCabe
Sacha Ouellette-Deguire
Carol Prieur
Clémentine Schindler


TOURING CREW

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ON TOUR
Jean-Hugues Rochette

TOUR MANAGER
Jade Marquis

TECHNICAL & STAGE DIRECTOR
Jérémie Boucher

LIGHTING MANAGER
Isabelle Garceau

SOUND ENGINEER
Jérôme Guilleaume

VIDEO MANAGER
Jimmy Lakatos
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production in coproduction with the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation (Netherlands), commemorating the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death. Created at Theaterfestival Boulevard, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, August 4, 2016*

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: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Paige Culley, Valeria Galluccio, Leon Kupferschmid, Morgane Le Tiec, Lucy M. May, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Megan Walbaum

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Friday October 16, 2015

6:15-6:45pm

Marcia Blumberg, Associate Professor in English at York University, discusses Samuel Beckett’s repertoire and the significance of Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby.


Friday October 23, 2015

6:15-6:45pm

Assistant Professor at University of Toronto’s Drama Centre T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko presents. Topic TBA.


Friday, October 30, 2015

6:15-6:45pm

Larry Switzky, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, discusses Beckett's love for visual art and the relationship between his late plays and sculpture.

About Marie Chouinard


In 1978, the Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard presented her first dance work, Cristallisation, establishing her reputation as a highly original artist driven by the need for authentic communication. This first piece was followed by thirty solos performed on the international stage, 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 30 years.

In 1990, the soloist and choreographer founded her own company, Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Performing all over the world, Compagnie Marie Chouinard co-produces its pieces with different partners such as the Venice Biennale, the ImPulsTanz Dance Festival (Vienna), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), the FondazioneMusica Per Roma (Rome), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Place des Arts (Montreal), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa). Many of the Compagnie's pieces remain in its repertoire for a long time, such as The Rite of Spring, danced for more than 20 years already. Her pieces can also be found in the repertoire of different ballet companies, including the 24 Preludes by Chopin at the National Ballet of Canada, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun at the São Paulo Companhia de Dança, bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, Act 1, at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the GöteborgsOperan in Sweden. In 2009, after a twenty-year absence from the stage, Marie Chouinard returned with her solo gloires du matin :)-(:. Since 2012, she danced the solo IN MUSEUM, a 3-hour performance-installation.

Also an author, a set and lighting designer, photographer and film maker, her opus includes multimedia pieces (the installations Cantique no 3, created with Louis Dufort; Icônes, created with Luc Courchesne and CORPS CÉLESTES, created with Louis Dufort and Luc Courchesne; films (bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, MARIE CHOUINARD: THE RITE OF SPRING) and the music video Jamais by Serge Fiori. In 2008, her collection of poems entitled Chantier des extases was published by Éditions du passage. In 2011, her photo-installation Paradisi Gloria was exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2012, the exhibit DRAWINGS was displayed at the Galerie Donald Browne in Montreal and at the Toronto International Art Fair, then in 2014, in Prague, at the Festival TanecPraha. In 2015, Marie Chouinard designed a first application for iPad and iPhone, CANTIQUE, free on the App Store.

Over the years, Marie Chouinard has developed her own dance technique, now taught by herself or her dancers during workshops or master classes. Marie Chouinard is also invited to create for other prestigious companies, including the Martha Graham Dance Company: Inner Resources (2016). In 2011, she created LES PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL to applaud the excellent work of dance artists and to reaffirm the dynamism of Montreal as a dance capital, as well as its artistic profile on the international stage.

Named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007, Marie Chouinard has received several awards including the Bessie Award (New York, 2000), the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (2006), 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 LE NOMBRE D’OR (LIVE) (2012), the Samuel de Champlain Award (France, 2014), the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec (2015), the Ordre national du Québec (2015), the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada, 2016), the Positano Prize « Choreographer of the year » (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 illustré in 2010 and in Le Robert in 2011. Marie Chouinard is an Associate Dance Artist of the Canada's National Arts Centre and the Venice Biennale's director of dance.

"My source has always been the body itself, and especially the silence and the breath which make up the 'invisible' stuff of life. At the root of each new work there is always what I call the 'mystery', an unknown wavelength that calls out to me in an almost obsessive manner. My work consists of capturing this primordial wavelength, of ' 'tuning' it in a sense, and of arranging it in space and time with a structure and form proper to it. Since 1978, this is what I have been doing: listening attentively to the vital pulsation of the body to the point of crystallising it in a new order. Each time, I start afresh from zero. Each time, I focus and re-direct my 'antennae', I seek out a new 'state', I track this wavelength until everything is in line, like in a reinvented classical structure in which, I hope, the viewer's own 'mystery' will be revealed to them." - MARIE CHOUINARD
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production presented by Canadian Stage

DANCE PROGRAMMING SUPPORTER
This Canadian Stage presentation is generously underwritten by: Kevin Garland, Gretchen & Donald Ross, Anonymous

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