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"★★★★" - The Toronto Star

from the internationally acclaimed montreal choreographer marie chouinard

Orpheus and Eurydice

Video Trailer for Orpheus and Eurydice. Please note: This video contains nudity and sexuality.
DATES
Nov 1 - Nov 5, 2011
THEATRE
Bluma Appel Theatre
RUN TIME
1 hour, 5 minutes
No intermission
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DIRECTION BY
Marie Chouinard
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
Louis Dufort

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Profanations by Giogio Agamben, with the author's permission
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Overview
About the Work
Story through Movement
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"★★★★" - The Toronto Star

“you’ve never seen [Orpheus and Eurydice] — or heard it — in quite the same way ... Chouinard and her company make mythological magic” - Toronto SUN

"avant-garde dance… still has the power to shock ... a marvel of minimalist wit" - MacLean's

"a quintessential example of all things Chouinard ... delicious ... unpredictable"
- The Globe and Mail

"A hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness" - The New York Times


a compagnie marie chouinard production presented by canadian stage

The familiar myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is re-imagined as a powerful dance piece that undulates with humour. Quebecois sensation Marie Chouinard brings her distinct choreography to Canadian Stage following an internationally acclaimed tour.  Chouinard tells a story that moves between harmony and heartbreak, comedy and cruelty and is at once erotic and sensuous.

audience advisory

Ages 16+, mature themes, nudity and sexuality.

company

Valeria Gallucio, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Michael Nameishi, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum
 

about the work

Montreal-based dance superstar Marie Chouinard brings her powerful retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth to Canadian Stage, after a hugely successful international tour.

Featuring a company of extraordinary dancers, this work uses a familiar myth to explore our fascination with creation, language and expression.

Not for the prudish or faint-hearted, Orpheus and Eurydice offers a feisty, sexy and - ultimately - illuminating retelling of the tragic story of love and loss.
 

story through movement

by Matthew Jocelyn


At the Bluma this season, we’re thrilled to feature the work of two remarkable Canadian choreographers: Marie Chouinard and Crystal Pite. For the past 20 years, many of the most inventive, imaginative creators working in the performing arts have been from the world of contemporary dance. These artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of the body and of movement as part of the essential core of their storytelling.

The award-winning Crystal Pite, whose work has been critically acclaimed after recent performances with The National Ballet of Canada, and the Quebec sensation Marie Chouinard, whose work has toured throughout Europe, are without question two of our country’s most exciting dance-creators.

Both Crystal and Marie are deeply immersed in a world of theatrical expression, character and imagery, exploring the relationship between narrative and movement. It is that inventiveness,that boundless potential for a different sense of space and of expression that I find so fascinating in the world of dance. These choreographers have had a profound impact on makers of theatre throughout the world, constantly challenging our perceptions, constantly stimulating our emotions. We can’t wait to share their work with you.

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