Les 24 Préludes de Chopin / Henri Michaux: Mouvements

Marie Chouinard

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 7 p.m., € 30 / red. € 15, TICKETS
Monday, May 20, 2019, 7 p.m., € 30 / red. € 15, TICKETS
Venue: Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal
Running time: 100 Min.

Artist Talk on May 19th

Les 24 Préludes de Chopin

Using the 24 Preludes in Frédéric Chopin's opus 28 as her source of inspiration, Marie Chouinard has choreographed this piece with a spirit that reflects her great facility in dealing with the demands of a classical form, musical in this instance. In this jubilant yet solemn work, the dance melds with the music for an energetic, stirring and resolutely contemporary whole.

Guided by intuition and the melodic force of these free form musical pieces, she has fashioned a composite dance consisting of solos, duos, trios and group movements that marry gentleness with strength, and subtlety with rawness. 24 Preludes by Chopin is a choreographic work constructed of dynamic alternations that are constantly in touch with the music and the feelings it evokes, such as chastity, passion, introspection, ardour or rebellion.


Henri Michaux: Mouvements

In 1980, Marie Chouinard discovered the book Mouvements by Henri Michaux (1899-1984). In 64 pages of India-ink drawings, a 15-page poem and an afterword, Mouvements presents multiform figures that Marie Chouinard took pleasure in reading literally  as a choreographic score. She then proceeded to decrypt the great artist’s drawings and set dance to these "movements of multiple inkjets, a celebration of blots, arms moving up and down the scales.”

The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”, for even the poem in the middle of the book, as well as its afterword, are included in the choreography. The drawings are projected in the background, allowing spectators to do a simultaneous personal reading of the Michaux score.


 

Les 24 Préludes de Chopin
Choreographer and artistic director:
Marie Chouinard

Music: Frédéric Chopin, 24 Préludes de l’opus 28
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
Lighting designer: Axel Morgenthaler
Costume designer: Liz Vanda
Makeup artist: Jacques-Lee Pelletier

A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production.


Henri Michaux: Mouvements
2005–2011, Ballet in one act
Artistic director and choreographer: Marie Chouinard
Music: Louis Dufort
Projected texts and drawings: Henri Michaux: Mouvements (1951), by permission of the rights holders of the works of Henri Michaux and Éditions Gallimard.
Dancers: Jossua Collin-Dufour, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Morgane Le Tiec, Luigi Luna, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler
Lighting designer and scenographer: Marie Chouinard
Sound environment: Edward Freedman
Costume designer: Marie Chouinard
Hair stylist: Marie Chouinard
Vocals: Marcel Sabourin


A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production with the support of ImpulsTanz (Vienna)
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With the support of: Vertretung der Regierung von Québec - Berlin.

Photos: © Marie Chouinard, Sylvie-Ann Paré