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 subsequent to the performance


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: 24 Préludes opus 28, Frédéric Chopin
Dancers: Jossua Collin Dufour, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Luigi Luna, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler, James Vivieros
Lighting: Axel Morgenthaler
Costumes: Liz Vandal
Make-up: Jacques-Lee Pelletier

*Dancers for the world premiere: Elijah Brown, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Luciane Pinto, Isabelle Poirier, Carol Prieur, Peter Trosztmer, Élise Vanderborght


2005 - 2011, Ballet in one act

Choreography and Artistic Direction: Marie Chouinard
Original music: Louis Dufort
Poem, Post face and projected drawings: Henri Michaux, from the book "Mouvements" (1951), with the permission of the right-holders Henri Michaux and Editions Gallimard
Dancers: Jossua Collin Dufour, Valeria Galluccio, Motrya Kozbur, Luigi Luna, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Clémentine Schindler, James Viveiros
Sound environment: Edward Freedman
Lighting, Set Design: Marie Chouinard
Costumes: Marie Chouinard
Hairstyle: Marie Chouinard
Translation: Howard Scott
Voice: Gérard Reyes

*Dancers for the world premiere: Kimberley De Jong, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum

A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna).


Touring Crew:
Rehearsal Director on Tour: Annie Gagnon
Tour Manager: Martin Coutu
Technical Director and Stage Manager: Jérémie Boucher
Lighting Manager: Chantal Labonté
Sound Engineer: Jérôme Guilleaume


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.

In Collaboration with the Embassy of Canada.