• Sandrine Lafond, Carla Maruca

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Julio Cesar Hong, Elijah Brown

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Elijah Brown, Julio Cesar Hong

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Kirsten Andersen, Isabelle Poirier, Carla Maruca, Sandrine Lafond

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Sandrine Lafond, Carla Maruca, Isabelle Poirier

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Dominique Porte

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Mathilde Monnard et Dominique Porte

    Photo: Marie Chouinard
  • Marie Chouinard

    Photo: Benny Chou
  • Carol Prieur, James Viveiros

    Photo: Nicolas Ruel
  • Lucie Mongrain

    Photo: Nicolas Ruel
  • Lucy M. May, Mariusz Ostrowski

    Photo: Image tirée du film Le Sacre du printemps (2013)


  • Total duration: 80 min
  • 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.

    Playing with the very structure of these preludes written for the piano, Marie Chouinard has created a pure, lavish piece. 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. They are transposed by Marie Chouinard into states of agitation and practiced movement, a vast terrain of forbidden games sculpted by light.

    • Year of premiere: 1999
    • Duration: 45 min
    • Target audience: Grand public
    • Choreographer(s): Marie Chouinard
    • Performer(s): Interprètes lors de la première mondiale | Elijah Brown, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Luciane Pinto, Isabelle Poirier, Carol Prieur, Peter Trosztmer, Élise Vanderborght
    • Collaborator(s): Chorégraphie et direction artistique : Marie Chouinard; Musique : Frédéric Chopin, 24 Préludes de l’opus 28; Lumières : Axel Morgenthaler; Costumes : L Vandal; Maquillages : Jacques-Lee Pelletier
    Last update: 28 octobre 2019
  • Le Sacre du printemps

    In Marie Chouinard's work, The Rite of Spring occupies a special position. In choosing to reexamine this powerful hymn to life, she has created her first choreography based on a musical score. Igor Stravinsky's. The Rite of Spring explores a New World and marks the entry of dance into modernity. In this avant-garde work, Marie Chuinard again finds an original pulsation that is essential to her movement. Far from contradicting the rhythm of her dance, the cadence and force of the music inspire, accompany and energize her, forming both the echo and the musical counterpoint of an organic, vigourous and vivid choreography.

    For Marie Chouinard, all forms are the movement through space of a specific vital energy. Unlike previous choreographers working with Stravinsky's piece, she constructed her Rite around solos, seeking to awaken in strong, clear movements the intimate mystery of each dancer.

    " There is no story in my Rite", she explains, "no development, no cause and effect. Only synchronicity. It is as if I were dealing with the very moment after the instant life first appeared. The performance is the unfolding of that moment. I have the feeling that before that moment there was an extraordinary burst of light, a flash of lightning."

    • Year of premiere: 1993
    • Duration: 35 min
    • Target audience: Grand public
    • Choreographer(s): Marie Chouinard
    • Performer(s): Interprètes lors de la première mondiale : Marie-Josée Paradis, Mathilde Monnard, Daniel Éthier, Dominique Porte, Pamela Newell, José Navas, Jeremy Weichsel
    • Collaborator(s): Conception, direction artistique et chorégraphie : Marie Chouinard; Musique : Signatures sonores : Rober Racine, 1992, Le Sacre du printemps : Igor Stravinsky, 1913; Lumières : Marie Chouinard; Costumes : L Vandal; Accessoires : Zaven Paré; Maquillages : Jacques-Lee Pelletier; Coiffures : Daniel Éthier

    1er mondiale au centre des Arts Ottawa, Canada (1993)

    Last update: 28 septembre 2018