World famous Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard drew on Hieronymus Bosch’ master piece ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ to create her latest. Sensuous, masterful and so beautiful.
"Here is a choreography in three acts from the famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Act 1: The Garden of Delights (central panel)
Act 2: Hell (right panel)
Act 3: Paradise (left panel)
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 the 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)
Choreography: Marie Chouinard. Original music: Louis Dufort. Set design and video: Marie Chouinard. Dancers: Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Paige Culley, Valeria Galluccio, Leon Kupferschmid, Morgane Le Tiec, Lucy M. May, Scott McCabe, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire, Carol Prieur, Megan Walbaum. Lights: Marie Chouinard. Costumes and props: Marie Chouinard. Make-up: Jacques-Lee Pelletier. Film crew (act 3): Scriptwriter and director: Marie Chouinard. Director of photography: Jean-François Gratton. Director assistant and editor: Miguel Raymond. Performer: Lucie Mongrai. Video Consultant: Jimmy Lakatos. Video Assistant: Sylvain Robert. Set design and props production: Josée Arès, Isabelle Gauthier, Cédric Lord. Costume production: Zdravka Tchakaloff
*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
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production in coproduction with the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation (The Netherlands), commemorating the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death.
Touring Crew: Rehearsal Director on Tour: Gaby Baars. Tour Manager: Jean-Hugues Rochette. Technical Director and Sound Engineer: Maxime Lambert. Video Manager: Julien Brousseau. Lighting Manager: Benoît Dubord. Stage Manager: Jérémie Boucher
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.
* The use of cameras, camcorders, tape recorders and cell phones is strictly forbidden during the performance.
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. From then on, the COMPAGNIE performs all over the world. In 2007, the COMPAGNIE moved into its own building, Espace Marie Chouinard in Montreal.
In 2009, after a twenty-year absence from the stage, Marie Chouinard returned with her solo gloires du matin :)-(:. Since 2012, she dances the solo IN MUSEUM, a 3-hour performance-installation.
Also an author, a set and lighting designer, a photographer and a 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/les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG, 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 is exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2012, the exhibit DRAWINGS is displayed at the Galerie Donald Browne in Montreal and at the Toronto International Art Fair, then in 2014, in Prague, at the Festival Tanec Praha. Marie Chouinard designed, in 2015, 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.
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) and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada, 2016). The name of Marie Chouinard became a dictionary entry in Le Petit Larousse illustré in 2010 and in Le Robert in 2011.