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 Post subject: Compagnie Marie Chouinard
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 1:03 am 

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Creatures in Torment Seek Their True Nature

The New York Times

Nowadays the choreographer Marie Chouinard from Montreal is apt to garner international prizes, including a Performing Arts Award from the Governor General of Canada. Gone are her images of early revolt: no more retching or urinating before an audience or, as in her brilliant gloss on Nijinsky's "Afternoon of a Faun," pasting a phallus onto a female body.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:27 am 

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Seattle press reviews of Compagnie Marie Chouinard presented by On the Boards, Thursday through Sunday, October 15-18, 2008.

Alice Kaderlan in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Seattle P-I

Jean Lenihan in the Seattle Times:

Seattle Times

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:38 am 

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It seems even the allure of nudiy isn't enough to entice the general public to modern art in this economic recession. The audience at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco for the opening of Marie Chouinard seemed ample but a little thin -- those that showed up were well rewarded.

The short "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun" to the traditional Debussy score served to whet the appetite with stylish, mesmerizing articulation, with references to Nijinsky, and towards the end pushed the boundary between art and vulgarity. "Rite of Spring" exhibited the above plus an enthralling intensity with unearthly movement. Lighting, by Alain Lortie and Chouinard herself, was key to both works, especially in the latter piece, in exaggerating the grotesque and underlining the dramatic.

This is a performance I'm very glad to have experienced.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:48 am 

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A review in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chouinard creations are surrealist treats

Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Monday, April 13, 2009

To Montreal's Marie Chouinard, sex is a grunting, primitive struggle toward the expulsion of one's seed. In her "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" Friday night, a goat-like Lucie Mongrain huffed and puffed to Debussy, then wrenched a horn from her head and attached it as a red phallus to her groin; the climax brought confetti. In Chouinard's "Rite of Spring," men trembled with thwarted biological drive before topless women bedecked with spikes.


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