bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS by Marie Chouinard although premiered in 2005 for the Venice Biennale’s International Festival of Contemporary Dance, already has a status of pivotal dance piece of the last decade.
bODY_rEMIX / gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS by Marie Chouinard (c)
Photo above: dancer Carol Prieur by Sylvie-Ann Paré (c)
Photo bellow: dancer David Rancourt by Sylvie-Ann Paré (c)
‘In this work by Marie Chouinard, the company’s ten dancers execute variations on the exercise of freedom. Often, the dancers appear on points: on one, two, and even four at a time. In a spectroscopy of the gesture, we also see them using different devices – crutches, rope, prostheses, horizontal bars, and harnesses – which at times liberate their movements, at others fetter it, and at still others create it.
This use of accessories gives rise to unusual bodily shapes and gestural dynamics and opens onto a universe of meticulous and playful explorations in which solos, duos, trios and group work, in their labour, pleasure and invention, echo the human condition.
An aesthete beyond norms, Marie Chouinard presents her ideas on the way the indefinableness of the Other and the flagrancy of Beauty brush up against one another through an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Subtle and extravagant, sumptuous and wild, the work’s movements plumb the insoluble mystery of the body, of the living being.’ (text taken from www.mariechouinard.com)
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