Étude no 1, a solo work by Marie Chouinard, is the result of the encounter between the choreographer, composer Louis Dufort and dancer Lucie Mongrain.
In a minimal, blue rectangle setting that echoes the dancer’s steel-tipped shoes, Marie Chouinard has created a geometric and unbridled dance in five parts – five variations with specific themes and common body movements. The body becomes the pretext for a series of movements at times dislocated, at times undulated, a “steel” dance extended by real time processed sound.
Electroacoustic composer Louis Dufort has collaborated regularly with Marie Chouinard since 1998. His scores for the choreographer reflect his interest in integrating non-musical elements in music. Dancer Lucie Mongrain masters Marie Chouinard’s choreographic language with precision and sensitivity.
Length | 35 min
Created at ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2001*
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, co-produced with ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival (Austria) and Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa)
Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction | Marie Chouinard
Original Music with Real Time Processed Sound | Louis Dufort
Costume, Lighting and Set Design | Marie Chouinard
Props | L Vandal
Make-up | Jacques-Lee Pelletier
*Dancers for the world premiere | Lucie Mongrain with the participation of James Viveiros
« The solo of Lucie Mongrain leaves the audience breathless. » - Aline Apostolska, La Presse, Montreal, 2003
« ... two authentic masterpieces [Des feux dans la nuit and Étude no. 1] [...] Dazzling! » - Jean-Pierre Pastori, 24 Heures, Lausanne, 2003
« Startling. » - Isabelle Poulin, Le Devoir, Montreal, 2002
« Marie Chouinard makes a triumphant return to the solo form. Two solos presented by choreographer Marie Chouinard in Ottawa […] hypnotized and invigorated audiences. » - Philip Szporer, Hour, Montreal, 2002
« Étude no. 1 is a virtuosic solo. […] An incredibly raw performance. It’s half an hour inside a dancer’s skin in which the choreographer has blurred the lines between performing and existing. » - Susan Walker, Toronto Star, 2002
« An eerie spectacle with disturbing passages, performed by a brilliant dancer... » - Bettina Steiner, Die Presse¸ Vienna, 2001
« Étude no. 1 joins the ranks of Chouinard’s successful solos for women. » - Silvia Kargle, Salzburger Nachrichten, 2001