bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, ballet in two acts.
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.
Ballet in two acts
Length | first act 45 minutes, second act 40 minutes
Created at the Venice Biennale’s International Festival of Contemporary Dance, Italy, June 18, 2005*
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, co-produced with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Montreal High Lights Festival, Schlossfestspiele (Ludwigsburg), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Venice Biennale, White Bird (Portland), with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna)
Choreography and Artistic Direction | Marie Chouinard
Music | Louis Dufort: Variations on the Variations, Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Variations 5, 6, 8, Vocal Extracts of Glenn Gould. With the permission of the estate of Glenn Gould and Sony BMG Music (Canada) Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981)
Lighting, Set Design and Props | Marie Chouinard
Costumes and Hair Stylist | Liz Vandal
Make-up | Jacques-Lee Pelletier
Production Manager | Nadia Bellefeuille
Lighting Creation Assistants | Erwann Bernard, Marc Tétreault
*Dancers for the world premiere | Kirsten Andersen, Mark-Eden Towle, Julio Cesar Hong, Andrea Keevil, Chi Long, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Carol Prieur, David Rancourt, James Viveiros
« A dissonant symphony, bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG _vARIATIONS transcends all habits and customs to fire the imagination of the body in movement […] The most mutant of today’s ballet troupes. » - Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde, Paris, 2006
« A work cut with jewel-like precision […] with powerful and fleshed-out images […] that goes well beyond an exercise in style or destruction to show the suffering, and especially the spontaneous pleasure, of dancing. » - Isabelle Danto, Le Figaro, Paris, 2006
« Ten prodigious dancers.» - Marie-Christine Vernay, Libération, Paris, 2006
« … a wild visual fantasy in a dizzying continuum. » - Paola Bruna, Il Gazzettino, Venice, 2005
« Chouinard was stunningly creative... dance and music met in a totally new way. » - Stuttgarter Nachrichte, Ludwigsburg, 2005
« Completely innovatory. Truly dazzling. » - Gabrielle Zimmerman, Radio-Canada, Montreal, 2005
« The audience cheered Chouinard. » - Isabella Wallnöfer, Die Presse, Vienna, 2005
« Chouinard and her excellent dancers achieve a virtuoso meditation on the beauty and frailty of the human body. » - Sandra Luzina, Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 2005
« Crutches and prosthetics change into instruments that incite the dancers to ever higher performances. » - Michaela Schlagenwerth, Berliner Zeitung, Berlin, 2005