With Chorale a work for ten dancers, Marie Chouinard recalls that the words choreography and chorale share the same etymology in Greek. In this work, she creates a festive universe around the notion of sexuality and divinity. Here, the corporeal and vocal architecture is pushed to extremes and voice and movement have common cause. Out of these singular bodies, fashioned by irresistible pulsations that stretch them and throw them out of kilter, steal breathless, chanting, gurgling, howling and ululating voices.
During this thoughtful series of apotheoses, beings meet on the side of the formless or mis-shapen and the strange or troubling, of grace or spoliation and the primitive or urbane, amusing themselves with unusual and yet strangely familiar games. Alone, in duets, or as a group, they call out to the other, respond to it, and drink deeply at its source in an immediate series of situations that are intense, tender, humorous and profoundly human in turn.
Ballet in one act
Length | 45 min
Created at RED Reggio Emilia Danza, Italy, June 19, 2003*
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, co-produced with ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Festival (Austria), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) and RED Reggio Emilia Danza (Italy)
Artistic Direction, Choreography and Vocals | Marie Chouinard
Original Music | Louis Dufort
Sound Design | Edward Freedman
Lighting | Axel Morganthaler and Marie Chouinard
Costumes | Liz Vandal
Make-up | Jacques-Lee Pelletier
*Dancers at creation | Simon Alarie, Mark Eden-Towle, Julio Cesar Hong, Carla Maruca, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Isabelle Poirier, Carol Prieur, David Rancourt, Maud Simoneau, James Viveiros
« Chorale, [...], is one of her best pieces [...] » - Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino, ballettanz, Berlin, 2003