A study of morphological division, this deeply moving work stems from architectural observations of the body, probing the forces and tensions within us.
Ten dancers portray the magnificent and untamable fury of Le Cri du monde in solo, duo and group compositions – an implacable machine that grinds bodies and extracts the lust for life. Orchestrating muted voices and frantic shouts, cries of distress and joy, Marie Chouinard reins them in to create an ecstatic dance, an organized chaos of articulated and dislocated bodies.
Ballet in one act
Length | 40 minutes
Created at Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada, March 21, 2000*
A Compagnie Marie Chouinard production, co-produced with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada).
Choreography and Artistic Direction | Marie Chouinard
Original Music | Louis Dufort
Lighting | Axel Morgenthaler
Costumes | L Vandal
Make-up | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, L Vandal
*Dancers for the world premiere | Kirsten Andersen, Elijah Brown, Julio Cesar Hong, Sandrine Lafond, Carla Maruca, Isabelle Poirier, Luciane Pinto, Carol Prieur, Troy
« Chouinard dances over the edge and into breathtaking new worlds (...) So immense, so unaccountably new and alien and deeply perplexing is this work of art... » - Michael Scott, The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, 2000
« Le Cri du monde is a masterpiece. A triumph for Marie Chouinard and her extraordinary troupe. » - Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 2000
« ... an intense dance packed with evocative and sometimes disturbing imagery, much of it stemming from Chouinard’s trademark fascination with the articulation of the body’s architecture. » - Michael Crabb, National Post, Toronto, 2000