HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS
2005 - 2011
Ballet in one act

Length
35 min

Created at ImPulsTanz, Vienna International Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria, August 2, 2011*
Including a solo created at Cinquième salle, Place des Arts (Montréal) – December 8, 2005

In 1980, Marie Chouinard discovered the book Mouvements by Henri Michaux (1899-1984). In 64 pages of India-ink drawings, a 15-page poem and an afterword, Mouvements presents multiform figures that Marie Chouinard took pleasure in reading literally, left to right and page by page, as a choreographic score. She then proceeded to decrypt the great artist’s drawings and set dance to these "movements of multiple inkjets, a celebration of blots, arms moving up and down the scales.”

The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”, for even the poem in the middle of the book, as well as its afterword, are included in the choreography. 

The drawings are projected in the background, allowing spectators to do a simultaneous personal reading of the Michaux score. Echoing the visual presentation of a white page with black drawings, performers dressed in black dance on a white floor.

Choreography and Artistic Direction
Marie Chouinard

Lighting, Set Design
Marie Chouinard

Music
Louis Dufort

Texts and projected drawings
Henri Michaux, from the book "Mouvements" (1951), with the permission of the right-holders Henri Michaux and Editions Gallimard

Lighting, Set Design
Marie Chouinard

Sound environment
Edward Freedman

Costumes
Marie Chouinard

Hairstyle
Marie Chouinard

Translation
Howard Scott

*Dancers for the world premiere
Kimberley De Jong, Leon Kupferschmid, Lucy M. May, Lucie Mongrain, Mariusz Ostrowski, Carol Prieur, Gérard Reyes, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Megan Walbaum

A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production with the support of ImPulsTanz (Vienna)


Press excerpts

Photo 1: Sylvie-Ann Paré - Dancer: Carol Prieur

Photo 2: Sylvie-Ann Paré - Dancer: Lucy M May

Photo 3: Sylvie-Ann Paré - Dancer: Lucy M May

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