IN MUSEUM V2
(2012 rev. 2016)
“The present is our only eternity.” - Marie Chouinard
Originally performed by Marie Chouinard in a 3-hour solo, always in a public place, IN MUSEUM is now also being presented by the dancers of COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, who replace each other in turn throughout the performance.
A visitor is invited to share discreetly a hope or a wish with the dancer. From each exchange a personalized reply will result, a free dance of dazzling spontaneity that conjures powers to make the wish come true. IN MUSEUM V2 evolves over each progressive exchange between performer and visitor. Between each encounter, the dancer takes a moment to refocus before again giving form and shape to the invisible.
The performance brings to mind the white-clad Pythia, the prophetess of Delphi. This ancient Greek figure delivered her prophecies in a trance like state and in a language that only priests of the temple knew how to interpret. The history of Pythia and the act of divination may remain a mystery, but the inscription at the entrance to Apollo’s temple at Delphi has lost none of its truth: “Know thyself and thou will know the universe and the gods.”
COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD's dancers
Costumes and props
A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production.
Photo 1: Alessandro Gonfiantini – Dancer: Valeria Galluccio
Photo 2: Stéphane Pilon – Dancer: Kimberley de Jong