ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE
Ballet in one act

Length 
66 minutes

Created at the Equilibrio Festival, Rome, Italy, on February 6, 2008*  

A MYTH ON THE ACT OF CREATION
Bodies propelled by subterranean forces surging through them in a sinister, surreal universe, a world where the grotesque vies with Eros. Orpheus and Eurydice is a powerful, excessive work imbued with undulations of humour. Fascinated by the body and its most intimate, secret manifestations, choreographer Marie Chouinard has created an exploratory dance that plunges into a dissoluteness and excess portrayed by dancers whose commitment is total.

This piece exposes the visceral sources of creation. Breaths, shouts, vowels and consonants are pulled out from the organic like an infra tongue extirpated from the inmost depths of the body.

It features not a single Eurydice or Orpheus but several, multiple in number and in gender. Moving between harmony and heartbreak, comedy and cruelty, the vital pulsations of the living are apparent in
bodies possessed.

By Michèle Febvre for Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada)

Choreography and Direction
Marie Chouinard

Original Music
Louis Dufort

Lighting, Set Design and Props
Marie Chouinard

Texts excerpts 
From Profanations by Giorgio Agamben from June 15, 2008 with the author permission

Costumes
Vandal

Make up
Jacques-Lee Pelletier

Sound Advisor
Edward Freedman

Props Constructions
Marilène Bastien

*Dancers for the world premiere
Kimberley De Jong, Mark Eden-Towle, Masaharu Imazu, Carla Maruca, Lucie Mongrain, Carol Prieur, Manuel Roque, Dorotea Saykaly, James Viveiros, Won Myeong Won

A COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD production in co-production with the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Fondazione Musica per Roma (Roma), the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Movimentos Festwochender Autostadt (Wolfsburg), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Place des Arts (Montreal), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), with the support of ImPulstanz (Vienna)

Press excerpts

Photo 1 : Michael Slobodian – Dancer : Carla Maruca

Photo 2 : Michael Slobodian – Dancer : Carol Prieur

Photo 3 : Michael Slobodian – Dancer : Carol Prieur

Photo 4 : Marie Chouinard – Dancer : Carol Prieur
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