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Sneak peek of Crystal Pite @ Nederlands Dans Theater Oct 31, 2008

Crystal Pite, in addition to going out on tour with her company Kidd Pivot this fall, recently created her first piece for the Nederlands Dans Theater. Check out this YouTube video to see rehearsal footage as well as interviews with Crystal and NDT's artistic director, Anders Hellström.

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Audio Interview with Gisele Vienne about JERK Oct 22, 2008

Have a listen as Lane, our artistic director, talks with Gisele about JERK:
Click here to listen [mp3]

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard | <i>Orpheus and Eurydice</i> Oct 19, 2008

Welcome to our review blog for Orpheus and Eurydice. Read our patron reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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A former CMC dancer on Orpheus and Eurydice Oct 19, 2008

Marie Chouinard creates universes that unto themselves.   When I first saw the company perform many years ago, I was struck by the completeness of her vision, by the absolute other reality she created.   In the years when I worked with Marie as an  “interprete, ” I learned that that otherworldliness is not a façade.

When I first saw Marie’s Le Sacre du Printemps, I knew that I had been challenged.   Marie’s Sacre is a masterpiece and I never grew tired of performing this work.   It changed me as her work changes anyon

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Marie Chouinard's Orpheus & Eurydice Oct 17, 2008

Something of a sexual assault on the senses, Marie Chouinard’s Orpheus and Eurydice is a piece of primitive, gut wrenching emotion. There's a heavy emphasis on sexuality. Men and women are both naked from the waist up throughout apart from gold pasties covering their nipples, and men stalk about from time to time in platform shoes with six inch heels, evoking more from this clearly mythological performance. An explicit production with a substantial amount of on-stage copulation. And one with a single moment I'd like to isolate from the entire production.

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard | You can't make a lyre without killing trees Oct 17, 2008

Extraordinary performance by Compagnie Marie Chouinard doing Orpheus & Eurydice, starting from the story most people know about the poet charming his way down to the underworld to bring back his lost love and losing her when he looked back. And, what most people don't know about Eurydice and how she died, and what happened to Orpheus afterward. All this and much, much more! Revelry, lyric, adoration, insanity, terror, grief. Sexy, earthy, silly fun and some touching moments, too. Fabulous dancing, vocabulary of balletic theatrical martial artsy lyrical modern movement.

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Orpheus and Eurydice @ OtB Oct 17, 2008

What cosmic forces are drawing artists to Orpheus and Eurydice these days?

Are we all feeling pulled toward the underworld of late? Is it the economy?

Whatever the reason, we're getting a lot of O & E around here, which is fine by me. I recently saw Sarah Ruhl's take on the ancient Greek myth, "Eurydice," at ACT Theatre, which was modernized in a lovely way--gorgeously staged, funny and quite moving.

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Chouinard's Orpheus and Eurydice Oct 17, 2008

Companie Marie Chouinard's 'Orpheus and Eurydice' treats it's audience to an orgiastic feast for the senses. The company performs with such visceral intensity that their movements transform into sound, or perhaps they are trying so hard to speak that their voices pull their bodies into movement. I though of Martha Graham's work while watching the company, not only because of the bound movement quality and emotional initiation of the movements, but also because the myth was used as a symbolic anchor for the evening rather than as a narrative score.

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