The 08/09 alums just won a Gemini Award (Canadian television awards) for "Best Performance in a Performing arts program or series." Their filmed version of bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS was broadcast through various networks, including Bravo, about a year ago. Check out a clip from the show.
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 faÃ§ade.
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
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.
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.
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.