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Compagnie Marie Chouinard

The Rite of Spring and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Florida Premieres

Marie Chouinard is a choreographer who cannot be mistaken for anyone else. Her Montreal-based company has received worldwide acclaim for its angular, startling and moving dance works. This weekend they make a triumphal return to Miami with two outstanding pieces that showcase Chouinard's unique and distinctive style. In The Rite of Spring, working with Stravinsky's music, Chouinard, through sensual, almost primal choreography, mines the intimate mysterious depths of each of her dancers. The totem-like costumes that echo the animal world in its violence and beauty add to the dance's vivid effect. A short solo work, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, preceeds The Rite of Spring.

Now a fixture on the world's major stages and at international festivals, Compagnie Marie Chouinard has its roots in Chouinard's solo work, which began back in 1978. Her over fifty productions, action-performances, vocal works, installations and films earned her a reputation for daring originality. She refined her lifelong interest in formal research and the human body, going on to form her own dance company in 1990. Through her choreography Chouinard has explored the "poetics of the body" in immediate, intelligible and ever-surprising ways.

This performance includes nudity.

"Marie Chouinard's Rite of Spring is, in short, a masterpiece."
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

More on Compagnie Marie Chouinard at the company's website and YouTube.

Season partners and supporters for our 29th season include: Allegany Franciscan Ministries; American Express; Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; Audrey Love Charitable Foundation; BankAtlantic Foundation; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Biscayne Times; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites at the Mantell Plaza, The Children's Trust; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of Brazil; Consulate General of Canada; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; Consulate General of France; Consulate General of the Netherlands; Dade Community Foundation; Dorsch Gallery; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Florida Dance Association; Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; Florida Literary Center; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Grolsch; Locust Projects; Meet The Composer MetLife Creative Connections;; With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation and MetLife Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network with major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation; Open Doors; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; Safe Schools South Florida; Shake-A-Leg Miami; The Sain-Orr Royak DeForest Steadman Foundation; Rain Vodka Organics; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; Southern Arts Federation; Vortex Communications; WDNA & WLRN FM and our many private supporters.

Friday & Saturday
March 13 & 14, 2009
8:30 pm


$50 VIP ticket, priority entrance and seating
$25 General Admission
$20 Students/Seniors w/ ID

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Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL


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