Marie Chouinard

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Marie Chouinard (born May 14, 1955 in Quebec ) is a Canadian dancer, choreographer and since 1990 director of her own dance company in Montreal .

Life and accomplishments

She gained an early reputation with dance scenes such as Cristallisation (1978), when she dropped raw eggs, or Danse pour un homme habillé de noir et qui porte un revolver - dance for a black-clad man who carries a revolver (1979). The Art Gallery of Ontario issued its ban on performing a micturition in Petite danse sans nom . Also scandalous were Danseuse-performeuse cherche amoureux or amoureuse pour la nuit du 1er juin (1981), where she auctioned herself, and Marie Chien Noir (1982), who showed masturbation.

After a successful solo dancer career, she founded the Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Montreal in 1990 . Her interpretations of Stravinski's Le sacre du printemps and Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune were remarkable . The eleven-strong company toured places such as New York, Ottawa, Taipei, Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna. Ensemble member Carol Prieur was voted Dancer of the Year in 2010.


In addition to a number of other awards, Marie Chouinard received the Ordre du Canada , the country's highest honor for civilians.


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