From March 21, 2013 – March 23, 2013
The program by Montreal-based choreographer Marie Chouinard combines her newest work with her landmark interpretation of The Rite of Spring. Henri Michaux: Mouvements is a new work inspired by the French artist Michaux’s book of poetry and drawings.
Chouinard’s interpretation of The Rite of Spring is one of the resounding triumphs of contemporary dance, disarmingly unballetic and dauntingly new two decades after its world-acclaimed premiere. Performed on the 100th anniversary of the original work composed by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes production in 1913 Paris was a landmark of early modernism. The dance so outraged the audience, the shouting and booing of the crowd famously drowned out the orchestra and Nijinsky had to shout out the count to his dancers from backstage.