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About the company:
In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded Chartier Danse in order to support her creative activities. She believes in bringing contemporary artists of diverse disciplines from the beginning of the creation to allow the development of layered, meticulous and integrated work and foster a level of communication that is central in accomplishing a strong artistic vision. Acclaimed large-scale productions with extraordinary artists came to life such as Red Brick, celebrating composer Michael J. Baker in collaboration with Arraymusic, Contes pour enfants pas sages with PPS Danse, Screaming Popes inspired from painter Francis Bacon co-produced with fabrik Potsdam, and Bas-Reliefs, inspired from the paintings of Betty Goodwin with Danse-Cité uniting choreographers, designers and filmmakers from Montréal and Toronto.
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About the choreographer:
A multi-faceted artist and award-winning creator and performer, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multimedia in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist or teacher. Her choreographic repertoire is greatly influenced by contemporary visual art, music and literature in terms of concept, composition and dynamic structure. From there, personal themes weave themselves to create works that try to decipher, expose or deconstruct the vulnerability of human beings. Over a distinguished career, she has created over 35 works that have been performed by dance companies and soloists and presented in prestigious dance series and festivals in Canada, Europe and Latin America. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, notably numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards as well as the K.M. Hunter Award for Dance.
The performance on Saturday, October 15 features an artist talk-back!
October 1415, 2011Dance
Stria: a linear mark or slight groove on a surface (rock or skin) often one of a number of similar parallel features distinguished from the surrounding area by colour, texture, or elevation.
STRIA is the latest solo work by the multi-faceted, award-winning choreographer and performer Marie-Josée Chartier. Emerging from the beautiful and unpredictable terrain of the Badlands, Chartier invites the audience on a unique and virtuosic physical and theatrical expedition. A dark, playful and unconventional self-portrait.
The Toronto premiere of STRIA is produced by Chartier Danse and presented in association with the DanceWorks CoWorks Series.
“Chartier is everything you want from a mature dancer. She performs with complete authority and has nothing to hide.” − The Globe and Mail