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Chouinard returns tonight, at the Cohn

Sensual, statuesque contemporary dance from one of Canada's top choreographers.



If you want to see a big gun perform, Marie Chouinard is like the Wayne Gretzky of the Canadian contemporary dance scene. The award-winning choreographer's company returns tonight, in what's almost become an annual visit, with two pieces: 24 Preludes by Chopin and The Rite of Spring. It's worth a trip through the rain in your duck boots, over to the Cohn.

Both are older works that use existing pieces of music as starting points (Chouinard generally commissions new music, inspired by movement). If you saw the film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, you know how obscene audiences thought Vaslav Nijinsky's ballet, performed to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, was back in 1913. God only knows what they would have thought about Chouinard's abstract, non-narrative piece, and its sensual, statuesque nudity.

When I spoke to Chouinard, way back in 2005, the then-50-year-old choreographer responded to questions about how she keeps relevant after almost 30 years on and off the stage: “I’m very interested in things that will bring my own curiousity alive, for my own sense of adventure, pleasure and excitement,” she said on the phone from her home in Montreal. “I’m interested in what’s challenging my mind or in finding myself in the discovery stage. That’s why things are not ordinary or banal, I guess.”

Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $17-$35, 494-3820.

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