Marie Chouinard

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Marie Chouinard, OC (born 14 May 1955) is a Canadian dancer, choreographer, and dance company director.

Order of Canada order

The Order of Canada is a Canadian national order and the second highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada. It comes second only to membership in the Order of Merit, which is the personal gift of Canada's monarch.


Company background

In 1978 Chouinard presented her first work, Crystallization. After 12 years as a solo performer and choreographer, Chouinard founded her own company in 1990, the Compagnie Marie Chouinard.

Chouinard has lived in many places including: New York, Berlin, Bali and Nepal. She has created more than 50 solo and group works. Chouinard's works since 1978 reflect her view of dance as a sacred art, her respect for the body as a vehicle of that art, her virtuoso approach to performance and the invention of a different universe for each new piece. In 1988, Marie Chouinard along with Wim Vandekeybus and Mark Tompkins, for the first time introduced the ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival. Chouinard is still closely connected with ImPulsTanz, which meanwhile has grown to Europe’s biggest contemporary festival.

Wim Vandekeybus Belgian choreographer and director

Wim Vandekeybus is a Belgian choreographer, director and photographer. His company Ultima Vez is located in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Brussels).

Mark N Tompkins, born in 1954, is an American-born French artist, dancer and choreographer of contemporary dance.

ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival

ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival is a major contemporary dance festival held in Vienna, Austria each year. It gathers thousands of professional dancers, choreographers and teachers for a five-week program of performance, research projects and workshops. It was started by Karl Regensburger and choreographer Ismael Ivo in 1984 as the "Internationale Tanzwochen Wien" with dance teachers including Joe Alegado, Germaine Acogny and Walter Raines.

Performances and solo works

Choreography works

Works of Marie Chouinard in repertory of other companies


Multiscreen film



Monographs 2008 : Chantier des extases (poetry), les Éditions du passage (Montréal)

2010 : cOMPAGNIE_mARIE_cHOUINARD_cOMPAGNY, Les Éditions du passage (Montréal)

2010 : morning glories :)-(:, Editions COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD

Awards and distinctions

SACD, founded as Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques on 7 March 1829, is a French collecting society, undertaking collective rights management for authors. The Society manages, promotes and protects the performance rights of theatrical, audivisual or photographic works for their creators by collecting royalties and authorising performances. It's also one of the main lobbies against "droit d'auteur" (copyright) changes and to protect the activities of collective rights management societies.

The National Order of Quebec, termed officially in French as l'Ordre national du Québec, and in English abbreviation as the Order of Quebec, is a civilian honour for merit in the Canadian province of Quebec. Instituted in 1984 when Lieutenant Governor Jean-Pierre Côté granted Royal Assent to the Loi sur l'Ordre national du Québec, the order is administered by the Governor-in-Council and is intended to honour current or former Quebec residents for conspicuous achievements in any field, being thus described as the highest honour in Quebec.

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