Often, when performances are “based on” something, the inspiration is real but the interpretation is unrecognizable. However, the upcoming concert from the Montreal dance company Compagnie Marie Chouinard will feature a truly novel way of reimagining an original work. As one of the last of Tigertail Productions offerings this season, the piece Henri Michaux: Mouvements is both avant-garde and accessible. It is based on a 1951 French that combined poetry and 64 pages of India ink drawings — black-and-white images that were, according to the choreographer Chouinard, a “feast of bursting lines, spots, and kaleidoscopic arms” that she then translated to a dance for the stage.
True to the source material, the stage is white, the dancers are all dressed in black, and they morph into silhouettes — they are animated drawings, dancers, and moving artworks all at once. Not surprisingly, Chouinard, who established her company in 1990 and has won numerous awards, has a background in set, costume, and lighting design, which is reflected in her complete and stunning creations.
Fri., April 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 8 p.m., 2013