Sketchy Moves

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

 
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