An Unforgettable Experience

2010s Artists Directors Performance

Marie Chouinard creates a deeply personal performance at the MCA.

Then the other moment that I'll never forget is—I attended one of our live arts programs in the galleries with the incredible dancer Marie Chouinard. She was dancing by herself on what looked like a very large gym floor, and we were sitting around the edges of this gym floor. And the exercise was that we would voluntarily approach her, one by one, and we would whisper into her ear something that we would want, that we desired. And I went up to her and I whispered something in her ear that I really wanted. It was very deeply, deeply personal. And she looked at me and smiled and then she danced in response to this wish. I have never seen anything like this. I've never experienced anything like this, but she really completely embodied a kind of answer, a kind of forgiveness in this dance. And that for me was an art experience I'll never forget. And it happened right here in the MCA.

Marie Chouinard, IN MUSEUM; Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré

Marie Chouinard, IN MUSEUM; Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré

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