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Preview: Compagnie Marie Chouinard/MCA Stage

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The MCA Stage invites back Montreal-based Compagnie Marie Chouinard to perform two pieces: Chouinard’s 1993 version of “Rite of Spring” and “Henri Michaux: Mouvements,” a piece structured around a book of drawings and poetry by the French artist. Chouinard’s “Rite” transforms dancers into beasts of the air and land, bursting from their nests, spreading their talons, locking their horns and writhing in heat. Stravinsky’s fever dream is in good hands here: Chouinard is at home in id and eros, not shying away from the elemental frenzy and lust that sent audiences into a riot 100 years ago. “Mouvements” treats text as movement score; Michaux’s abstract ink drawings are projected behind dancers dressed neck-to-toe in black on a white dance floor. Dancers mimic the shape and energy of the brushstrokes in a visual conversation that is at times tortured, at times graceful and often humorous. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Edlis Neeson Theater in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago, Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23 at 7:30pm. $35.

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