Compagnie Marie Chouinard

When: Sun., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Compagnie Marie Chouinard brought the Canadian choreographer's avant garde work to UNC in 2009 for a brain-circuit-shorting performance of her astonishing Orpheus et Eurydice, which Carolina Performing Arts co-commissioned. This week, CPA brings the company to perform the first of many dance versions of The Rite of Spring to be offered during its 2012–13 season. Chouinard's 1993 version is paired with her 1994 interpretation of Vaslav Nijinsky's Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun, set to the brief symphonic tone poem by Claude Debussy (itself inspired by an 1865 Stéphane Mallarmé poem), which precedes Stravinsky's Rite by about 20 years. Chouinard's dancers undoubtedly will load both dances with the electrifying energy of their intense animality, and their simultaneous awareness of it and its effect on the audience. Madly intelligent, imagistic, spatially imaginative and gorgeously erotic, Chouinard and her dancers will leave you thinking differently. —Kate Dobbs Ariail

Price: $29-69

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