• Tue 9th April
  • Start: 8:00 PM
  • End: 9:30 PM

On April 9th, 10th and 11th, 2013, Marie-Josée Chartier and her team will bring the acclaimed one-woman show Stria to Montreal audiences at the Studio Theatre of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. This only Quebec date is part of a national tour which also includes Kitchener, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Ottawa.

The beautiful and unpredictable terrain of the Badlands merges with vivid personal memories in Stria, a stunning solo work by the award-winning choreographer and performer Marie-Josée Chartier. Deploying a virtuosic blend of movement, music, text and voice, Chartier travels through a mosaic of evocative images and layers of experience, and touches on themes of nature, love and loss. By turns dark, playful and humorous, Stria features a luminous central performance by one of Canada‟s most respected dance artists, with a rich theatrical landscape created through exquisite design and sound.

„Stria‟ refers to a linear mark or groove on a surface, particularly on rock or skin. Chartier‟s own visits to the Alberta Badlands prompted her to explore her own personal history and the „stria‟ that lie within our own bodies. “The first trigger was to make a personal piece about my own history as an artist. It was in the process that the Badlands began to infiltrate and provide a container for the work. They gave me a way to build a landscape, about how I view the „stria‟ of my own body and from there create a parallel connection to emotional landmarks and nature”, says the Toronto-based creator and performer, Marie-Josée Chartier.

Chartier surrounds herself with an incredible team of collaborators known to Canadian audiences for their contributions to the worlds of dance, theatre and opera and all recipients of numerous awards. Director and dramaturge Ruth Madoc-Jones, set designer Trevor Schwellnus, sound designer Thomas Ryder Payne, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, puppet artist Mathieu René, and costume designer Martha Cockshutt.

This full evening work premiered on April 28th, 2011 at the Market Hall Theatre in Peterborough with subsequent performances in Toronto at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront. Stria was enthusiastically received by the press and the audience described as virtuosic in every way, shape-shifting, unpredictable, moving.
“…Stria, a Chartier work made by a dancesmith who probes deeply… a craftstman with radiating artistic integrity…” Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM.

April 9th, 10th at 8 p.m.
April 11th at 1 p.m.
TICKETS: $25. reg. $20. stu/sen/union