Her movement vocabulary draws together physical energy, absurd humor, pop culture, and audience involvement, in a juxtaposition of the senses that is as surprising as it is joyful. Dance company maribé – sors de ce corps is a member of Circuit-Est Choreographic Center and is administrated by Diagramme Gestion culturelle. It is a member-company of Art Circulation since 2013.
Marie Béland is a dance artist based in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM), where she received the William Douglas Award of Excellence as a student in dance creation. She then founded her company, maribé – sors de ce corps and created maribé – live in Montréal (2005) during a summer residency at Studio 303, and then Twis-manivelle (2005), a work for youth audiences declared one of the top 5 dance performances of the year by ICI magazine. Her next work, Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser (2008), won the ARRIMAGES award during its tour of the Maisons de la Culture (a system of neighbourhood theatres) in Montreal. In 2010, Marie leaves for a two month residency at the Berlin’s TanzWerkstatt, and also presents two new pieces in Montreal : RAYON X : a true decoy story, copresented by Tangente and the Festival Les Coups de Théâtre, and BEHIND : une danse dont vous êtes le héros, which is performed again at the Festival TransAmériques in 2011 and at the Festival ArtDanThé (FR) in 2012. Those are followed by Vie et mort de l’élégance (2012), winner of the silver medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie 2013 (FR), Révélations (2012), presented at the GREC Festival (ES), and BLEU – VERT – ROUGE (2013), presented at L’Agora de la danse.
Parallel to her work on stage, Marie Béland is interested in site-specific performance, multidisciplinary work and teaching. She is a founding member of La 2e Porte à Gauche, an organization that creates and produces contemporary dance events which aim to question different relationships between artists and their audiences.
Artistic Director : Marie Béland
Website : www.maribe.ca
maribé – sors de ce corps is supported by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.