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Choreographer, Director, Dancer

Marie-Josée Chartier

Last updated: June 21, 2021

A versatile artist, whose talents transcend the boundaries of dance, music, opera and multi-media, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between her roles as choreographer, performer, director, vocalist and teacher. Her choreography is influenced by contemporary music, literature and the visual arts as she explores and deconstructs the vulnerabilities of human beings. 

Her acclaimed pieces have been presented at major festivals and by dance companies across Canada, Europe and Latin America. Since 2003, Chartier directs/stages opera and multi-media productions for: Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Tapestry Opera, Arraymusic, Theaturtle and l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+). 

Chartier received the following awards: Jacqueline Lemieux Prize (2015); K.M. Hunter Artist Award (2001), 9 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations; recipient of 2 Doras for choreography. She formed Chartier Danse in 2003 to support her projects and create a cornerstone for large scale productions and partnerships in Canada and abroad. 

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