Director, choreographer and dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière is the recipient of grants from La Fondation Royaumont (France), the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada council for the Arts. She is the co-artistic director of Les Jardins Chorégraphiques and Le Nouvel Opéra in Montréal. She is the stage director and choreographer with the opera productions of Clavecin en Concert directed by Luc Beauséjour. They recently received an Opus Price in the catégorie best concert of the year for their opéra production of Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She specialized in mask work and was invited at the opera of Nice and at the Boston Early Music Festival to play Harlequin wich she will be choreographing their next festival opera production of Steffani’s Orlando furioso next june.
Marie-Nathalie worked in Canada, United States and Europe for over 25 years, including the Festival de St-Riquier (France), Musicale Estense (Italy), FestiVita ( Belgium), Music Alberta, Festival of Ideas (Edmonton); Clavecin en concert (Corsica), the New Zealand Chamber Music Festival, Early music Vancouver. Amoung’s her creations : Lully’s le Ballet de l’Impatience, Les Indes Galantes ou les automates de Topkapi, Rossini et ses Muses, le Grand dîner and Gretry’s Zemir et Azor for the Opera of Montreal.
For the Toronto Masque Theater, Marie-Nathalie has choreographed or directed all of Purcell’s stage works many new operas amoung which ; Juliet Palmer’s The men who maried himself, James Rolfe’s Europa and many others : Nicandro e Fileno ( Lorenzani) a world premier, Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti), Offenbach’s Hoffmann’s Tale, Carmen (Bizet), La descente d’Orphée (Charpentier), Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Strauss’s Zigeuner Baron and Fledermauss and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno d’Ullisse in Patria.