Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

Director, choreographer and dancer

Director, choreographer and dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière was 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 as well as the stage director for the opera productions of Clavecin en Concert directed by Luc Beauséjour. They recently received an Opus Price for her staging and choregraphies in Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She has collaborated with l’Atelier lyrique de l’opéra de Montreal in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Rossini et ses Muses: le Grand Dîner and choregraphed Gretry’s Zemir et Azor, directed by Denis Arcan.

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière has worked in Canada, in the United States and in Europe, most notably with the Montreal baroque Festival, the Festival Saint-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. Her creations include Lully’s le Ballet de l’Impatience, Les Indes Galantes ou Les automates de Topkapi et La Veuve Rebel.  She was invited at the Opéra de Nice and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival in Lully’s Psyché, Campra’s Carnaval de Venise and Steffani’s Orlando furioso.

As associated director for the Toronto Masque theater, Marie-Nathalie has choreographed or directed all of Purcell’s stage works in addition to many new operas including Juliet Palmer’s The man who married himself, James Rolfe’s Europa and many others, such as Lorenzani’s Nicandro e Fileno (world premiere), Offenbach’s Hoffmann’s Tale, Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée, Actéon and les Plaisirs de Versailles, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno d’Ullisse in Patria.