Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

Marie-Nathalie began her career as a baroque dancer in the 93-94 season of les idées heureuses directed by harpsichordist Geneviève Soly. In 2007, she founded her dance company, Les Jardins Chorégraphiques, in Montreal. She has directed and choreographed over thirty baroque and contemporary operas in Canada and on international stages. Associate director of the Toronto Masque theater for 15 years, she has choreographed all of Henry Purcell’s stage works. She directed several world premieres, including the opera Nicandro e Fileno by Paolo Lorenzani, Lully’s Ballet de l’Impatience, Juliet Palmer’s The man Who Married Himself and James Rolf’s Europa. She regularly collaborates with conductor Luc Beauséjour in his season of Clavecin en Concert. Their production of  Blow’s Venus and Adonis was awarded the Opus Prize for Concert of the Year, in 2019. She is one of the privileged partners of the Atelier d’Opéra of the University of Montreal as well as of the Atelier Lyrique of the Montreal Opera company where she worked with filmmaker Denys Arcand for the presentation of André Grétry’s Zémir et Azor. Marie-Nathalie was invited by director Gilbert Blin at the Nice Opera and subsequently collaborated in several of his operas productions at the Boston Early Music festival (USA). She has performed at several international festivals; Lanvelec and Saint-Riquier (France), Musicale Estense (Italy), FestiVita (Belgium), Festival of Ideas (Edmonton), Harpsichord in concert (Corsica), New Zealand Chamber Music Festival and Early Music Vancouver ( Canada).