A versatile artist, Marie-Josée Chartier navigates easily in the fields of dance, music, opera and multimedia, as a choreographer, performer, director, singer or teacher. Her work has been presented at prestigious festivals in Canada, Europe and Latin America and has also been the subject of documentary films. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (2001), nine nominations for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, fifty-one pieces of silver and, with the URGE collective, two Dora Awards for And by the way Miss. Since 2000, Marie-Josée has been a regular director with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, the Gryphon Trio, Tapestry Opera, Toca Loca, Arraymusic and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal.
In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded the company Chartier Danse to support her artistic activities. Her choreographic repertoire is marked by the influence of contemporary music, literature and visual arts in terms of concept, composition and dynamic structure. From there, more personal themes intersect to form works that seek to elucidate, expose or deconstruct the vulnerability of human beings.
Acclaimed and large-scale productions have emerged such as Stria, a solo show for Chartier on national tour (2013), small dances (2014), a festival of ten short works choreographed by Chartier and co-presented with Soulpepper in Toronto, Red Brick celebrating composer Michael J. Baker with Arraymusic, Contes pour enfants pas sages with PPS Danse, Screaming Popes with Potsdam factory in Germany, Bas-Reliefs with Danse-Cité.