« My approach to dance is based on listening to the connection between spirit and body that transmits the information as to how, and with what quality to move. »
– Margie Gillis
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“One doesn’t come across the flamelike intensity of a dancer like Margie Gillis too often. A celebration of the life of the senses.”
- Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
Margie Gillis is an Honorary Cultural Ambassador for both the Quebec and Canadian governments. In 1988, she was the first modern dance artist to be awarded the Order of Canada. In 2001, she received a Career Grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her exceptional contribution to Quebec culture. In the fall of 2008, Margie Gillis was chosen by the Stella Adler School of Acting (New York) to receive their first MAD Spirit Award for her involvement in excellence in Arts and social cause, and she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts by a jury of her peers at the Canada Council for the Arts. In June of 2009, Margie Gillis was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. In May 2011, she received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation. In July 2013, she was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Margie Gillis is one of the most influential Canadian choreographers/dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been creating original works for over forty-five years, and her repertoire now includes more than one hundred fifty pieces; solos, duets and group pieces. Over the years, Margie Gillis has won over loyal audiences with her masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul. Relentlessly, she continues to develop her work through experimenting, teaching and creating.
In 2023, Margie Gillis will be celebrating her 50th career anniversary; 50 years of creation, love, and dance
LITERATURE OF THE BODY-2022
CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCERS Margie Gillis, with the collaboration of Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle, Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Naomi Levin, Lucy M. May, Annmaria Mazzini, Susan Paulson, Alisia Pobega
Light Design & Technical Director | Pierre Lavoie
Technical Director Assistant |Oyku Onder
Text | Ulysse by James Joyce, read by Siobhan McKenna
Music | Lamentation of Swans by Azam Ali and Loga R.
DURATION : 60 minute, no intermission
CREW : 8-10 dancers +1 choreographer + 1 technician + 1 administrator
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 43' / Depth 30' / Height 20'-24'
(13m x 9m x 6.1-7.3m )
SET-UP : 12 hours
AUDIENCE SIZE : Small to Large size venues
- Post-performance talks, workshops with Margie Gillis and other Legacy Project dancers (''Dancing from the Inside out'' workshop, Master Classes, general public workshop and conflict resolution workshop).
- Conference/interview : Conversations with Margie Gillis
Sensual and evocative movement that guides us into embracing our humanity. Under Margie Gillis’ artistic direction, the Legacy Project dancers reunite to bring you Literature of the Body, a poetic and somatic, impactful program. Through these two group works, the audience is treated to the inner workings of our soul’s journey, while shining a spotlight on the poetry that resides in the art of dance.
Notions of vulnerability, forced social change, loss and disruption, and the joy and sensuality of life, all feature in this assemblage of works. Coming from a ceaseless well of inspiration, Literature of the Body is a must-see, a gift from the world of dance.
Two stories are told. The first faces the hard truth that 1/3 of the world’s population are refugees and with Climate change that number is expected to explode. Who are we in this statelessness? Who are we homeless and unmoored? The second is from the world of James Joyce, who wrote the inner workings of a woman: Molly Bloom. Her world, her community, and her husband all start off in traditional gender, but what follows is a river run of gender mixing. Wild and wonderful this towns woman and her connection to nature win the day in a cacophony of coming to YES.
''Exploring the universality of emotion and compassion, Literature of the Body is an ode to the poetry that
resides in dance.''
- Margie Gillis
Photographer : Whitney Browne
Photographer : Whitney Browne
Photographer : Whitney Browne
CONVERSATIONS WITH MARGIE GILLIS - CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DANCE
CULTURAL MEDIATION AND OUTREACH / CONFERENCE
DURATION : 60 minutes
We recommend holding this event 2 hours prior to the beginning of the Literature of the Body live show, or the following day.
CREW : Margie Gillis + a moderator (with the possibility of inviting additional Legacy Project dancers)
SPACE REQUIRED AND TECH REQUIREMENTS : Wherever we can hold an interview/conference in front of an audience (black box, principal stage, venue foyer). Should include a video projector and a screen, and be accessible for at least 2 hours total. Venue will provide microphones, seats and a table for the moderator, as well as a connection to the video projector for a laptop.
VIEW PRESENTATION DOCUMENT
This event focuses on renewing ties between Margie Gillis and her loyal public.
For the 2022-23 & 2023-24 seasons, following the performance of Literature of the Body, audience members will be invited to engage in a rich, in depth discussion with the Artist.
50 years of career amounts to 100 cities visited across Canada and the U.S: communities which Margie Gillis has deeply touched and left an ineffaceable mark.
To reunite Margie with her fans and followers, and to provide a new generation of dance-lovers the opportunity to exchange with a true dance legend.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
• A live discussion with Margie Gillis & moderator, which will focus on her history and artistic process, as well as painting a broad portrait of the company's activities, past & future.
• Clips of exclusive archival footage.
• Q&A from the audience.