MARGIE 

GILLIS
DANCE
FOUNDATION

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« 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

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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
LITERATURE OF THE BODY

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LITERATURE OF THE BODY- 2022

MODERN-CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY: Margie Gillis in collaboration with the performers
DANCERS: Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Caitlin Griffin,

Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas,

Sarah Murphy, Susan Paulson
TEXTS: Ulysses by James Joyce, recited by Siobhan McKenna
MUSIC: Azam Ali, Loga R. Torkian
LIGHT DESIGN: Pierre Lavoie

DURATION 60 minutes
CREW 8 to 10 dancers +1 choreographer + 1 technician  
+ 1 administrator
SET-UP 15 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS Width13m / Depth 9m / Height 6.1-7.3m
AUDIENCE SIZE Small, medium and large venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks 
- Workshops with Margie Gillis and other Legacy Project dancers 
- Conference: Conversations with Margie Gillis

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Sensual and evocative movement that guides us into embracing our humanity. Under Margie Gillis’ artistic direction, the Legacy Project dancers reunite to bring you a poetic and somatic, impactful program.

 

Through 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. The fi rst faces the hard truth that 1/3 of the world’s population are refugees and that number is expected to explode with Climate change. 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.


Notions of vulnerability, forced social change, loss and disruption, and the joy and sensuality of life, all feature in this assemblage of works.

“Inner visions embodied by sensuous physicality, revealed with searing honesty and poetic passion."

PULL OF THE SEASONS
PULL OF THE SEASONS

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THE PULL OF THE SEASONS - 2022

MODERN-CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY: Margie Gillis in collaboration with the performers
DANCERS: Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle,

Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Hoor Malas, Susan Paulson,
Alisia Pobega
MUSIC: Rhiannon

LIGHT DESIGN: Pierre Lavoie

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DURATION 60 minutes
CREW 10 dancers + 1 choreographer + 1 technician + 1 administrator
SET-UP 15 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS Width 13m / Depth 9m / Height 6.1-7.3m
AUDIENCE SIZE Small to large venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks 
- Workshops with Margie Gillis and other Legacy Project dancers



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In this playful and boisterous new work, Margie Gillis celebrates Nature. A call from the heart to her home province of Quebec, where each season unfolds fiercely, each one more vibrant than the next and shaping who we are. Add into the mix, a long and fruitful collaboration with renowned improvisational singer Rhiannon. Working between their homes in Montreal and Hawaii, Margie also drew her inspiration from ‘Big Island’. Here Nature is personified and honored. Pele, the Goddess of volcanoes, dance, and fire, and creator of the Islands, is the symbol of life. And so, this joyful, angry, fragile, formidable, loud, and precious piece was born.

 

Nature is embodied by 10 dancers and an improvisational singer; all flying and flowing through the stage to offer us both a delicate and rambunctious, dazzling landscape.


An ode to life and to Nature in all its dimensions, where wit and audacity come together in a poignant performance. 

 

 

“We are all Nature.”

- Margie Gillis

HISTOIRES DISOLEMENT
HISTOIRES DISOLEMENT

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HISTOIRES D'ISOLEMENT - 2021

MODERN-CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY: Margie Gillis in collaboration with the performers
DANCERS: Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle,
Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Hoor Malas, Susan Paulson,

Alisia Pobega
MUSIC: Sebastian Zawadzki, Marie Uguay, Eugene Friesen
LIGHT DESIGN: Pierre Lavoie

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DURATION 60 minutes
CREW 7 dancers + 1 choreographer + 1 technician + 1 administrator
SET-UP 15 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS Width 13m / Depth 9m / Height 6.1-7.3m
AUDIENCE SIZE Small to large venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks 
- Workshops with Margie Gillis and other Legacy Project dancers



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Created during Covid with the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation Legacy Project dancers. These solos and duets spring from the challenges, joys, and foibles of the uncertain world of the pandemic. 

 

The dancer’s lives were the starting point for each of the works. Subjects explored were: isolation, overwhelming responsibility, the desire to help others, searching for deeper strength, being in suspended time, exploding with frustrations, the insistent passion of spring and new growth, finding the gentle heart, yielding and vulnerability.


The need to dance was essential to us. The moments fl owed out of us with urgency. Margie codifi ed them into ‘crystals’ or ‘poems’, that reveal
the essence of our individual and collective lives during the pandemic. The need to know and reveal this ‘New world’ through experiential wisdom was achingly deep.

“Breathtaking - Wild - Compassionate - Masterwork”

WHERE TO SEE MARGIE GILLIS 
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September 15, 2022  –  The Pull of the Seasons, Festival Quartiers Danses, Montréal, Qc

September 21, 2022  - Literature of the Body, Le Carré 150, Victoriaville, Qc