MARGIE 

GILLIS
DANCE
FOUNDATION

« 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

© Michael Slobodian

 

«Margie Gillis has fashioned an international career as a unique performer of sensuous physicality and an individual but poetic passion»

– Clive Barnes, New York Post

©Laurent_Paillier

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 Studio of New York to receive their first MAD Spirit Award for her involvement in various social causes, 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.

Internationally acclaimed modern dancer/choreographer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years. Her repertoire now includes more than one hundred pieces, which she performs as 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.

EVOLUTIONS-2017

MODERN AND

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER  Margie Gillis

MUSIC J.S. Bach, Marianne Faithfull, Eugene Friesen, G.F. Händel, Travis Laplante & Erich Kory

LIGHT DESIGNER Pierre Lavoie

COSTUMES Denis Gagnon, Marie-Claude Jalbert, Anni Khun
& Marie Saint-Pierre

DANCERS FOR THE PREMIERE Adam Barruch, Élise Boileau, Marc Daigle, Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Naomi Levin, Lucy M. May, Troy Ogilvie, Susan Paulson & Neil Sochasky

DURATION : 75 minutes

CREW : 8 to 10 dancers, 1 technician, 1 administrator

SET-UP : One day prior to the show

STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 43' / Depth 30' / Height 20'-24' under the projectors (13m x 9m x 6.1-7.3m )

-Resilient wooden floors (sprung floor)

-Black dance floor covering of min. 40' x 30' (12.2m x 9.15m)
OUTREACH : 
-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).

-Lectures, demonstrations and conferences

Evolutions is a transcendental and transformative adventure for audiences, with the fluidity and distinctiveness associated with Margie Gillis. In each show, Margie will be accompanied by Legacy Project dancers. Audiences will be offered an entirely singular experience, depending on the composition of the group performing. Spectators will be transported through a selection of works from Margie’s prolific repertoire, both in solos and group dances, interpreted acknowledging the individuality of each dancer’s experience.

THE LEGACY PROJECT

2018 marked Margie Gillis’ 45th year as a creative force, during which she brought to life an astounding 100 original works. The dance community had called on this international icon to share her philosophy, works, performance techniques and pedagogy. In response, Margie created The Legacy Project. The goal : to allow future generations, decades from now, to experience her masterful art, speaking to our humanity and collective soul.

Over fifty international participants are involved in the Legacy Project. Margie has chosen to work with high-calibre professional dancers because of their understanding and commitment to her legacy. These participants include dancers from companies such as José Navas/Compagnie Flak (Montreal), Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Anatomiae Occultii (New York), Ballet BC (Vancouver), Dance-makers Dance Company (Toronto) and KUNST-STOFF Productions (San Francisco/Europe).

«The Legacy Project is magnificent, by its values as much as by its gesture.»

– Catherine Lalonde, Le Devoir

VIRIDITAS-2018

MODERN AND

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCERS  Margie Gillis, accompanied by Troy Ogilvie & Paola Styron

ARTISTIC ADVISOR  Holly Bright & Steven Cook

PROJECTION DESIGN  Anne Troake

MUSIC  Noirin Ni Riain – Glenstal Abbey, Sounding in A
by Chloë Goodchild, Gaétan Leboeuf, Tanya Tagaq & Library Tapes

LIGHT DESIGN  Pierre Lavoie

SOUND AND VIDEO BOARD  Samuel Thériault

COSTUMES  Sonya Bayer, Reid & Harriet

The meaning of the word Viriditas describes nature’s divine healing power, transferred from plants to humans – the greening of the soul.

Finding the right balance between inner insanity and experiential wisdom can be a challenge for each of us. It is here that Margie Gillis, accompanied by Troy Ogilvie and Paola Styron, explores our interconnectedness with nature, and the need for flourishing feminism consciousness in our world today.

 

«Viriditas is without a doubt an ode to grandiose nature and confirms the importance of Margie Gillis in the contemporary dance  landscape»

– Sara Thibault, MonThéâtre

DURATION : 60 minutes

CREW :  3 dancers,  1 technician,  1 administrator

SET-UP : One day prior to the show

STAGE DIMENSION : 
Width 32' / Depth 28’ / Height 20’-24’ under the projectors (9.8m x 8.5m x 6.1-7.3m under the projectors)
- Wooden floor “sprung”. No concrete floor

-Black dance floor covering of min. 32' x 30' (10m x 9m)
-And grey dance floor of 26' x 28' (8m x 8.5m)

OUTREACH : 
-Post-performance talks, workshops with Margie Gillis and other dancers (''Dancing from the Inside out'' workshop, Master classes, general public workshop and conflict resolution workshop)

-Lectures, demonstrations and conferences

WHERE TO SEE MARGIE GILLIS 
DANCE FOUNDATION
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EVOLUTIONS

CANADA 2019-2020

October 12th - The Port Theater, Crimson Coast, Nanaimo BC
www.porttheatre.com/events/evolutions

October 16th-17th  - The Shabolt Center for the Arts, Burnaby BC

October 19th - Kay Meek Arts Center, West Vancouver, BC

www.kaymeek.com/events/margie-gillis-evolutions

April 9th - Culture 3 Rivières, Trois-Rivières QC
www.cultur3r.com/evenements/margie-gillis-projet-heritage-evolutions

April 14th - Le Carré 150 - Espace culturel de Victoriaville, Victoriaville QC
www.lecarre150.com

UNITED STATES 2019

October 25th - Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Lycée Français de Los Angeles, CA USA
www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/upcoming-events-1/2019/10/25/evolution-by-margie-gillis

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VIRIDIDAS

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