Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

Margie Gillis

Choreographer and dancer

Extract from the work Histoires d’isolement Program 1 and 2.

Length : 35 minutes.

Share the evening with Pauline Gervais.

Indoor program
Tuesday September 14th 8pm
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

Histoires d'isolement
Program 1

quatuor

This new selection of solos was created during the pandemic, in collaboration with the dancers of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation’s Legacy Project. Histoires d’isolement is a product of the joys and frailties experienced during the lockdown. Although the performers were fortunate enough to have homes, friends and support networks, they deeply yearned to dance. Their struggles and experiences served as the starting point for each of the pieces. The themes that emerged were isolation, overwhelming responsibility and the desire to help others, the search for deeper inner strength, suspended time, explosive frustration, the excitement of spring and new growth, the search for gentleness of the heart, abandonment and vulnerability.

Extract from the work Histoires d’isolement Program 1 and 2.

Length : 35 minutes.

Share the evening with Pauline Gervais.

Indoor program
Thursday, September 16th 8pm
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

Histoires d'isolement
Program 2

sextet

This new selection of solos was created during the pandemic, in collaboration with the dancers of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation’s Legacy Project. Histoires d’isolement is a product of the joys and frailties experienced during the lockdown. Although the performers were fortunate enough to have homes, friends and support networks, they deeply yearned to dance. Their struggles and experiences served as the starting point for each of the pieces. The themes that emerged were isolation, overwhelming responsibility and the desire to help others, the search for deeper inner strength, suspended time, explosive frustration, the excitement of spring and new growth, the search for gentleness of the heart, abandonment and vulnerability.

Biography

Internationally renowned artist Margie Gillis has been at the forefront of modern dance for over 45 years and is one of the most influential Canadian choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She founded the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation in 1981. Her repertoire includes over 150 solo, duet and group pieces. She has received numerous awards for her unwavering efforts to develop her art through experimentation, teaching, creation, innovation and performance.

Artistic vision

    The creative process begins when I draw on the dancers’ experiences and strengths as artists. We open up our inner worlds in order to share, celebrate and understand our humanity through dance. This creation, which was developed between 2020 and 2021, stems from one-on-one work with each performer.

Photo credits portrait: Desdemona Burgin

Photo credits performance: Robert Tinker