Fondation de danse Margie Gillis - Literature of the Body

  • Montreal
  • Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

    Literature of the Body

    Margie Gillis
Length – 75 min including intermission Venue – Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
9 February 2024 - 20 h 00
10 February 2024 - 20 h 00

Dance legend Margie Gillis marks 50 years of creative achievement by imparting her universe to 16 dancers in Literature of the Body. Vulnerability and upheaval, but also joie de vivre and sensuality inhabit this moving dance mosaic.

An inimitable soloist, a committed humanist and an outstanding ambassador for Canadian dance on the world stage, Margie Gillis is entering a new phase in 2023. Over the past few years, in order to ensure the continuity of her art, she has gradually opened her rich repertoire to share it with other dance artists. Literature of the Body is a double program that investigates the intricacies of the soul and reveals the poetry that lies at the heart of dance. The first part examines the harsh reality of climate refugees, while the second part explores the world of the fierce and marvellous Molly Bloom, a character from James Joyce’s Ulysses. A fascinating journey into femininity.


Tickets start at $48.00

Post-performance talk with the artists

    Friday February 9, 2024

  • Margie Gillis

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    Margie Gillis

    Internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Margie Gillis’ art has spanned over nearly five decades, shattering norms and inspiring audiences along the way. In 2023, the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation will be celebrating 50 years of creation and dance, with a repertoire of more than one hundred works.  

    In 2015, she launched the Legacy Project, an initiative dedicated to transmitting Margie’s concepts of creation,...

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  • Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

    At the time of its creation in 1981, the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation was inspired by these words and strived to manifest in dance a vision of the human condition. Margie portrays our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. She celebrates our hopes and the power of creation and healing. 

    The Legacy Project is an ever-evolving undertaking initiated in 2015, devoted to sharing Margie Gillis’ creative history and philosophy. After ...

    Read more about Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

Choreographer Margie Gillis.

With The Dancers of The Legacy Project Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle, Caitlin Griffin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Susan Paulson, Alisia Pobega and other.

Music Azam Ali, Loga R. Torkian.

Texts Ulysses by James Joyce.

Excerpts read by Geneviève Boulet, Gaétan Leboeuf, Siobhan McKenna, Jim Norton.

Costumes Rose and Original costumes from Margie Gillis’ Archives as well as eclectic costumes by Sonya Bayer and Margie Gillis.

Lighting Design​​​​​​​ Pierre Lavoie.

Lighting Assistant​​​​​​​ Öykü Onder.




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