sold out March 28. 29. 30. - ADDITIONAL SHOW, March 30, 4 p.m.
Recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, the great Margie Gillis is back at Danse Danse with a new work entitled The Light Between. The fruit of a lifetime of artistic questioning that unfolds in a modular stage set by the internationally renowned Randal Newman, a painter and sculptor, and someone with whom Gillis long dreamed of working. Light and luminous, it is a revelation of all the hope that is so much a part of poignant human vulnerability.
The Light Between
The foundations for this piece were inadvertently laid more than 25 years ago when choreographer Margie Gillis first met the visual artist Randal Newman. At the time they were wondering how to combine choreography with sculptural and pictorial elements that evoke the body of the dancer, a project that slowly evolved over time. Now the two artists have reunited to present the result of their creative efforts in a modular piece consisting of solos, duos and trios performed by Margie Gillis, Holly Bright and Marc Daigle.
“I choreograph and dance from the inside out in order to make transparent the imagery that lives inside the body. I endeavour to bring to light and to work with the essential, vulnerable and authentic parts of our nature. I have always been fascinated by the miraculous links that exist between physical expression and the intellect, between emotions and spirituality. Dance is a means to catharsis, transformation and discovery.” Margie Gillis
“One doesn't come across the flamelike intensity of a dancer like Margie Gillis too often. A celebration of the life of the senses.” (The New York Times, USA)
Margie Gillis has been dancing for as long as she can remember, but her professional career began in 1976, and she has earned rave reviews all over the world. A passionate choreographer and performer of more than one hundred solo dance pieces, she has worked with the greatest dancers and artists of her time, either by including them in her own personal projects or by participating in works by her peers. Concerned with the durability of her unique approach to art, Margie Gillis frequently teaches at various institutions, including the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.
“In 20 years I have seen no one who comes close to her extraordinary artistry as a solo performer. She is one of the few dancers in the world to be able to sustain a solo program on her own.” (San Francisco Chronicle, USA)
“...Gillis is a wonderful dancer with a robust passion, a compelling sense of life and music, and most important, that heaven-sent ability to carve movement into the memory of its audience.” (The New York Post, USA)
Margie Gillis has been a member of the Order of Canada since 1988 and of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, and named an honorary cultural ambassador by both the federal and provincial governments. In recognition of her exceptional contribution to culture, in 2001 the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec awarded her a career grant. During the 2008-2009 season, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, and the famous Stella Adler Studio in New York gave her its first MAD Spirit Award for exceptional humanitarian actions by an artist. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement.
Her masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul has won her loyal audiences over the years. Her previous piece, Thread / Filatures, was presented at the National Arts Centre and at the Agora de la danse in spring 2010. She continues to pursue research and teaching, in addition to creating new dance pieces.
Randal Newman is a Canadian visual artist from Winnipeg who trained at the Fitzgerald School of Art. His work has been presented all over the world, and many of his paintings can be found in private or corporate collections.
Dance and theatre have always been a great source of inspiration for him, and the subject of many of his works. He has also created set designs for several choreographers and stage directors, and his credits include theatre set designs for Wunderbar, Underneath The Lintel, Breast Friends and The Magic Kingdom. His recent solo exhibit, familiaR, consisted of a series of family portraits based on collections of slides from the 1950s and 1960s. Randal is currently working on a new series that explores the concept of false prophets.
The Light Between
Choreography Margie Gillis in collaboration with Holly Bright, Marc Daigle, Paola Styron. Dancers Margie Gillis, Holly Bright, Paola Styron, Marc Daigle. Set Design Randy Newman. Costume Designer Anne Dixon. Lighting Design Pierre Lavoie. Music Composer and Sound Designer Larsen Lupin.
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LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE
Up close with Margie Gillis
Thursday, March 28 – 5:30 p.m. at ARTVstudio – Moderator: Geneviève Guérard (in French only)
meet the artists
Friday, March 29 – in the hall right after the performance