Margie Gillis to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with 2013-14 Canadian Tour
The upcoming 2013-2014 season marks the 40th anniversary of the performance career of the legendary Canadian dancer Margie Gillis. In celebration, Montreal's Margie Gillis Dance Foundation launches a cross-Canada tour and premieres new works marking the illustrious four-decade career of the iconic dancer, one of the country's most honoured artists.
Various shows highlight this celebration, including a tour of two major new works beginning in September: the world premiere of Bulletins from ImmortalityŠ freeing Emily Dickinson in British Columbia and performances of The Light Between in Ontario.
Bulletins from Immortality, by Margie Gillis and director Paola Styron, is dance theatre at its best as it presents the poetry and inner world of Emily Dickinson in a bold new way. It is Emily Dickinson unbound performed by Gillis and American acting icon Elizabeth Parrish. Although a recluse, Dickinson's vivid imagination created insightful visions of things she never personally experienced. In this new work, Parrish embodies the intellect of the artist and the spirit of her writing while Gillis gives life to her body and soul.
The Light Between is comprised of a series of haunting solos, duets and trios choreographed by Margie Gillis with collaborators Holly Bright, Marc Daigle and Paola Styron. Performed by Gillis, Daigle and Styron, The Light Between ponders the fundamental nature of being, exploring the turbulent state of transition and transformation, where the visible and invisible meet. Evolving within renowned painter-sculptor Randal Newman's unforgettable set, composed of arms reaching into space, the piece reveals a strangely familiar and radiant world blending sculptural and pictorial elements evocative of the dancer's body.
The tour of these works is as follows:
Bulletins From Immortality - freeing Emily Dickinson
Special preview September 28: Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, Montreal, QC.