©Ruth Naomi Levin by Melika Dez

« We are all Nature. » – Margie Gillis

Margie Gillis is thrilled to once again be part of the 20th edition of the Festival Quartiers Danses at the Théâtre des Grands Ballets Canadiens – Édifice Wilder. This year Margie is co-spokesperson for the festival as well as a choreographer.

The Pull of the Seasons

September 15, 7:30 pm

Festival Quartiers Danses, Montréal

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In this playful and boisterous new work, Margie Gillis celebrates Nature. A call from the heart to her home province of Quebec, where each season unfolds fiercely, each one more vibrant than the next and shaping who we are.  Add into the mix, a long and fruitful collaboration with renowned improvisational singer Rhiannon. Working between their homes in Montreal and Hawaii, Margie also drew her inspiration from ‘Big Island’. Here Nature is personified and honored. Pele, the Goddess of volcanoes, dance, and fire, and creator of the Islands, is the symbol of life. And so, this joyful, angry, fragile, formidable, loud, and precious piece was born.

Nature is embodied by dancers and an improvisational singer; all flying and flowing though the stage to offer us both a delicate and rambunctious, dazzling landscape.

Rhiannon, Margie Gillis’ long-time friend and collaborator, will share the stage lending her live and recorded voice to the bodies’ movements for the premiere of The Pull of the Seasons. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences around the world for over five decades.

You don’t want to miss this performance that brings the Legacy Project and Rhiannon together!

Our deepest thanks to Legacy Project dancers: Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Kuz, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Alisia Pobega

See the full program for the show The Pull of the Seasons:

World Premiere
Festival Quartiers Danses
September 15, 2022

The Pull of The Seasons
Director | Margie Gillis
Created by Margie Gillis in collaboration with Rhiannon and collaborative choreography |
Alexandra Caron, Geneviève Boulet, Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Sarah Murphy, Isabel Cruz, Caitlin Griffin, Alisia Pobega

Dancers | Alexandra Caron, Geneviève Boulet, Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Isabel Cruz, Caitlin Griffin, Alisia Pobega

Live Music | Rhiannon
Recorded Music | Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, Rafaelle Mackay

Lighting Design | Pierre Lavoie
Lighting Assistant | Öykü Onder

Sound Technician | Sam Thériault

Costume Director | Sonya Bayer
Costumes by | Sonya Bayer, Anne Dixon, Denis Lavoie, Margie Gillis

OPENING
Rhiannon
And Full Cast
Recorded Music | Rafaelle Mackay

SUNRISE
Dancer | Caitlin Griffin and company
Music | Rhiannon (Live) (recorded harmonics) Rafaelle Mackay

SPRING
Dancer | Ruth Naomi Levin and company

WATER
Dancer | Alexandra Caron
Recorded Music | Rhiannon

SUMMER
Mother | Alisia Pobega
Sun | Hoor Malas
Geneviève Boulet, Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Isabel Cruz, Caitlin Griffin
Recorded Music | Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm

RAINSTORM
Sun | Hoor Malas
Storm Cloud | Kyana Lyne
Lighting | Caitlin Griffin
Ambient Music | Rainstorm

FALL
Dancer | Geneviève Boulet
Tree Chorus | Hoor Malas, Kyana Lyne, Caitlin Griffin
Live Music | Rhiannon
Ambient Music | Fireplace

FROST & SHADOW
Dancers | Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Rae Kuz
Live Music | Rhiannon
Ambient Music | Snow Storm

WINTER
Dancer | Tessa Rae Kuz
Live Music | Rhiannon
Ambient Music | Snow Storm

NIGHT
Dancer | Geneviève Boulet
Live Music | Rhiannon
Ambient Music | Chopin

CLOSING
Rhiannon
and Full Cast

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Canada Council for the Arts

 Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Quebec

 Conseil des Arts de Montreal

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Catherine Bourgeois, Richard Cyr, Marc Daigle, Adriane Porcin, Linda Rabin

BOOKING AGENT

Valérie Cusson

Created at Louise Lapierre Dance Studio, Montreal and at St. Mark’s Church Arts Project, Acton Vale, Quebec and at Rhiannon’s studio in Hilo, Big Island Hawaii.


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