Legacy Project

© Cylla von Tiedemann

© Dorian Nuskind-Oder

An exchange based on excellence, devoted to transmitting Margie’s concepts of creation, teaching and humanitarian vision.

The Legacy Project is an initiative dedicated to ensuring the continuity of Margie Gillis’ creative history. Its mandate is to protect and promote Margie’s legacy through sharing with the next generation of dance artists. Participants are encouraged to communicate these concepts, while incorporating their own artistic vision, to ensure that the work remains relevant.

Creation and Mentoring: Margie teaches her repertoire, creates new works and mentors selected dance artists.

TeachingParticipants learn Margie’s unique methods of teaching and are encouraged to develop their own personal approaches.

Performance Technique: Participants learn how to deepen their own performance technique through observation, classes and workshops.

Performances: Accompanied by dancers chosen from among project participants, Margie brings to the stage a performance consisting of works from her repertoire as well as new creations.

Conflict Transformation: Margie has been developing a powerful and forward-thinking method of Conflict Transformation through dance – the subject of several successful workshops and a book (The Choreography of Resolution). With a select group of dancers, who are committed to social change, Margie continues to work on this endeavour as a final component to the Legacy Project. 

Honorary Board

Margaret Atwood, CC, OOnt, FRSC  Poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist

Peter Boneham, CM  Choreographer, teacher and mentor

The late Leonard Cohen, CC, GOQ  Singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist

Irene Dowd  Neuromuscular educator, teacher and choreographer

Eleanor Duckworth  Teacher, teacher educator, educational theorist, author and dancer

Paul-André Fortier, OC  Artistic director and founder, Fortier Danse-Création

Daniel Jackson – Choreographer, co-founder of Montréal Danse, and longtime artistic adviser

Barbara Laskin – Cultural executive, governance and communications consultant and Arts Advocate

Michelle Lebaron – Professor of Law, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, dispute resolution scholar and author

Elizabeth May, OC, MP – Environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament

Emily Molnar – Artistic director, Ballet BC, artistic director of dance, the Banff Centre

The late Jessye Norman – Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist

Tom Oppenheim – Artistic director and president, Stella Adler Studio of Acting

Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD – Founder of the Spiritual Guidance School

Tim Plumptre – President, Tim Plumptre & Assoc. Inc., and founder of Institute on Governance

Linda Rabin – Somatic and movement educator, facilitator of personal, creative and performance process and co-founder of École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal

Janis Sarra  Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

Paul Taylor  Artistic director and founder Paul Taylor Dance Company

Veronica Tennant, CC  Prima Ballerina, director/producer, filmmaker and author

Alexandra Wells Founder and artistic director of Springboard Danse Montréal, concept and artistic director, Movement Invention Project, faculty at The Juilliard School

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