LITERATURE OF THE BODY  will be part of NAC 23/24 season and be presented on April 202024 in Ottawa.

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Sensual and evocative movement that guides us into embracing our humanity. Under Margie Gillis’ artistic direction, the Legacy Project dancers and guests unite to bring you Literature of the Body, a poetic and somatic, impactful program. Through these two groups works, the audience is treated to the inner workings of our soul’s journey, while shining a spotlight on the poetry that resides in the art of dance.

Notions of vulnerability, forced social change, loss and disruption, and the joy and sensuality of life, all feature in this assemblage of works. Coming from a ceaseless well of inspiration, Literature of the Body is a must-see, a gift from the world of dance.

Two stories are told. The first faces the hard truth that 1/3 of the world’s population are refugees and with Climate change that number is expected to explode. Who are we in this statelessness? Who are we homeless and unmoored? The second is from the world of James Joyce, who wrote, Ulysses, based on the private inner dialogue of his wife, the character: Molly Bloom. Her world, her community, her gentle outcast husband and the young intellect Stephan. Wild and wonderful this town’s woman and her true connection to nature win the day in a cacophony of coming to YES.

Artistic and production credits

Choreography | Margie Gillis with Legacy Project dancers

Lighting designer | Pierre Lavoie

Dancers at premiere | Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle, Caitlin Griffin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Susan Paulson, Alisia Pobega.

Music | Azam Ali, Loga R. Torkian

Text | James Joyce de Ulysses

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

Costumes | Rose and original archive costumes of Margie Gillis, put together by Sonya Bayer and Margie Gillis

Lighting assistant | Öykü Onder

Evening program with updated credits to come soon …

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