LITERATURE OF THE BODY will be part of NAC 23/24 season and be presented on April 10, 2024 in Ottawa.
Vulnerability and upheaval, but also joie de vivre and sensuality inhabit this moving dance mosaic.
An inimitable soloist, a committed humanist and an outstanding ambassador for Canadian dance on the world stage, Margie Gillis is entering a new phase in 2023. Over the past few years, in order to ensure the continuity of her art, she has gradually opened her rich repertoire to share it with other dance artists. Literature of the Body is a double program that investigates the intricacies of the soul and reveals the poetry that lies at the heart of dance. The first part examines the harsh reality of climate refugees, while the second part explores the world of the fierce and marvellous Molly Bloom, a character from James Joyce’s Ulysses. A fascinating journey into femininity.
Literature of the Body
Choreography | Margie Gillis
With Legacy Project dancers
Lighting designer | Pierre Lavoie
Dancers | Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Marc Daigle, Caitlin Griffin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Ruth Naomi Levin, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Susan Paulson, Alisia Pobega and others…
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