« Exploring the universality of emotion and compassion, Literature of the Body is an ode to the poetry that resides in dance.”

– Margie Gillis

©Sasha Onyshchenko

Literature of the Body

February 2nd, 2023, 7:00pm

Le Carre 150, Victoriaville

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Sensual and evocative movement that guides us into embracing our humanity. Under Margie Gillis’ artistic direction, the Legacy Project dancers reunite to bring you Literature of the Body, a poetic and somatic, impactful program. Through these two group 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 the inner workings of a woman: Molly Bloom. Her world, her community, and her husband all start off in traditional gender, but what follows is a river run of gender mixing. Wild and wonderful this towns woman and her connection to nature win the day in a cacophony of coming to YES.

Our deepest thanks to Legacy Project dancers: Geneviève Boulet, Alexandra Caron, Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Naomi Levin, Tessa Rae Kuz, Kyana Lyne, Hoor Malas, Sarah Murphy, Susan Paulson, Marc Daigle, Alisia Pobega, 

See the full program for the show Literature of the Body:

Literature of the Body
Choreographer | Margie Gillis
With The Dancers of The Legacy Project
Lighting Director | Pierre Lavoie


Choreographer | Margie Gillis
Dancers | 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
From | Lamentation of Swans
Costumes | Rose

Lighting Design | Pierre Lavoie
Lighting Assistant | Öykü Onder

Cinematographer | Louis-Martin Charest



Original Choreography | Margie Gillis

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

Costumes | Original costumes from Margie Gillis’ Archives as well as eclectic costumes by Sonya Bayer and Margie Gillis

Lighting Design | Pierre Lavoie
Lighting Assistant | Öykü Onder

Cinematographer | Louis-Martin Charest

Text | James Joyce from Ulysses
In 5 excerpts

Read by | Gaétan Leboeuf
Alisia Pobega and Cast

Read by | Siobhan McKenna
Susan Paulson and Cast

Read by | Jim Norton
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc
Ruth Naomi Levin and Cast

4-Many Mollys
Read by | Geneviève Boulet
The Cast

5-Final Molly
Read by | Siobhan McKenna
Susan Paulson and Cast

See the texts here


Canada Council for the Arts

 Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Quebec

 Conseils des Arts de Montreal


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


Valérie Cusson

Created at Louise Lapierre Dance Studio, Montreal and at St. Mark’s Church Arts Project, Acton Vale Quebec.

Because of COVID, these dances have taken many years to create. The following dancers have been involved in creation at one time or another :

Troy Ogilvie, Annmaria Mazzini, Anne Troake, Neil Sochasky, Lucy M. May, Sarah
Murphy, Daphne Fernberger, Peter Trosztmer, Ayelen Liberona, Laeticia Philantrope, Isabel Cruz.

Artistic Advisor to the Legacy Project: Alexandra Wells.

We dedicate these performances to our beloved, Sarah Murphy.

I am celebrating my 50th year as a professional dancer/choreographer.  There are a lot
of people involved with making a career of 50 years and I would like to thank you, my
audience as well as all those who have supported my work and collaborated with me
over these many wonderful years.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 – Margie

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