© Anne Troake
The meaning of the word Viriditas describes nature’s divine healing power, transferred from plants to humans – the greening of the soul.
Finding the right balance between inner insanity and experiential wisdom can be a challenge for each of us. It is here that Margie Gillis, accompanied by Troy Ogilvie and Paola Styron, explores our interconnectedness with nature, and the need for flourishing feminism consciousness in our world today.
At the forefront of modern dance for more than 45 years, internationally acclaimed dance Artist Margie Gillis is one of the most influential Canadian choreographers/dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She performed around the world, and her choreographic work, her teaching, and her social activism has been internationally praised. Her repertoire now includes over one hundred and fifty creations, solos, duets and group works, which are performed internationally.
A native of New Jersey, Troy Ogilvie began dancing with ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. She graduated from The Juilliard School in 2007. Troy dances, teaches, choreographs and directs, and has collaborated with many renowned choreographers and musicians. Her solo repertory includes choreographies by Margie Gillis, Roy Assaf, and Itzik Galili. She also teaches improvisation and performs with Patricia Noworol Dance and Zoe|Juniper. Past companies include Gallim Dance, Sidra Bell Dance NY, and Punchdrunk (Sleep No More, NYC).
Was a principal performer and collaborator for over 25 years with renowned choreographer/director Martha Clarke. She has frequently collaboratorated in Margie Gillis’ work, and with numerous other dance and theatre companies. Based in New York City, she performs, choreographs, and directs dance theater. Paola is also certified in and practices Equine Assisted Therapy for children with disabilities, and is soon to be a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner.
CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCERS
Margie Gillis, accompanied by
Noirin Ni Riain – Glenstal Abbey, Sounding in A by Chloë Goodchild, Gaétan Leboeuf, Tanya Tagaq, Library Tapes
SOUND AND VIDEO BOARD
Sonya Bayer, Reid & Harriet
Duration: 60 minutes
Year of Creation: 2018
The choreographic co-creation process with Troy Ogilvie and Paola Styron has been stimulating, inspiring, and invigorating.
I would like to acknowledge the creative work of Pierre Lavoie, who has been working with me as Technical Director for 30 years. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his genius.
Thanks to Robin Poitras and Susan Mackenzie for sharing their expertise in silk. Thanks to Christopher Darlington, Cylla Von Tiedemann, Anne Troake, and Simon Warner for their constant presence to capture images and to film performers in nature.
The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation warmly thanks Louise Lapierre for her generous support and for her welcome during our time of creation.