(b Montreal, 9 Jul. 1953)
Canadian dancer and choreographer. She studied locally, and with May O'Donnell and others in New York before launching her career as a solo artist in Vancouver in 1975. She also performed as a guest artist with several companies including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Paul Taylor company, Momix, and with Martha Clarke appearing in the latter's The Garden of Earthly Delights in 1984 and Vers la flamme in 1999. In 1982 Taylor made Duet for Gillis and her brother Christopher, a long-time member of the Taylor company. In 1981 she founded her own company but also continued her solo career, choreographing and performing over 80 works for herself—many with a strong political slant. She has additionally choreographed for other companies, including Cirque du Soleil, and taught widely, an advocate of her own method of ‘active kinesthesis’. Order of Canada 1988.
http://www.margiegillis.org Website for Margie Gillis