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| 6 min

In this short film, Margie Gillis becomes the very embodiment of modern dance - she steps into the light, lifts her arms and unleashes her extraordinary mane into the air.

Four decades into a remarkable career, Gillis is a beacon of compassion and creativity. Watch as high-speed cameras capture the delicate and savage joy of Canada's own Isadora Duncan.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Margie Gillis
  • director
    Pepita Ferrari
  • writer
    Pepita Ferrari
  • director of photography
    Sylvaine Dufaux
  • editor
    Miguel Raymond
  • original music
    Éric Auclair
  • sound design
    Éric Auclair
  • musician
    Mélanie Auclair
  • sound editing
    Don Ayer
  • 1st assistant director
    Vanessa Mujica
  • key grip
    Patrice Dagenais
  • grip
    Joël Poisson
  • gaffer
    Bernard April
  • lighting technician
    Guy Ferland
  • 1st assistant camera
    Dominic Lapointe
  • makeup
    Jacques Lee Pelletier
  • esthetician
    Emma Minaraki
  • publicity stills
    Anthony McLean
  • digital management technician
    Yann Mongrain
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
    France Couture
    Micheline Faubert
  • digital editing supervisor
    Danielle Raymond
  • digital editing technician
    Isabelle Painchaud
  • mix
    Serge Boivin
  • senior production coordinator
    Camila Blos
  • production coordinator
    Shiraz Janjua
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • associate producer
    Dara Moats
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
  • senior producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din
  • translation
    Robert Paquin


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Ages 12 to 17

Arts Education - Dance
Diversity - Identity
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

In the film, Margie Gillis expresses her philosophy about art, artists and human potential. Ask students: What are your core beliefs? What is most important to you and how does this influence your thoughts, actions and words? How does Gillis transmit her beliefs through dance? Consider the title of the film. Compare/contrast the life and work of Gillis with that of Isadora Duncan, the American dancer.

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