BC Movement Arts Society brings urban and rural to the North Island for an evening of contemporary dance – Campbell River Mirror


The BC Movement Arts Society (BCMAS), based in Sointula on Malcolm Island, British Columbia, located in the unceded Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the ‘Namgis, Kwakiutl and Mamalilikala nations, produces the contemporary dance series of the North Island featuring Canadian and international dance artists. .

Bringing together the urban and the rural, BCMAS is one of the few professional dance organizations based in and serving rural and remote communities in Canada. This inaugural year features acclaimed dance artists from British Columbia, New York, England and Finland.

Their next production is FORTRESS + 4 SOLOS – an evening of solos and duos featuring the explosive talents of brilliant young female artists, Livona Ellis from British Columbia and Rebecca Margolick from New York, in an evening of solos and their first collaboration , a duet titled Fortress.

Ellis performs his pensive solo Unmoved, a deeply felt response to overcoming our self-imposed limitations. Margolick’s solo, Bunker, buzzes with energy, drawing on themes of memory and the shared history of previous generations of women. The program also includes two solos performed last season especially for them: Woman Walking (away) by Peter Bingham in 1997, danced by Ellis with exquisite simplicity and concentration; and Allen Kaeja’s Trace Elements (2000), powerfully performed by Margolick, a passionate call to learn from the mistakes of our past.

“We are thrilled to be able to feature and share with the North Island such superb and versatile dancers/choreographers as Livona Ellis and Rebecca Margolick in our annual International Dance Series serving this remote but beautiful region of British Columbia. Showcasing their exceptional artistry and technique as solo artists, this show also allowed Livona and Rebecca (who trained together as children at Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella) to collaborate on a new duo titled FORTRESS. This dynamic and compelling new duo was created during a multi-week creative residency fully funded by BCMAS in Sointula,” said BCMAS Artistic and Executive Director Mary-Louise Albert.

Ellis was born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territory. She completed her training at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. In 2010 she graduated in dance and started dancing with Ballet BC.

During her eight years with the company, she had the good fortune to perform works by world renowned artists such as Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Lesley Telford, Johan Inger, William Forsythe and many more.

Independently, she collaborated with Jennifer McLeish-Lewis for the EDAM Spring series and Rachel Meyer and Jennifer Mascall for Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019.

Ellis has performed at international venues such as Sadler’s Wells, Movimentos Festival Wolfsburg, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance NYC and International Dance Festival Birmingham UK. She has created works for Dances for a Small Stage, Dance Deck Trois, Public Salon 2019, Contemporary Art Gallery Gala 2018 and Arts Umbrella Season Finale. In 2017, she received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist.

Last year, Ellis directed Medhi Walerski’s “Prelude” at the Staatsoper Hannover in Germany and was a guest artist at the Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland.

Ellis joined Ballet BC for their 2020/21/22/23 seasons and is currently a teacher at Arts Umbrella. She is 2022 artist-in-residence at Left of Main and will continue her choreographic research with a view to developing a new solo work.

Margolic is a Canadian dancer and choreographer based in New York. His multidisciplinary and solo works have been presented in France, Costa Rica, Singapore, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, Mexico, Germany and several cities in the United States and Canada. She was named one of the top 25 to watch in 2021 by Dance Magazine. Her currently touring solo Bunker + Vault won the Jury Prize for “Best Indoor Choreographic Work” at the Festival Quartiers Danse de Montréal in 2019.

She received the 2020 New Directions Choreography Lab Fellowship at the Ailey School under the mentorship of Gus Solomons Jr. and was Dance Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in December 2019. She was also Artist-in-Residence 2020/2021 at the Dance Deck in Vancouver Canada.

In 2020 Margolic was awarded the Conney Conference Fellowship to study the archives of the Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls at 92nd St Y and presented her research at the 2020 Conney Conference. GPS in 2017 at Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria and LABA Fellow 2015/16 at 14th St Y in New York.

She has been commissioned to create works for Ballet BC’s Performance Project; the Ailey/Fordham BFA program; Michiyaya Dance, DancePORT Derida, Bulgaria; University of Costa Rica; and Frabique des Arts, Carcassonne France.

She is currently a rehearsal and dancer with Chuck Wilt’s UNA Productions, and was a dancer with Sidra Bell Dance New York from 2012 to 2016. Freelance, she has worked with a number of artists including Kayla Farrish, Allen Kaeja, Patricia Norowol, Jerome Bel (The Show Must Go On), Derrick Belcham, Emily Terndrup, Maya Orchin, Shay Kuebler and Barak Marshall, among others.

Margolic graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, and before that she trained at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver.

Rebecca is proud to be a member of the Dance Artists National Collective, a collective of independent dancers who organize for safe, fair, and sustainable working conditions in the United States. https://www.rebeccamargolick.com/

FORTRESS + 4 SOLOS will be played on the North Island in June at the following locations:

– Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tidemark Theater in Campbell River.

– Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the ‘Namgis Lawrence Ambers Memorial Rec. Center in Alert Bay.

– Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gate House Theater in Port McNeill.

– Saturday June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sointula Athletics Hall.

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