Citadel+Compagnie: Citadel Dance Mix 2018


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Citadel + Compagnie Presents its Inaugural Seasonal Triple Bill
Citadel Dance Mix 2018 —

Featuring Toronto’s most daring, provocative creators and two world premieres

TORONTO, ON — Citadel + Compagnie proudly presents their inaugural Bright Nights seasonal triple bill Citadel Dance Mix, November 21–24 & November 28–December 1, 2018, at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Three of Toronto’s most exciting and sought-after dance creators will present three electrifying works: Lady Baby choreographed by DA Hoskins follows a woman — her myth, her sexuality, her stories — in an exploration of identity. Allison Cummings’ As she shall obtain such command of her mass vein passageways is the unwinding of a dancer and the desire for control, and Tori Mehaffey presents the world premiere of Avoidance, a new commission by Citadel + Compagnie for Bright Nights.

Citadel Dance Mix celebrates exploration and experimentation,” says Citadel + Compagnie’s Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux. “I encourage audiences to uncover the contrasting beauty of these three distinct works. The inaugural iteration features Toronto’s most exciting choreographers demonstrating real variety and risk-taking. I am delighted with this bold program as it becomes a space for unique visions and explorations to transpire. Audiences are invited to enjoy these radical works presented on stage by some of Toronto’s very best.”

The blend of diverse work is a unique offering that Citadel + Compagnie achieves through its commitment to curate Bright Nights specifically to highlight the intimate nature of The Citadel, and to feature distinctive artists whose refined creations boldly push the boundaries of Toronto dance.

Hailed by NOW Magazine as “a heartbreaking revelation” and an “enormous emotional force,” Hoskins’ 2008 Lady Baby was inspired by D.H. Lawrence’s best-known novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover. This captivating interdisciplinary dance work follows one woman through an exploration of relationships, self-image, and created personae. Lady Baby poses the question, is the woman’s identity hers alone? Or is she simply an idea the audience has formed of her?

As she shall obtain such command of her mass vein passageways is a world premiere by the fearless Cummings. Performed by Toronto Dance Theatre alumna Kaitlin Standeven, this is an unraveling and despairing duet between a dancer and her desire to control. The piece traces shifts in power within the body, challenging the conventional control dancers execute with each initiated movement. Rather than striving for superficial beauty, Cummings presents a work that confronts power imbalances.

Citadel + Compagnie has commissioned a new quartet piece by emerging dance artist Mehaffey, titled Avoidance. The work channels the fear that arises when traumatic events we have distanced ourselves from begin to resurface. Mehaffey brings a fresh new voice and unbridled energy to this audacious program with her exploration of dismissal and fear.

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About Citadel + Compagnie (

Citadel + Compagnie is a Toronto-based professional dance organization with a mission to have a significant and lasting artistic impact on our society through creation, curation and cultivation. Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie  creates, produces and presents works on local, national and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

The company purchased The Citadel in 2007, and renovated it into studio, office, and theatre space. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance opened in 2012, providing a home for Resident Choreographer James Kudelka, and Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux’s creative processes and intimate performances, while creating an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform and where the community can learn, communicate, and share.

Citadel + Compagnie encourages artistic risk and innovation through its performing arts series, Bright Nights, and delivers accessible works of contemporary dance when touring outside The Citadel itself. Equipped with a commitment to the development of the art form and backed by a small but fiscally aggressive administrative structure, Citadel + Compagnie demonstrates fearless artistic leadership backed by real community engagement.

After nine years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005), James Kudelka was named Citadel + Compagnie resident choreographer in 2008. This relationship has allowed Kudelka to revisit some of his finest works and made way for challenging new contemporary creations. The presence of Kudelka’s work at Citadel + Compagnie has also expanded the company’s public recognition, and increased audiences eager to see the work of one of the country’s finest choreographers.

LISTING INFORMATION Citadel + Compagnie presents
Citadel Dance Mix 2018
Dates: November 21–24  &
November 28–December 1, 2018, 8pm
Ticket prices: $20–$25
Venue: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2Z6
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