Citadel+Compagnie: Love me out of it


Press Release: 

Citadel + Compagnie Launches 2018/19 Bright Nights Season with World Premiere of Laurence Lemieux’s
Love me out of it

Choreographer and Performer Explores Relationship to Dance in Explosive Solo Set to Iconic Canadian Punk Band Teenage Head

TORONTO, ON — Citadel + Compagnie  opens their 2018/19 Bright Nights season with the hotly anticipated world premiere of Love me out of it, October 11–­­13 & 17–20, 2018, at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Choreographed and performed by the company’s Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, this intimate and dynamic solo is set to the iconic sounds of Canadian punk band Teenage Head’s platinum album Frantic City. The work will explore Lemieux’s longstanding relationship and deep respect for the art form of dance.

“I had been working on a solo for a while and wanted to give myself the unique challenge of choreographing straight through an entire album,” says Lemieux. “This chronological approach ultimately created a narrative that began to coalesce with my body’s movements. A new character would emerge with each song; textural, emotional expressions of my feelings as I navigated the music. Dancing to Teenage Head’s Frantic City made me fall madly in love with the album. I invite audiences to discover this distinct atmospheric environment and to ‘love me out of this’ musical dance maze.”

Love me out of it opens with the explosive notes of Teenage Head’s rendition of “Wild One”, the 1958 Australian rock ‘n’ roll classic that would go on to be covered by Iggy Pop and Jet. The band was an early pioneer in punk, a genre in its nascent stages when they formed in 1975. Lemieux’s tribute to this influential Canadian group — which continues to tour more than 40 years after their founding — echoes her homage to a lifelong passion for dance. The lively rhythms of the 10-track album will create an intricately melodious labyrinth in a high-octane performance.

In addition to serving as Artistic Director of  Citadel + Compagnie, Lemieux is a choreographer, performer, presenter, teacher, and Dora Award-winner. She has danced for some of Canada’s most prominent choreographers, including William Douglas, James Kudelka, Jean-Pierre Perreault, and Margie Gillis, and has produced more than 30 of her own celebrated choreographic works. As a teacher, Lemieux has taught at Ryerson University, York University, Concordia University, L’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain, and Canada’s National Ballet School. Highly engaged and active in the dance community, Lemieux is a passionate advocate for the arts and has curated Bright Nights specifically to highlight the intimate nature of The Citadel.

Deeply embedded in Canadian pop culture, Teenage Head is a legendary punk rock band from Hamilton Ontario. Frantic City is their second album, and was certified platinum in 1983. Current members Gord Lewis (guitar), Steve Mahon (bassist), Dave Rave (vocals), and Gene Champagne (drums) continue to tour and perform.

Live music will follow every performance of Love me out of it with a different band each night. On October 13, special guests Teenage Head will treat audiences to a live one-night-only performance.

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 Love me out of it
Dates: October 11–13 & 17–20, 2018, 8pm
Ticket Prices: October 11–12 & 17–20
From $25 (includes the band after)
October 13
(Fundraising event.
Featuring special guests, Teenage Head)
Venue: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2Z6
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