Citadel + Compagnie – Mirror Staging the Seeing Place / Modern Woman in Search of Soul



Award-winning Choreographer Sasha Ivanochko Puts Female Representation Under the Microscope with Daring Double Bill

Citadel + Compagnie Closes Bright Nights Season with
Searingly Relevant Pair of Premiere Solo Works

TORONTO, ON – Citadel + Compagnie (C+C) presents a double bill from Montreal-based choreographer Sasha Ivanochko with the World Premiere of Modern Woman in Search of Soul and the East Coast premiere of Mirror Staging the Seeing Place, June 6 – 9, 2018 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Renowned for her dramatic physicality and unflinchingly candid performances, Ivanochko’s carefully crafted solo works examine how certain cultural representations are embedded in the female body, using movement associated with North American pop culture icons of the 20th and 21st Century to encourage audiences to question the very nature of these views.

The works make full use of The Citadel’s historic Cabbagetown premises (originally built in 1912 by the Salvation Army), by presenting in two different spaces: in the Mimi Herrndorf Studio Theatre and in the intimate Jean Soper Studio.

“Ivanochko is a bellwether for contemporary dance in Canada, fearlessly producing work that is both insightful and provocative,” says C+C Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux. “The way that she translates complex and academic themes into movement is a wonder to watch as well as incredibly thought-provoking. Accessible but also layered with meaning, audiences will leave with their minds racing, unpicking ideas of what they have just seen and how it is relevant to their owns lives as members of society.”

Performed by award-winning Toronto Dance Theatre member Alana Elmer, Modern Woman In Search of Soul embraces and embodies stereotypes to deconstruct and revise how the female body is seen through movement. The world premiere will be simultaneously live-streamed by renowned choreographer, filmmaker, and creative technologist Jacob Niedzwiecki. Elmer will invite the audience, both in person and online, to engage with her via verbal responses or live-feed commentary respectively.

The product of Ivanochko’s research for her MFA at Simon Fraser University, Mirror Staging the Seeing Place premiered in June 2017 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, BC. In its East Coast debut, acclaimed independent dance artist Kristy Kennedy will perform the work in a studio setting, creating an intimate and visceral audience experience. Dancing into the studio mirror, which both captures and reflects the performance, Kennedy and spectators enter a relationship between the see-er and the seen as her body physically manifests female representations. Sound designer Matthew Ariaratnam will incorporate the live sounds of the performance into the score, audibly echoing the doubling effect of the mirror and heightening the experience for audience members.

Sasha Ivanochko is a Choreographer, Educator, and Artistic Director of Ivanochko et Cie–projects de performance. For over 20 years, her choreography has challenged performers and engaged audiences around the world. She has made several large group works for companies such as Toronto Dance Theatre and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, as well as works for a variety of independent artists. Throughout her career, her artistic contribution to the Canadian dance milieu has been acknowledged through a variety of awards and bursaries, including the K.M. Hunter Award in 2007. In August 2018, she will become the Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West, a resource and production organization dedicated to the evolution of contemporary choreographic practices.

Tickets to Mirror Staging the Seeing Place / Modern Woman in Search of Soul are available online at:

About Citadel + Compagnie (

Citadel + Compagnie, formerly Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, was founded by Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux in 2000. This Toronto-based professional dance company 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 neighborhood of Toronto.

Named in honour of its cherished home at The Citadel, C+C has evolved from a husband-and-wife run company to a distinguished organization with a renewed mandate of fostering cultural participation and nurturing creative excellence. C+C encourages artistic risk and innovation through its performing arts series, Bright Nights, and tours accessible works of contemporary dance across Canada. By demonstrating fearless artistic leadership backed by strong community engagement, C+C has established itself as one of the leading companies of its kind in Canada.

After nine years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005), James Kudelka was named C+C’s resident choreographer in 2008. With C+C, he has revisited some of his greatest works and developed challenging new contemporary creations. Kudelka’s presence at C+C has elevated the company’s profile, and offered audiences a new platform to experience the work of one of the country’s finest choreographers.

LISTING INFORMATION    Citadel + Compagnie Presents
Mirror Staging the Seeing Place /
Modern Woman in Search of Soul
Dates: Modern Woman in Search of Soul – June 6-9, 2018, 8pm
Mirror Staging the Seeing Place – June 6-9, 2018, 9:30pm
Ticket Prices: Adults: $25 Seniors/Students/Artists: $20
(limited seating for 9:30 show)
Both shows on the same night – Adults: $40
Seniors/Students/Artists: $30
Address: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2Z6
Box Office or ph: 416-364-8011 (ext. 1)

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