Citadel + Compagnie – Factory



Citadel + Compagnie Launches 2017/18 Bright Nights Season with World Premiere of Michael Caldwell’s Factory

 Toronto-based Choreographer Exposes Society’s Compulsion for Power and Corruption in Full-Length Contemporary Work

TORONTO, ON – Citadel + Compagnie (C+C) launches its 2017/18 Bright Nights season with the world premiere of Factory, a stirring contemporary dance work examining the riotous disruption of a hyper-connected society, September 20 – 23, 2017 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Produced by MLC Dance with pounds per square inch performance (lbs/sq”), Factory is the first full-length project from Toronto choreographer and two-time Dora Award-winner Michael Caldwell. Created in collaboration with Gemini award-winning composer Phil Strong, this thought-provoking work will assemble five of Canada’s premier dancers who will thrust audiences into a surreal, post-traumatic world of chaos, power, and deception.

“Citadel + Compagnie has been a long-time fan of Michael Caldwell. He is an in-demand choreographer turning heads in the Canadian dance scene and we are immensely proud to be showcasing his riveting work this season,” says Laurence Lemieux, Artistic Director, C+C. “With astute vision and nuanced imagination, Michael merges striking and visceral movement with immersive sound and imagery, generating electricity on stage. As a company that proudly fosters creative innovation, we are thrilled to host the unveiling of Michael’s latest groundbreaking work.”

In Factory, choreographer Caldwell and composer Strong will construct a dizzying sonic universe – a place of intense social connectivity lacking real human interaction. Toronto’s esteemed dancers Lori Duncan, Louis Laberge-Côté, Benjamin Landsberg, Kaitlin Standeven, and Heidi Strauss will converge and come apart through idiosyncratic, impulse-driven movements, dismantling form and decoding layers of meaning with distinct interpretation. A timely meditation on the political and societal realities of the attainment and abuse of power, Factory offers a mesmerizing dioramic view of the here and now as a moment in time.

Known for his “exceptional interpretive skills” (The Globe & Mail), Caldwell is a highly sought-after contemporary dancer who has performed with some of the country’s leading choreographers & companies, including Peggy Baker, Emmanuel Jouthe, and James Kudelka – and internationally with Tomeo Vergés (France), Sacha Steenks (Netherlands), and Antony Hamilton (Australia). As a choreographer, Caldwell draws from his knowledge of film and art history to create multi-sensory and cutting-edge dance works. To date, he has developed works commissioned and presented by dance: made in Canada Festival, CanAsian Dance Festival, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Fringe Festival, among others.

Factory will be brought to life by Joe Pagnan (production design), Noah Feaver (lighting design), Heidi Strauss (outside eye), and Indrit Kasapi (dramaturgy).

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.

About MLC Dance:
MLC Dance was founded in July 2014 by life partners Michael Caldwell and Louis Laberge-Côté as a vehicle to explore their collaborative choreographic and performative ideas. In 2015, MLC Dance created two new works: Barbara and the President, commissioned by Dance Matters for the In the Fryin’ Pan Series, and A little grass sonata, commissioned by Kaeja d’Dance for the Porch View Dances Festival. Despite the short history as a collective, the two founding members have worked together in many capacities within the dance community – as dancers, choreographers, curators, rehearsal directors, and teachers – with each other, and for other dance collaborators.  They have created work for each other, and have served as outside eyes for each other’s individual choreographic processes.  Upcoming, DanceWorks will present MLC Dance’s The Art of Degeneration in 2018/19, as part of their Mainstage series.

LISTING INFORMATION Citadel + Compagnie presents
Michael Caldwell’s Factory
Date: September 20 – 23, 2017, 8pm
Ticket prices: Adults: $25 Seniors/Students/Artists: $20
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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