ABOUT THE COMPANY
About Citadel + Compagnie
Citadel + Compagnie is a dance organization with its home, The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, embedded within the Regent Park community of downtown Toronto. Through its creation, curation and cultivation of contemporary dance, Citadel + Compagnie’s mission is to make a significant and lasting contribution to dance in Canada. Led by Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux, the company’s vision is for exceptional dance to reach diverse communities and audiences and foster ongoing dialogue between artists and the public.
Founded in 2000 by Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie (formerly Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie) toured extensively in its early years, receiving international recognition in Russia, Scotland, Mongolia and the United States, where the company headlined the 75th Anniversary Season of the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Festival.
In 2007, the company’s efforts shifted with the purchase of a Salvation Army Citadel in Regent Park and its renovation into studio, office, and theatre space. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance officially opened in 2012, providing a home for then-resident choreographer, James Kudelka, and artistic director, Laurence Lemieux’s creative processes and intimate performances. Through remount initiatives, the company also dedicates itself to the preservation of important Canadian dance work, making available iconic repertoire to a new generation of dancers.
Since 2012 The Citadel has established itself as an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform and where the community can learn, communicate, and share. In 2017, the company formally became Citadel + Compagnie, to better reflect the stabilizing effect the ownership of The Citadel has had on the organization and its influence on the company’s mandate of nurturing creative excellence while fostering cultural participation.
Having created over twenty-five original works including Interiors, Les Paradis Perdus, and Looking for Elvis, Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux continues to refine her choreographic vision. From explosive, intimate creations like Love me out of it (which she performed with iconic Canadian punk band Teenage Head), to large scale works like Vimy 1917, that toured to France for the 100th anniversary of the battle, Lemieux continues to explore the extraordinary range of her choreographic voice through the company.
James Kudelka, Citadel + Compagnie’s resident choreographer from 2008-2020, was instrumental in positioning Citadel + Compagnie on the local and international scene. Over the course of his twelve-year tenure, Kudelka revisited many of his finest works, and contributed new, contemporary creations, including the beloved duet, Four Old Legs. His presence expanded the company’s public recognition, and increased audiences eager to see the work of one of the country’s finest choreographers.
In addition to supporting the the artistic activities of its dance company, the organization supports its performing arts series, Bright Nights; its dance fest, Night Shift; its training program, the Citadel Dance Program; and its residency program.
Citadel + Compagnie’s curated performing arts series, Bright Nights, cultivates Canadian contemporary dance, showcasing artists from diverse backgrounds, including emerging, Francophone and Indigenous choreographers. Night Shift, Citadel + Compagnie’s late-night dance fest furthers this cultivation by making space for the work of boundary pushing artists exploring and practicing within all forms of dance.
Under Lemieux’s leadership, Citadel + Compagnie has had a marked impact on its immediate community and fosters creative practice through its new umbrella Residency Program. Through its Creative Incubator Pilot Project, four artists and organizations—Syreeta Hector, Naishi Wang, adelheid and Nova Dance—have been invited to explore and expand their artistic projects at The Citadel. Additionally, The Citadel hosts KasheDance as its company-in-residence, wind in the leaves collective as its presenter-in-residence, and Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre as its lead community partner.
The Citadel Dance Program, established in 2012, cultivates dance within Citadel + Compagnie’s immediate neighbourhood, delivering free dance education to local youth, making dance both accessible and visible to those living within Regent Park, and increasing awareness of the art form.
Board of Directors
Lisa Richter Davey, Chair
William Milne, Treasurer
Laurence Lemieux (ex officio)
Acknowledgment of Traditional Land
Citadel + Compagnie would like to acknowledge the land on which we operate, the site of human activity for over 15,000 years.
This land is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to work, create and share on this land, and would like to express our gratitude to its original artists and caretakers.