Citadel + Compagnie is excited to announce the second incarnation of Night Shift, a unique livestreamed event, co-presented with Fall for Dance North. Night Shift is an innovative take on presenting dance during these uncertain, pandemic times and will feature six powerful programs by Toronto-based performers, directed by Oscar-nominated Barbara Willis Sweete, and filmed live from The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, 2020 and available for free at citadelcie.com.
“We were delighted by the response to our open call earlier this summer, and we have been working hard to imagine creative ways to fulfill our mission of celebrating and supporting dancers and choreographers,” says C+C artistic director, Laurence Lemieux. “We are so excited to be presenting this extraordinary lineup of dance and venturing into this new livestream format.”
Currently in its second season, Night Shift has a mandate of presenting artists working in any and all forms of dance, and providing artistic and technical consultation for its Toronto-based artists. After receiving an overwhelming 101 applications, curators Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid and Santee Smith reviewed the work with careful consideration and have selected six outstanding works submitted by Daniel Gomez, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Newton Moraes, Natasha Poon Woo, Swadhi Ranganee, and Irma Villafuerte.
“We need dance now more than ever to make sense of our world. This year’s Night Shift responds to these historic times with six stellar soloists, offering their dances to soothe our souls,” says curator, Nova Bhattacharya of Nova Dance.
“Last year, Night Shift was an immersion into forms live in the same space,” says curator Jon Drops Reid from Making Moves Creative House. “This year is a unique journey into forms created in live performance video that will shift the way we think of live experience and how dancers flow between mediums.”
For this online shift, C+C has enlisted Barbara Willis Sweete, former director of the Metropolitan Opera livestreams, who will be transforming The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance into a film studio – bringing her unparalleled experience and vision to capture live dance on screen in these challenging times. Following each performance, C+C’s Laurence Lemieux will be sitting down with the performers for a livestreamed candid post-show discussion.
This year, C+C is proud to be co-presenting Night Shift with Fall for Dance North, working together to reach new audiences through both partnership and the digital world.
Join us! Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, 2020 at 9pm EDT at citadelcie.com.
Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada. Night Shift is co-presented with Fall for Dance North.