Black Ballerina

Free Livestream
November 27, 2020 at 7pm EST

Limited time replay available until November 28 at midnight 

Choreographer and Performer: Syreeta Hector
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre

Based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship to race, and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerina brings an unbridled energy to the inugural show of Citadel LIVE.

The 2019 performance of an earlier version of Black Ballerina was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Black Ballerina

Choreographer and Dancer: Syreeta Hector 
Movement Dramaturg: Seika Boye (2017-2020); Dedra McDermott (2020)
Outside Eye: J. Adam Brown 
Lighting Design: Noah Feaver 
Stage Management: Helin Gungoren
Sound Design: Germaine Liu and Mark Zurawinski
Music from: Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures, Marie Davidson, Richard Reed Parry, A Tribe Called Red, Kendrick Lamar 
Technical/Set Design: Elissa Horscroft, Tristan Goethel, Mary Spyrakis: Thank you to Canadian Stage
Costume Alterations: Kleanthi Markakis
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete

Syreeta Hector’s Acknowledgments:

Here, I must acknowledge my ancestors – my Mi’kmaq, Black and French Acadian relations. Thank you to J. Adam Brown, Laurence Lemieux for your continuous support and encouragement. Thank you to the technical team at Canadian Stage for delivering piano benches and organic baby powder. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support of me and my artistic career.

The development of the full-length version of Black Ballerina is taking place through the support of Citadel + Compagnie, Canadian Stage, and the Kaaitheatre.  

Syreeta Hector

Choreographer and Performer

Syreeta Hector is a dance artist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies like Adelheid Dance Projects, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Political Movement, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet Schools Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University.  

Her work called Black Ballerina” focuses on the dualities within one’s identity, along with Syreetas blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. This short work in progress solo gained recognition at the SummerWorks Festival in 2019. Here, the piece won the Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research and Creation. The condensed version of the piece was also performed at the Citadel Dance Mix 2019. Here, the performance was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award.  

The development of the full-length version of Black Ballerina” is taking place through the support of Citadel + Compagnie, Canadian Stage, and the Kaaitheatre. Syreeta is currently one of the Luminato Artists in Residence for the 2020-2021 season. 

Seika Boye

Movement Dramaturg (2017-2020)

Dr. Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is a Lecturer in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies/Director of the Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto. Seika’s writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and magazines and she is the curator of the archival exhibition  It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970.  Seika  was  an artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario 2018-19 and she currently works as movement dramaturg with artists/collectives including  Natasha Powell/Holla Jazz, Syreeta Hector and Mix Mix Dance Collective.  

Dedra McDermott

Movement Dramaturg (2020)

Dedra McDermott is a dancer, choreographer, and aspiring educator based in Toronto. Her performance scope includes the diverse worlds of theatre, film and television. Selected credits include Disney’s “Zombies” and “Zombies 2”, Royal Caribbean Productions, fu-GEN Theatre, Rodney Diverlus, Gadfly, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, and “American Gods” on Starz Network. In addition to her performance career, Dedra is also embarking on a new path as an emerging movement dramaturg. Through dramaturgy, she intends to serve her community and stimulate creative spaces for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) stories to be shared. She recently earned a Master of Arts from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto, focusing on movement dramaturgy and developing new choreographic facilitation methods.

Noah Feaver

Lighting Design

Noah Feaver is a Dora Award-nominated lighting designer originally from Vancouver BC, now residing in Toronto, working in dance, theatre, and opera. Education includes the Ryerson School of Performance and The Banff Centre, as well as mentorships with several prominent Canadian lighting designers. Noah is a member of the  Associated Designers of Canada. 

J. Adam Brown

Outside Eye

Over the last two decades, J. Adam has starred in 45 television shows and films, including SYFY’s “The Expanse”, ABC’s “Rookie Blue”, and Global’s “Private Eyes”. J. Adam created the 2018 IPF digital musical series  HAUNTERS, currently airing on KindaTV with 500K+ views and winner of BEST ENSEMBLE at TO Webfest. J. Adam made a 22-minute broadcast featurette about Denis Villeneuve’s,  ENEMY, that was featured on the  homepage, and‘s Playlist. His short films have screened in New York, Milan, Shanghai, Toronto, and Birmingham. His most recent one,  DUST, premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and is being developed into a feature film for release in 2020. 

Helin Gungoren

Stage Management

Based in Toronto, Helin Gungoren works primarily as a stage manager with a focus on dance, festivals and events. She is also the current administrative and arts education assistant for tiger princess dance projects. Her recent stage management credits include this happened… (Granite Motion Gallery/Bright Nights at Citadel + Cie.), Citadel Dance Mix 2019 (Citadel + Cie), NIGHT SHIFT (Citadel + Cie), A Two Piece (Hamilton Fringe), YES (SummerWorks), one for five (STDT/SummerWorks). She received her BFA in Performance Production from Ryerson’s School of Performance.

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