Citadel Online

Citadel Online is a 10-week online performing arts series that looks back at some of the wonderful works that have taken place at The Citadel over the years, highlighting both previously presented Bright Nights artists and Citadel + Compagnie repertoire. 

Every Tuesday at 2PM between April 28 and July 7a new work will be released and remain available for viewing for the duration of one week.

This series has been developed as a response to our current state of isolation due to the global pandemic, and the footage shared is archival. Nothing can replace the power of live performance. It is its ‘liveness’ that defines it. Live performance is what we do, how we engage and how we communicate. It allows for a visceral experience; a human experience; it allows for empathy. 

But in this time of social distancing, when theatres are dark, we are all apart and we are turning to our screens for connection, we hope that this series may serve as a reminder of the grace, beauty and humanity that dance can uniquely offer.

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Citadel Online Series Lineup

April 28, 2020 – May 5, 2020

Taking Breath by Naishi Wang

May 5, 2020 – May 12, 2020

FUNNY/FUNERAL by Sabina Perry

May 12, 2020 – May 19, 2020

Les Paradis Perdus / Remix by Laurence Lemieux

May 19, 2020 – May 26, 2020

unmoored choreography/direction by Sarah Chase, text/performance by Peggy Baker

May 26, 2020 – June 1, 2020

Malcolm by James Kudelka

June 9, 2020 – June 16, 2020

As she shall obtain such command of her mass vein passageways by Allison Cummings

June 16, 2020 – June 23, 2020

Just Words by Serge Bennathan

June 23, 2020 – June 30, 2020

There she was by Jane Alison McKinney

June 30, 2020 – July 7, 2020

Serpent People by Penny Couchie

July 7, 2020 – July 14, 2020

baseline by Heidi Strauss

Citadel Online Donation Campaign

We have been truly humbled by the support of our patrons since the onset of the pandemic, as many have generously donated the value of their cancelled tickets towards Citadel + Compagnie.

Artists are accustomed to working in precarity however the current situation has left even the most established artists uncertain as to what the future holds.

In the weeks to come, as you enjoy the work of the exceptional artists shared here, please consider making a donation to our Citadel Online Fundraising Campaign. The cost of a ticket at The Citadel is $20, and even this small amount could make a difference in the day to day lives of the artists you admire.

75% of funds raised will go directly to the artists presented, with the remaining 25% going towards Citadel + Compagnie so that we may continue to work to provide essential creation and presentation opportunities within the Toronto dance community.

For Citadel + Compagnie works, funds will be dispersed among the entire creative team, including performers and designers.

We understand that at this time every dollar counts. If you are able to help and would prefer your full donation amount go directly to any of the artists shared here, please contact Kaitlin at to make arrangements.

Help us Raise Funds for Our Artists


What is Citadel Online?

Citadel Online is a 10-week online performing arts series that looks back at some of the wonderful works that have taken place at The Citadel over the of years. 

New performances will be shared every Tuesday at 2PM and will be available for one week after the event goes live. 

Why 2PM?

Because every day is a matinee!

As we collectively learn what it is to experience Zoom fatigue, we have decided to release performances at 2PM as a way to encourage viewers to take a break in their day and enjoy the beauty of dance.

But don’t worry, performances remain available for an entire week. Watch when the timing’s right, or return for multiple viewings.

What is the Series Lineup?

April 28, 2020 – Taking Breath 

Concept/Choreography and PerformanceNaishi Wang 

Outside EyePaul-André Fortier and Ginelle Chagnon 

DramaturgyIvy Wang and Francoise Hüsges 

Lighting DesignIvy Wang 


May 5, 2020 – FUNNY/FUNERAL 

Funny Girl 

Choreography/Costume/Text/StageSabina Perry 

PerformerSabina Perry 

LightingGabriel Cropley/Sabina Perry 

Original Composition/SoundscapeA Glacier 


May 12, 2020 – Les Paradis Perdus / Remix 

Presented by Citadel + Compagnie 

ChoreographyLaurence Lemieux 

Performers: Christopher Butterfield, Luke Garwood, Erin Poole 

Original CompositionChristopher Butterfield 

Lighting DesignSimon Rossiter 

Costume DesignJane Townsend 

Barkeep: Andrew McCormack


May 19, 2020 – unmoored 

Choreography/DirectionSarah Chase 

Text/PerformancePeggy Baker 

Sound DesignDebashis Sinha 

Arabic VocalistMaryem Hassan Tollar 

Lighting DesignMarc Parent 


May 26, 2020 – Malcolm (Citadel + Compagnie) 

ChoreographyJames Kudelka (in collaboration with Bill Coleman and Malcolm) 

Original Composition & PianistDustin Peters 

Puppet-makerNell Coleman 

Lighting Design & ScenographySimon Rossiter 

Costume DesignHOAX Couture 


June 9, 2020 – As she shall obtain such command of her mass vein passageways 

ChoreographerAllison Cummings 

Performer: Kaitlin Standeven 

Sound and Costume DesignValerie Calam / Company Vice Versa 

Set DesignAllison Cummings 

Lighting DesignSimon Rossiter 


June 16, 2020 – Just Words 

Text and choreographySerge Bennathan 

PerformersKarissa Barry, Hilary Maxwell, Serge Bennathan 

ComposerBertrand Chénier 

Lighting designerJames Proudfoot 


June 23, 2020 – There she was 

Choreographer/PerformerJane Alison McKinney 

Lighting DesignNoah Feaver 


June 30, 2020 – Serpent People 

Co-Artistic Director / Community Engaged ChoreographerPenny Couchie 

PerformersNorth Bay, Nipissing First Nation and Toronto artists /community and artists of Aanmitaagzi 

Community Engaged DesignerMegan Paulin 

July 7, 2020 – baseline 

Choreographed, written and performed by: Heidi Strauss 

Sound and projection designJeremy Mimnagh 

Lighting designKaitlin Hickey 

Dramaturgy & collaborationSusanna Fournier & Erin Brubacher 

Outside EyeGinelle Chagnon 


How Can You Support?

As you enjoy the work of the exceptional artists shared here, please consider making a donation to our Citadel Online Fundraising Campaign. We suggest $20, the price of admission at a live performance, but no amount is too small.

If you cannot make a donation, please share this page or the artist page specifically.

Thank you.

Media Inquiries?

Want to learn more about Citadel Online or any of the other initiatives at Citadel + Compagnie? Please contact Kaitlin at

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