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Creative Incubator/Residencies

The Citadel’s Creative Incubator and Residency Programs build on relationships that have been cultivated between The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance and artists and organizations within the dance community to extend support beyond presentation, and foster creative practice through the allocation of space, time, and production and administration resources.

Expanding on the company’s existing values of inclusion, collaboration, accessibility and trust, Citadel + Compagnie is furthering its impact by creating more space for more artists at its home, The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance.

The Residency Program has been developed as part of a long-term structural transition in response to recent calls for social justice alongside adapting to the realities of investing in performance art during COVID-19. Citadel + Compagnie is excited by the program’s potential for the interlocking of communities to create an expanding network of artistic exchange within Toronto.

Our programs offer the following three pillars of engagement:
The Creative Incubator Pilot Project
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Creative incubator

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Syreeta Hector

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 School’s Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University.

Her work “Black Ballerina” focuses on the dualities within one’s identity, along with Syreeta’s 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” took place through the support of Citadel + Compagnie, Canadian Stage, and the Kaaitheatre.