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Residency + Creative Incubator Program

Citadel + Compagnie’s Residency and Creative Incubator Program builds on relationships that have been cultivated with artists and organizations in 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.

Introduced in 2020, C+C’s Residency and Creative Incubator Program redistributes resources to support the work of seven local artists and organizations. The program has been instrumental in the organization’s reflection and response to calls for social justice. The invitation to Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of colour to make The Citadel their home has put into practice what it is to question systems of power and invite opportunities for meaningful connection, learning and change.

Learn more about the participating artists and organizations below.

Creative Incubator
Company-in-Residence
Presenter-in-Residence
Community Partner

Creative Incubator

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Syreeta Hector

syreetahector.com

Syreeta Hector is a dance artist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies adelheid, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Toronto Dance Theatre.

She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Dance Arts Institute (formerly The School of Toronto Dance Theatre), and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. Her solo work “Black Ballerina” has garnered national attention and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual in 2021. The solo was most recently presented in October 2023 by Prismatic Arts Festival in Halifax, NS.


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Naishi Wang

www.naishi.dance

Born in Changchun, China, Naishi Wang began his training at Jilin College of Art before moving to Canada in 2004 to attend The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre for nine years, and in 2015 embarked on an independent career.

As an award-winning performer and independent choreographer, Naishi’s development aligns with his belief that the performing arts offer an imaginary perspective, and is interested in pushing the art form in the 21st century. He has collaborated with Berlin-based artist Christoph Winkler, and in 2009 was commissioned by SXM studio in Beijing to create concept-based dance works.

In 2018, he premiered his celebrated solo Taking Breath at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, later to be presented in Montreal, Halifax, and Hamburg, Germany. Naishi is Creative Incubator artist at Citadel + Compagnie in Toronto, and artist-in-residence at La Serre – arts vivants in Montreal. His most-recent collaboration with U.K.-based Jean Abreu, Deciphers, has been supported by the Small Scale Creation Fund (CanDance) and the NAC-CCA Visiting Dance Artist Program. It premiered in January 2024 at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver, with subsequent tour dates in Toronto and Montreal.


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adelheid

www.adelheid.ca

adelheid creates dance and performance works centring on relationships: relationships between people, relationships with space, place and the environment, and our relationship with the current moment – the world we navigate together.

We are interested in the questions dance inherently asks around human behaviour, and the potential performance has to shift perspectives, and allow for reflection.  Collaborating with artists, considering audience experience, animating public space and integrating different media allows us to be constantly learning, and evolving our thinking and approach. Important to us is supporting others in our programming; we do this through Cohort (for makers integrating smartphones into creation) and re:research (for emerging dance creators).  

adelheid is grateful to have had support of residencies at the Factory Theatre (2008-2012), The Theatre Centre (2013-2016), and Harbourfront Centre (2019).  These opportunities gave space for Dora Award winning works like ‘this time’, and ‘what it’s like’ to be created.


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Nova Dance

www.novadance.ca

Nova Dance  brings new ideas to stages and sites, re-inventing the possibilities of the artform. The company breaks down conventions, encourages new talent and works with artists from many art forms and a multitude of backgrounds to create a community that celebrates the life-force of art in our lives. 

The company presents critically acclaimed works and arts events, creating a context for an array of dance artists to take space with their art. Equity is in the DNA of Nova Dance, and we believe that bringing differences together always leads to greater things. The company is dedicated to creating meaningful points of intersection for dance and audiences; supporting artists; and celebrating the role of the arts in a vital society. 

Founded by Nova Bhattacharya in 2008 the company has established a body of work that has garnered awards, international recognition, and most importantly made connections with audiences and communities.

company-in-residence

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KasheDance

www.kashedance.com

Embodying artistic diversity in technique and choreography, KasheDance echoes in a new genealogy of Afro contemporary dance supported by presentation, outreach initiatives in communities and in education.

The company creates within a three-pronged CRP model where Creative / Research / Presentation, is supported by further creative inquiry with the Critical Response Process pioneered by Liz Lerman and grounded in Collaboration, Representation and Partnerships. KasheDance finds inspiration from visual arts, music, mixed media and spoken word and is creatively and socially curious about how dance can fuel focused and progressive conversations around our practice while situating people and audiences in cross-cultural engagement. KasheDance’s production FACING Home: Love and Redemption was voted in Top 10 2015 performance in Madison, Wisconsin, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Madison Dance Department and has toured to ten cities in US, Canada and the Caribbean. The work was the featured performance event of the USVI, St. Croix Pride 2019.

presenter-in-residence

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wind in the leaves collective

www.windintheleavescollective.com

The ‘wind in the leaves collective’ has developed a significant body of work over the past decade. Our unique approach to multi-disciplinary performance takes its lead from the artistic director’s poetry which is explored and choreographed by dancers, musicians and video artists.

This collaboration across disciplines has been successful in engaging audiences and building a profile for this type of performance.  The ‘collective’ is now staging performances with other artists that involve similar elements, i.e., connecting poetry with dance and music in creation and performance.  The ‘collective’ has been approached by the Citadel to curate performances and is now Presenter-in-Residence at The Citadel where selected artists will share the stage and advance the notion of poetry and dance as a seamless art form practiced by racialized and Indigenous artists and drawing from historic pre-colonial practices made contemporary.