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Allies and Friends (May)

May 26 - 27, 2023
8:00 PM @ The Citadel
Livestream on May 27


Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to have our presenter-in-residence back for their three-part performance series Allies and Friends. This mixed bill fuses poetry and movement for an evening of intimate and insightful performances by
Sina Bathiae, Tina Bararian, Pamela Mordecai and collective’s artists Ana Groppler with Bradyen Cairns, Jilla Cato, Shannon Litzenberger and Kevin A.Ormsby 

Meet the Artists

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charles c. smith


charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited fourteen books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios, drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. 

He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, edited three collections of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, Fiddlehead and others. He has received grants for writing from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. charles is the Executive Director of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario and Artistic Director of the wind in the leaves collective.  His recent books include: travelogue of the bereaved, The Dirty War: The Making of the Myth of Black Dangerousnesswhispers and destination out.  His most recent book of poems, Searching for Eastman, was released in September 2021 by Mawanzi House.


Tina Bararian
Bradyen Cairns
Jilla Cato
Ana Groppler
Shannon Litzenberger
Pamela Mordecai
Kevin A. Ormsby

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