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Allies and Friends (May)

May 26 - 27, 2023
8:00 PM @ The Citadel
Livestream May 27
Tickets: Not Currently Available

Livestream recording available until June 3.

wind in the leaves collective presents

allies and friends

Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to have presenter-in-residence wind in the leaves collective back for part three of their performance series allies and friends. This mixed bill fuses poetry and movement for an evening of intimate and insightful works by
Sina Bathiae with Anooheh Booryaee, Pamela Mordecai with Irma Villafuerte, and collective artists’ Jillia Cato with Aisha Nicholson, Ana Groppler with Kiah Francis, Shannon Litzenberger and Kevin A. Ormsby.

Approximate run time is 1 hour 30 minutes.


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Meet the Artists

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wind in the leaves collective


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.

Show Credits

Myself When I Am Real
Choreographed and performed by: Shannon Litzenberger

Civilization Day
Choreographed by: Ana Claudette Groppler
Performed by: Kiah Francis

Dance of Delight
Choreographed by: Sina Bathiae
Performed by: Sina Bathiae and Anooheh Booryaee

de Book of Mary
Choreographed by: Pamela Mordecai
Performed by: Pamela Mordecai and Irma Villafuerte

Pending Ruin: Centuries Of Survival After Next
Choreographed and performed by: Kevin A. Ormsby

“Once Home, Twice At Peace”
Choreographed by: Jillia Cato
Performed by: Aisha Nicholson

Lighting Designer: Eliajah Stefura
Stage Manager: Sharon DiGenova

Artist Notes

each performance in this series includes poetry/spoken word and dance.  this reflects the collective’s aesthetic practice whose roots trace through the african griot tradition, the harlem renaissance, and the black arts movement. such an approach to poetry and performance is shared by many cultures and, under the title tongues entwined, this series shares the commonalities and differences between performers, their heritage and artistic practice, and how these connect to ancestral visions in the contemporary and touch upon the social issues of our times.

Shannon Litzenberger

Choreographer / Performer

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Kevin A. Ormsby

Choreographer / Performer

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