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allies and friends (March)

March 22-23, 2024
8PM @ The Citadel
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wind in the leaves collective

Citadel LIVE presents

allies and friends: tongues entwined
wind in the leaves collective


Featuring works by: Lillia Leon, Victoria Mata Soledad, and Newton Moraes.

Presenter-in-residence, wind in the leaves collective, returns with part two of their three-part performance series allies and friends, fusing poetry and movement for an evening of intimate and insightful performances.

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. Since the start of 2020-21 season, the ‘collective’ has been Presenter-in-Residence at The Citadel where selected artists 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

STILL (work-in-progess)
Choreographer/Performer/Writer (opening text): Lilia Leon
Dramaturge/Choreographic Advisor: Anita La Selva
Poetry: Pablo Neruda,  Me gustas cuando callas/ I like for you to be still
Music Editing: Camil@ Diaz-Varela, including various contemporary works 

Previous development coaching with Sebastian Mena and Lina de Guevara through My Neruda, movement/ voice workshop (2013). 
Development coaching with Gerry Trentham through About to…being, solo writing workshop (2024). 

My dance is not a hobby!!!! 
Choreographer/Performer: Newton Moraes
Poetry: Ricardo Sternberg
Music: Glendu, Strobe, Fade  

Created with the support from the wind in the leaves collective. Many thank you also to Citadel + Compagnie, TDT and Dance Arts Institute. 

Un Domo Full of Strangers. 
Victoria Mata Soledad
Music Composition/Live Performance:
DJ Didicious aka Jen Duverge
Poetry Excerpts:
Victoria Mata Soledad and Gloria Anzaldua

Production Team

Lighting Designer: Eliajah Stefura
Stage Manager: Sharon DiGenova


Themed ‘tongues entwined’, this season of allies and friends features Latinx and Black artists working in multi-and inter-arts forms involving poetry/dance/music. Each presentation has been curated to bring these artists together in ways that will accent this intention and bring these performances before diverse audiences.  The format for performances follows the unique aesthetic of the wind in the leaves collective, which derives from the ancestral practices of West African Griots, the expressiveness of Black slaves in minstrel/vaudeville performances, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts Movement, the inter-connections between Black music (jazz/blues) and poetic expression, and the impact of the ‘choreo-poem’. 

STILL (work-in-progess)

By re-imagining a work that was first created in 2023, the artist is exploring memory, the impermanence of time, and the ways in which we evolve through the trials of life.

My dance is not a hobby!!!! 

“Dance is more than just a hobby to me—it’s a vital expression of my identity and journey. At 62 years old, as an LGBTQ man, I’m committed to continuing my performances. Drawing inspiration from a rich tapestry of influences, including remarkable artists and my own journey of self-acceptance, each step I take is imbued with meaning…”

Un Domo Full of Strangers.   

Inspired T’koronto’s lost rivers due to urban developments, Victoria Mata Soledad and DJ Didicious explore the disposability and loneliness of humanity in the city’s hectic daily grind.  The artists weave poetry by Queer Chicana Gloria Anzaldua and Victoria Mata to cradle the artist’s permanent nostalgia for the South and the lossness in the North which is lamented by DJ Didicious Sonic Landscape.

Victoria Mata Soledad

Choreographer / Performer

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Newton Moraes

Choreographer / Performer

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Jen Duverge ‘DJ Didicious’ 

Music Composition / Performer

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