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allies and friends (May)

May 31-June 1, 2024
8PM @ The Citadel
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wind in the leaves collective

Approximate run time is 100 minutes.

Citadel LIVE presents

allies and friends: tongues entwined
wind in the leaves collective


Featuring works by: Jasper Bryan and Rajvi Dedhia, Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier, Meaningful Movement, Pulga Muchochoma, and witlc artists Nickeshia Garrick and charles c. smith.

Presenter-in-residence, wind in the leaves collective, returns with part three 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

@profile excerpt 

Choreographer: Meaningful Movement
Performers: Natalia Arancibia, Gabriela June Braithwaite, Abbey Richens, Zuri Skeete
Poet: January Paige  

Next World: movement + words

Choreographed and Performed by: Rajvi Dedhia
DJ and Poet: Jasper Bryan  

Pillar of You (II) 

Choreographer: Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier
Performers: Arin Aronyk-Schell, Tavia Christina, Kiah Francis   


Choreographer and Performer: Pulga Muchochoma
Costume Design: Pulga Muchochoma 

Tryptich and Doorway of No Return 

Choreographer: Nickeshia Garrick
Poet: charles c. smith
Performers: charles c. smith, Nickeshia Garrick 

Production Team

Lighting Designer: Eliajah Stefura
Production Stage Manager: Sharon DiGenova

Artist Note

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’. 


@profile excerpt 

This work is an excerpt from a series of improvised scores from Meaningful Movement’s interactive dance exhibition @profile (happening monthly with emerging dance artists.)   

Next World: movement + words

What does it mean to love in the apocalypse? To bring hope to dystopia? To forgive, destroy, and create? In our world of climate disaster, conflict, oppression, and heartbreak, we need art more than ever. Poetry and dance remind us of our humanity, and in this piece, Jasper Bryan (poet) and Rajvi Dedhia (dancer) explore what it means for them to be human in 2024: holding the heaviness and lightness in all its complexities.  

This piece started as an improvisation between two strangers at Mallo Nights in October 2023. Since then, it has evolved into a living multimedia performance artwork that reflects Jasper and Rajvi’s creative relationship. Art creates connection, and they hope to carry the audience on a journey of connection with them.   

Pillar of You (II) 

Pillar of You (II) is a further exploration of Pillar of You, a work that explores the pillars – or central building blocks of who we are, with a focus around queer relationships of all kinds and how our queerness intersects with our personal experiences from childhood to today. It explores the personal stories and memories of the cast through movement and text – demonstrating the unique experiences of each performer, with common yet differing connections to queerness. 


This work explores the idea and the process of wanting and being wanted. 

The changes and adjustments that we have to make in order to step up or step down. 

The questions of what we do in order to make space or take space? 

Who are we? What are we and where are we really? 

Tryptich and Doorway of No Return 

Two pieces that capture the provocative experience of rage, resistance, memory of ancestors and contemporary protests. Based on charles’ poetry and Nickeshia’s solo dance/choreography, these two pieces work with the music of Mex Roach’s Freedom Now Suite and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra’s interpretation of Ornette Coleman’s War Orphans. 

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Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier


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Nickeshia Garrick

Choreographer / Performer

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Pulga Muchochoma

Choreographer / Performer

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