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allies and friends (November)

November 10-11, 2023
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: Irma Villafuerte & Jessica Zepeda, Nickeshia Garrick and witlc members Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and charles c. smith with Victoria Matasoledad.

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

Find Your Rhythm 
Choreographer, Performer, Music, Costume Design: Nickeshia Garrick 

Nickeshia Garrick’s Find your Rhythm investigates intersections of mind/body intelligence, exploring how text/poetry hold rhythm within the body. How the weight of words informs movement and connects the intellectual instincts. 

At Sushit Tal. Agua flor tierra
Creator and Performer:
Irma Villafuerte, Jessica Zepeda
Music: Jessica Zepeda

Irma Villafuerte performs a solo with text in Spanish/English. 
New Orbit
Choreographers and Performers: Morgyn Aronyk-Schell, charles c. smith, Victoria Matasoledad
Poetry: charles c. smith

witlc members Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and charles c. smith will perform with Victoria Matasoledad new orbit: poems and piano that shares the passing of time/lives/deaths of a Black immigrant family. 

Artist Notes

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’.

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Nickeshia Garrick

Choreographer / Performer

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Victoria Mata Soledad

Choreographer / Performer

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Irma Villafuerte

Choreographer / Performer

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