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Programme 1

April 2, 2024 @ 7PM
April 4, 2024 @ 9PM
April 6, 2024 @ 7PM
April 7, 2024 @ 2PM
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1 World Premiere
1 Remount

Presented in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Programme, with support from DanceWorks.

Citadel Spring Mix Presents

Programme 1
Featuring Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser and Esie Mensah

 

Programme 1 is a double-bill featuring 2 works by Toronto choreographers Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser and Esie Mensah. The artists on this programme were selected by and supported through The National Ballet of Canada’s Open Space programme, providing each artist with a significant creation residency at the Walter Carsen Centre to support the development of the works you will see debuting here at Citadel Spring Mix!


Approximate run time is 55 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser

Calgary born, Toronto based artist Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser started her journey at a young age. Coming from a long lineage of musicians, dancers and entertainers, she came by her life as an artist honestly and organically. She got her start in performance and entertainment through dance which eventually led her to a career as a professional dance artist under the pseudonym ‘Lady C’ which she built a worldwide successful reputation.

As a dancer her main focus is in Street Dance culture, and although she has made her mark in this global community her training includes a background in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap Dance and most recently extends into Jazz Dance forms with Holla Jazz Dance Company. In 2012 she became a member of Soul Shifters Crew (USA) and a few years later also became a member of Symbiotic Monsters Crew (CAN).

Lady C has performed with Ebnfloh Dance Company (Montreal), Holla Jazz Dance Company (Toronto) and choreographed her own work including a live music & dance collaborative work titled Conversation which premiered with rave reviews at Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. She holds titles from renowned events such as Red Bull Dance Your Style Canada 2019, Juste Debout North America 2019 and was the recipient of 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, as well as Canadian Dancer of the Year.

Recently in 2022 Lady C was invited to judge the Locking category at one of the largest Street Dance events in the world Summer Dance Forever, and was also the Popping champion of Jack Of All Trades Festival.

Photo of Esie Mensah Photo by Mikka Gia Photography

Esie Mensah

Esie Mensah is an award-winning choreographer, director, dancer, movement director, educator, and TEDx speaker. A member of the Canadian Guild of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as a two-time Dora nominated artist who has worked with megastars like Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, and Arcade Fire to historic brands like Holt Renfrew, TIFF, Toronto Raptors, and more.

In theatre Mensah has created work for Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper Theatre, and recently directed Serving Elizabeth at Theatre Aquarius. Original creations include ZAYO, Dora-nominated Shades, and films A Revolution of Love, and TESSEL. Recently commissioned by Ballet Kelowna and Canada’s National Ballet School and was the choreographer for Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. 

Show Credits

Cymatix 

Choreographer/Performer: Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser
Production & Sound Design Collaboration: Gautham Siddartha Tiwari
Outside Eye: Kosi Eze, Natasha Powell 

ZAYO

Choreographer: Esie Mensah 
Performers: Rose-Mary “Rosie” Harbans, JA. Marie, Kwasi Obeng-Adjei, Monique Pascall, Eilish 미정 Shin-Culhane 
Composers: Yohance Parsons, Kobena Aqua-Harrison
Costumes: Esie Mensah 
Outside Eye: Zahra Badua 


Production Team

Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Associate Lighting Design: 
Mathilda Kane
Stage Manager:
Helin Gungoren
Production Manager:
Marianna Rosato
Technical Director: Eliajah Stefura
House Technician/Sound Engineer: Adam Achacon

Program

Cymatix 

Cymatic Phenomena is the study of visible sound. Cymatix explores the visual interpretation of sound and texture and the audio interpretation of movement, primarily using techniques from Popping, Boogaloo, Animation, Waving, Ticking and other related Street Dance forms.   

Ultimately the two realms are seamlessly blended into one audio-visual experience. 

ZAYO

In the story of ZAYO, we follow ‘The Chosen One’ who is awakened to pursue their destiny of ancestral ascension. The Beings/Ancestors support and test ‘The Chosen One’ as they go through a series of physical, and mental tests that determine if they are worthy of their destiny. This is an excerpt presentation. 

ZAYO is co-produced with the National Arts Centre and WhyNot Theatre.

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