Presented in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Programme, with support from DanceWorks.
Programme 1 is a double-bill featuring 2 world premieres 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.
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.Read more + Read less -
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.
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.Read more + Read less -
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.