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Julie et L’univers

October 20-22, 2022
8:00 pm @ Fleck Dance Theatre
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World Premiere 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Inspired by a painting of Jean-Paul Lemieux’s, and set in a wintry landscape reminiscent of Lemieux’s childhood in Quebec City, the work explores the interior lives of three young women on the cusp of adulthood, alternating between the utter wonderment and discovery of youth and the uncertainty and loneliness of adolescence.

 


Approximate run time is 60 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Laurence Lemieux Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

Laurence Lemieux

Choreographer

Laurence Lemieux is a dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Citadel + Compagnie. Born in Québec City, Laurence studied dance at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, and at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). She danced for TDT from 1986 to 1998, winning a Dora Mavor Moore award in 1998 for her interpretation of Christopher House’s Cryptoversa.

Lemieux has choreographed over thirty original works and has danced for some of Canada’s most prominent choreographers, including Margie Gillis, James Kudelka, and Jean-Pierre Perreault. Lemieux is a passionate advocate for the arts and is President of the board of Daniel Leveillé Danse in Montreal. In 2012, Lemieux created The Citadel Dance Program, bringing high quality, free dance classes to children and youth living in Regent Park. 

Photo of Morgyn Aronyk-Schell  Photo by Morgyn Aronyk-Schell

Morgyn Aronyk-Schell 

Performer

Morgyn (She/They) is a freelance contemporary dance artist and an arts educator for youth and seniors through Tiger Princess Dance Project’s ‘Moving Stories’, and ‘Swallowing Clouds’ programs. They are a co-creator of ‘Blank Space’, a series of movement-based community workshops.

She moved from Edmonton, AB to T’karonto to study at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s professional training program, graduating in 2019. Following graduation, they travelled to Mexico for a residency with La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán. Since then, she has worked with Frog in Hand, Human Body Expression, Kaeja d’Dance, Peggy Baker, the Citadel + Compagnie, the wind in the leaves collective, and Tiger Princess Dance Projects, and has performed in Nextfest, the Toronto and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, InSitu, Dance Ontario DanceWeekend, SummerWorks and the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur. 

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Sierra Chin Sawdy

Performer

Sierra Chin Sawdy (she/her) is an independent dance artist and arts educator based in Tkaronto. Since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formally Ryerson University) BFA Dance program, she has had the opportunity to work and perform with Alysa Pires Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Brodie Stevenson, Citadel + Compagnie, Dancetheatre David Earle, Dusk Dances, Emma Kerson, Hanna Kiel, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Aria Evans/Political Movement, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, and Toronto Heritage Dance.

She has toured throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel, and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned artists. She has toured throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned artists.

Photo of Jeanie Chung Photo by Bo Huang

Jeanie Chung

Pianist

Pianist Jeanie Chung enjoys a rewarding performing and teaching life. She has given solo recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

Recent and long-term collaborations include projects with Barry Shiffman, Andres Diaz, Colin Carr, Rachel Mercer, Ian Swensen, Yehonatan Berick, Mayumi Seiler; Susan Hoeppner, Ian Clarke, Frank Morelli, Shalom Bard, YaoGuang Zhai; William Vermeulen, Michael Sachs; Alexander Dobson; Laurence Lemieux, Margie Gillis, and Tedd Robinson. 
Following her studies at The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she attended the Juilliard School where she obtained Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Her principal teachers have been Boris Lysenko, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Herbert Stessin. 
Ms. Chung was the recipient of the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and numerous grants from the Canada Council and Chalmers Fund. 
She is a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the Taylor Academy for Young Artists.

Photo of Claire Whitaker Photo by Kendra Epik

Claire Whitaker

Performer

Claire is a freelance dance artist based in Toronto. After graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, her class did a residency with La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán in Mexico. Claire attended the Gaga Intensive at Orsolina 28, TransFormation Danse and online Dance Church classes organized by Kate Wallich.

Claire has worked and performed under Colleen Snell (Fringe, 2018), Citadel + Compagnie (2019-22), and Kylie Thompson (Fringe, 22) and is a member of the Wind In The Leaves collective. Most recently, Claire has been collaborating with two collective artists in curating social events around poetry and dance.

Show Credits

Choreographer:
Laurence Lemieux
Performers:
Morgyn Aronyk-Schell
Sierra Chin Sawdy
Claire Whitaker

Pianist:
Jeanie Chung

Music:
Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960’
Lighting Design:
Noah Feaver
Set Design:
Simon Rossiter
Costume Design:
Krista Dowson
Dramaturge:
Dedra McDermott

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