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Living Dances

May 8, 2024 (VIP Event)
7PM @ The Citadel
May 9-11, 15-18, 2024
8PM @ The Citadel
Tickets: Not Currently Available

Join us for our special opening night VIP Event and be the first to see this remarkable collection of works, hear exclusive remarks, and enjoy a pre-show cocktail reception.

*A charitable receipt will be issued for $75 with the purchase of this ticket.

Citadel LIVE presents

Living Dances
Choreographed by James Kudelka

 

Living Dances is a collection of some of the most celebrated works by renowned choreographer James Kudelka. This triple-bill features a remount of Half an Hour of Our Time, originally commissioned by Moonhorse Dance Theatre in 2008, the moving duet, Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (1987), and the return of the critically acclaimed audience favourite The Man in Black (2010).

Meet the Artists

Photo of James Kudelka Photo by Alejandro Santiago

James Kudelka

Choreographer

James Kudelka is among todays’ most versatile and innovative dance artists. He has choreographed for many of the world’s leading ballet companies and for smaller contemporary troupes. His creative range reflects his eclectic musical interests, command of diverse movement idioms, and commitment to working collaboratively with artists from other disciplines.

Kudelka is renowned for distinctive versions of such classics as The Nutcracker and Cinderella – signature works of the National Ballet of Canada where he served as artistic director (1996-2005). Equally, Kudelka excels in making smaller-scaled dances that are rich in psychological implication and human drama. Born in Newmarket, Ontario and trained by Canada’s National Ballet School, Kudelka began choreographing as a student and continued throughout his dancing years with the National Ballet (1972-1981) and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1981-1990). He began an affiliation with Toronto’s Citadel + Compagnie in 2006 and as resident choreographer from 2008 – 2020 experimented with cross-disciplinary collaborations. As a teacher, Kudelka has worked with Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Ryerson University, and Canada’s National Ballet School, and he continues to work internationally as a choreographer. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and is among the 2020 Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame inductees. In 2023 Kudelka was honoured at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards with a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

Show Credits

Half an Hour of Our Time

Choreography: James Kudelka
Dancers: Laurence Lemieux & Zhenya Cerneacov (May 8, 10, 16, 18); Miyeko Ferguson & Jarrett Siddall (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis
Costume Design: Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for HOAX Couture
Rehearsal Direction: Danielle Baskerville, Johanna Bergfelt
Stage Management: Marianna Rosato

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier

Choreography: James Kudelka
Dancers: Lukas Malkowski & Jarrett Siddall (May 8, 10, 16, 18); Connor Mitton & Sully Malaeb Proulx (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
Music: Gavin Bryars, Jesus Blood never failed me yet
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Rehearsal Direction: Laurence Lemieux, Johanna Bergfelt
Stage Management: Marianna Rosato

The Man in Black

Choreography: James Kudelka
Dancers: Miyeko Ferguson, Tyler Gledhill, Connor Mitton, Sully Malaeb Proulx (May 8, 10, 16, 18); Natasha Poon Woo, Zhenya Cerneacov, Lukas Malkowski, Jarrett Siddall (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
Music: Six Covers, Sung by Johnny Cash
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter after Trad Burns
Costume Design: Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for HOAX Couture
Rehearsal Direction: Piotr Stanczyk, Johanna Bergfelt
Stage Management: Marianna Rosato

Program

Half an Hour of Our Time

James Kudelka’s Half an Hour of Our Time was originally commissioned by Moonhorse Dance Theatre, and performed by Claudia Moore and the late Dan Wild. This 30-minute work was primarily influenced by Jean Cocteau and Francis Poulenc’s one-act opera, La voix humaine. Performed in silence, this duet for a woman and a man is dense with incident. Everything that has bound this couple is now unravelling before us.

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (1987) was commissioned for the inaugural season of Montréal Danse; a remarkable duet exploring variations on the theme of not failing someone. Lifting or supporting a body always implies some kind of trust, and this choreography by James Kudelka distills this bedrock faith. The work has been performed by the company at venues across Canada and abroad, winning the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007.

The Man in Black

The Man in Black, originally commissioned by BalletMet Columbus and given its premiere in April 2010, is one of James Kudelka’s most enduring dances. The work is a celebration of American working-class grit and of the man whose gravelly voice embodied it so movingly, Johnny Cash. The choreography, like the songs that inspire it, is an ode to the human spirit, socially congenial yet proudly independent; vulnerable yet resilient.

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Zhenya Cerneacov 

Half an Hour of Our Time (May 8, 10, 16, 18)
The Man in Black (May 9, 11, 15, 17),

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Miyeko Ferguson 

Half an Hour of Our Time (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
The Man in Black (May 8, 10, 16, 18)

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Tyler Gledhill

The Man in Black (May 8, 10, 16, 18)

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Laurence Lemieux 

Half an Hour of Our Time (May 8, 10, 16, 18)

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Sully Malaeb Proulx 

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
The Man in Black (May 8, 10, 16, 18)

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Lukas Malkowski 

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (May 8, 10, 16, 18)
The Man in Black (May 9, 11, 15, 17) 

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Connor Mitton

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
The Man in Black (May 8, 10, 16, 18)

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Mélina Patry 

The Man in Black (understudy)

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Natasha Poon Woo

The Man in Black (May 9, 11, 15, 17)

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Jarrett Siddall 

Half an Hour of Our Time (May 9, 11, 15, 17)
Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (May 8, 10, 16, 18)
The Man in Black (May 9, 11, 15, 17)

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Derek Souvannavong 

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (understudy)

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