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Living Dances


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 (2008), the moving duet, Soudain l’Hiver Dernier (1987), and the critically acclaimed audience favourite The Man in Black (2010).

Half an Hour of Our Time (30 minutes)

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 (17 minutes)

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 (23 minutes)

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.

“Only such a master of his craft as James Kudelka could draw from the vernacular of American country-western dance styles to create a work so inventive, so alert to the music and their lyrics, and so deeply moving.”
— The Toronto Star (2013)

Creative Team

Choreography: James Kudelka
Music: Gavin Bryars, Jesus Blood never failed me yet (Soudain l’Hiver Dernier), Six Covers, Sung by Johnny Cash (The Man in Black)
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter (Soudain l’Hiver Dernier), Christopher Dennis (Half an Hour of Our Time), Simon Rossiter after Trad Burns (The Man in Black)
Costume Design: Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for HOAX Couture (Half an Hour of Our Time & The Man in Black)
Rehearsal Direction: Laurence Lemieux (Soudain l’Hiver Dernier The Man in Black), Danielle Baskerville (Half an Hour of Our Time)
Stage Management: Marianna Rosato

Tour Details

  • 6 on-stage performers
  • 8 people on tour
  • Designed for intimate spaces
  • Also fits any theatrical stage
  • Special equipment – The company travels with a special floor and a piece scenery (Half an Hour of Our Time)
  • 70-minute run time (with pause and intermission)

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Soudain l’Hiver Dernier and The Man in Black in rehearsal (2023-24).

“Kudelka’s work is a masterpiece.” 

— The Globe and Mail 

about The Compagnie

Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Compagnie de la Citadelle is a Canadian professional dance organization that creates, produces and presents works on local, national, and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in Toronto.

Having created over twenty-five original works, Lemieux continues to refine her choreographic vision with works ranging from intimate solos like A Perfect Day, to large scale ensemble works like Vimy 1917. From 2008-2020, James Kudelka, one of Canada’s finest choreographers, served as the company’s resident choreographer, allowing him to revisit some of his greatest works while making way for challenging new contemporary creations.

Through remount initiatives, the Compagnie is also dedicated to the preservation of important Canadian dance work, making available iconic repertoire to a new generation of dancers, including the work of the late Jean-Pierre Perreault.

Since its foundation in 2000, Compagnie de la Citadelle has toured extensively, travelling to Russia, Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival, and Vimy, France, as well as major U.S. tours to L.A., Louisiana, Portland, the acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, and The Battery Dance Festival in NYC.