Night Shift is an exciting annual series produced by Citadel + Compagnie and co-presented with Fall for Dance North, celebrating the many dance forms explored and practiced by Ontario-based movement makers.
Join us at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, for an immersive experience like no other. Enjoy nine unique performances from artists: Ana Claudette Groppler, Candace Kumar, Carleen Zouboules & Vania Dodoo-Beals, Kieran Heralall, Kiyo Asaoka, Mushtari Afroz & Christine Samuel, Samantha Sutherland, Sofía Ontiveros and Stuti Mukherjee.
Programmed by distinguished dance artists Penny Couchie, Christine Friday and Dedra McDermott, this highly anticipated late-night dance series returns live September 29 – October 1, 2022. All performances begin at 10PM EDT.
Penny is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous multi-arts company committed to community engaged projects that promote well-being, strengthen relationships with the land, and incorporate intergenerational approaches. In 2016, Penny received the K.M. Hunter Award for Dance through the Ontario Arts Council. Over the past 20 years, Penny has been a guest instructor at schools throughout Canada and the U.S., including the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, where she has been a faculty member and choreographer since 1998.
She is deeply connected to the cultural wellness of her Anishinaabe people. Her company, Friday Creeations, a film and stage Production Company, has allowed her to transition her skills into filmmaking to broaden her audience while fulfilling her potential. Christine is the recipient of the 2018 K.M. Hunter Award for Dance through the Ontario Arts Council. She is currently building a Cultural Creation Centre in her community of Bear Island, Lake Temagami.
Dedra McDermott (she/her) is a Black, new generation artist and movement dramaturg based in Tkaronto. She has a keen interest in performance and choreographic methodology, visual and digital arts, and divergent approaches to engaging with archival practices.
She has earned a Master of Arts from The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto and recently completed a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship in Artistic Production (Curation and Dramaturgy) with adelheid (2021-22).
Selected credits: fu-GEN Theatre, Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware, Laurence Lemieux, Syreeta Hector, and “American Gods” on Starz Network.
Some companies Helin has worked with/for include Canadian Stage, princess productions, Political Movement, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Soulpepper Academy, Granite Motion Gallery, and Wild Rabbit dance projects. She received her BFA in Performance Production from TMU’s School of Performance.
A graduate of the Toronto Metropolitan University Performance Production + Design program, they’ve worked on performances and workshops in a variety of genres, including dance, theatre, opera, and live music. Dedicated to life-long learning, Emerson gravitates towards projects that explore the richness and complexity of diverse human experiences, in which important stories and voices of the past and present are uplifted. She has had the pleasure of working with many inspiring artists and companies, including BoucharDanse, Citadel + Compagnie, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Fall For Dance North Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Venusfest. Other projects include EMRSN x EOS, an open-source project designed to bring financially accessible and portable lighting control devices to emerging artists, companies, and site-specific performances.
A Toronto native, Marianna Rosato received her BFA as a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University – where she now teaches Dance Stage Management. Marianna spent three years as the assistant stage manager for Toronto Dance Theatre before working as a freelance SM in Toronto.
During that time she stage managed works for Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Adelheid Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Blue Ceiling Dance, the Older & Reckless series for Moonhorse Dance Theatre, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and many others. Outside of dance, Marianna spent 11 seasons as the Production Stage Manager for Mainstage Theatre Company. In 2014, Marianna began stage managing for Citadel + Compagnie, and after receiving a Metcalf internship, became the company’s Production Stage Manager in 2017.