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A Perfect Day


Set to excerpts of Glenn Gould’s rendition of Bach’s Two and Three Part Inventions, and accompanied by a luminous sound design by John Gzowski, A Perfect Day speaks to Laurence Lemieux’s relationship to dance over time, and her sense of self within it. 

About the work:

Through a series of intimate solos, the work follows the performer as she recollects her past and grapples with the urgency of the current moment to share human emotion with an audience.

Choreographer’s Statement:

In 2018 I created Love me out of it, a solo set to Teenage Head’s Frantic City album. The solo was an attempt to look back at my dance career, using the punk rock album as a backdrop for this exploration. I was never fully satisfied with Love me out of it. Every occasion I had, I would change, adapt, revisit. In March 2020, as our theatres went dark, I suddenly had the opportunity to take the time to revisit this work. Perhaps too much time. But through this forced exploration emerged A Perfect Day.

A Perfect Day serves as a reflection on the importance of artistic practice as a daily occurrence, and the renewal of its purpose post-pandemic.

— Laurence Lemieux

“Solo projects like this are an increasingly rare occurrence for a dancer who is considered one of Canada’s most compelling…”

— NOW Magazine on “Love me out of it”

Creative Team

Choreography and Performance: Laurence Lemieux
Music: Excerpts of Bach’s Two and Three Part Inventions, Glenn Gould
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Sound Design: John Gzowski
Costume Design: Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for HOAX Couture
Rehearsal Direction: Danielle Baskerville
Stage Management: Marianna Rosato

Tour Details

  • 1 on-stage performer
  • 3 people on tour
  • Designed for intimate spaces
  • Also fits any theatrical stage
  • 60-minute run time

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A Perfect Day (excerpt). Choreographed and performed by Laurence Lemieux. Premiered November 4, 2021.

“It is vital to celebrate the female artists who create and lead in this city.”

— The Buzz

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.