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Vimy 1917


VIMY 1917 pays tribute to The Battle of Vimy Ridge, during the First World War in France. The full-length work honours the bravery and sacrifice of the many soldiers who lost their lives on the battle fields, while giving new life to the stories of eight soldiers whose lives were taken far too soon.

About the work:

The artistic team and its eight dancers travelled to France to perform the work for the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 at the Vimy War Memorial. The work premiered in Toronto later that year. 

The cast was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Choreographer’s Statement:

VIMY 1917 studies the mass versus the individual, the space versus the lack of room, the solitude within a group, fear, strength and pride – all elements that work towards expressing the monumental subject that is war. At first glance one may think a battle is an odd inspiration for a work of contemporary dance, but really this work expresses the emotions present within these soldiers who so valiantly gave their lives to defend ideology and our freedom. It looks into the very personal to create a work that can reverberate and express this overwhelming subject.

— Laurence Lemieux

“By highlighting just a handful of these stories, evoked in movement, sound and projected imagery, and inspired by men who came from the area surrounding her company’s Citadel home at Parliament and Dundas, Lemieux intends [Vimy 1917] as a humble tribute to their courage.”

— The Toronto Star

Creative Team

Choreography: Laurence Lemieux
Musical Composition: John Gzowski
Production Design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Costume & Set Design: Cheryl Lalonde

Tour Details

  • 9 on-stage performers
  • 12 people on tour
  • Designed for a black box studio environment but has been adapted for proscenium setting
  • Minimum playing space 30’x30′
  • 60-minute run time

for quotes/inquiries

Laurence Lemieux 
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A4


“The hour-long piece reminds us that, win or lose, war is always brutal and that great armies include a multitude of individuals, each with a personal story.”

— Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

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.