About the work:
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.
“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
Choreography: Laurence Lemieux
Musical Composition: John Gzowski
Production Design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Costume & Set Design: Cheryl Lalonde
Tyler Gledhill – Touring + Development
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
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 company 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.