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Soudain, l’hiver dernier

August 16 & 18
7PM @ Rockefeller Park
Rain Date (August 19)
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Battery Dance Festival Presents

Soudain l’Hiver Dernier
Choreographed by James Kudelka


Compagnie de la Citadelle returns to New York City to present James Kudelka’s Soudain l’Hiver Dernier at the 42nd Annual Battery Dance Festival. Described as “deeply compassionate”, the remarkable dance for two men has been performed by the Compagnie at venues across Canada and abroad, winning the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007.

The Compagnie is honoured to present this moving work at New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival on August 16, and on August 18 as part of the festival’s closing performance showcasing the best of dance in the world today.

Meet the Artists

Photo of James Kudelka Photo by Alejandro Santiago

James Kudelka


James Kudelka is among todays’ most versatile and innovative dance artists. He has choreographed for many of the world’s leading ballet companies and for smaller contemporary troupes. His creative range reflects his eclectic musical interests, command of diverse movement idioms, and commitment to working collaboratively with artists from other disciplines.

Kudelka is renowned for distinctive versions of such classics as The Nutcracker and Cinderella – signature works of the National Ballet of Canada where he served as artistic director (1996-2005). Equally, Kudelka excels in making smaller-scaled dances that are rich in psychological implication and human drama. Born in Newmarket, Ontario and trained by Canada’s National Ballet School, Kudelka began choreographing as a student and continued throughout his dancing years with the National Ballet (1972-1981) and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1981-1990). He began an affiliation with Toronto’s Citadel + Compagnie in 2006 and as resident choreographer from 2008 – 2020 experimented with cross-disciplinary collaborations. As a teacher, Kudelka has worked with Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Ryerson University, and Canada’s National Ballet School, and he continues to work internationally as a choreographer. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and is among the 2020 Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame inductees. In 2023 Kudelka was honoured at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards with a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

Show Credits

Choreographer: James Kudelka
Performers: Connor Mitton, Sully Malaeb Proulx
Music: Gavin Bryars’ Jesus Blood never failed me yet

Originally created for Montréal Danse in 1987