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Four Old Legs


Four Old Legs features celebrated ballerina, Evelyn Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov in a duet celebrating time memory and experience, performed to a playlist from Chopin to Judy Garland to Talking Heads.

“Growing old is something better practiced by young people.”


Four Old Legs premiered to sold-out houses at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance in Toronto in April 2019 and toured by popular demand throughout the following fall, including a 4-show run in Winnipeg, MB as part of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 80th anniversary season.

Evelyn Hart was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual.

Four Old Legs was the first piece of Citadel + Compagnie repertoire to be performed in-person upon the reopening of theatres post-pandemic. The work was performed at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in August 2021.

Four Old Legs has also been adapted into a film, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete, and was released April 7, 2022.

“James Kudelka’s Four Old Legs is a duet to fall in love with…Kudelka has the eye and maturity to sketch the long-term relationship experience in subtle, yet very legible shades.”

— NOW Magazine

Creative Team

Choreography: James Kudelka
Dancers: Evelyn Hart, Zhenya Cerneacov
Lighting Designer: Simon Rossiter
Projection Designer: Jeremy Mimnagh
Costume Designers: Jim Searle + Chris Tyrell for HOAX Couture
Set Build: BC Design Build

Tour Details

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

for quotes/inquiries

Tyler Gledhill – Development/Touring
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A4


Excerpt from Four Old Legs: The Film. Choreographed by James Kudelka. Performed by Evelyn Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete.

“What the body may relinquish in athleticism is replaced by the kind of expressive instinct and intelligence that only long experience can bestow.”

— The Toronto Star

about The Company

Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie 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, Citadel + Compagnie 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.