November 27-30, December 4-7, 2019

Choreographers: Nova Bhattacharya, Syreeta Hector, Christianne Ullmark

Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights


Citadel + Compagnie brings together three bold, risk-taking choreographic voices for its second annual Citadel Dance Mix

Nova Bhattacharya, Syreeta Hector and Christianne Ullmark explore solitude in multitudes, the nuance of identity, and cybernetic communication in this annual triple bill from November 27-20, December 4-7, 2019

TORONTO, ON  Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to present its second annual Citadel Dance Mix, a triple bill, featuring Nova Bhattacharya, Syreeta Hector, and Christianne Ullmark from November 27-30, December 4-7, 2019 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance.

A remount of Bhattacharya’s visually stunning quintet, Red & Yellow investigates the search for solitude inside the multitudes, while Black Ballerina examines Hector’s relationship to race, alongside her experiences in classical ballet, and Ullmark’s close encounters in the fifth dimension explores themes of a post-human existence in a world of cybernetic communication.

“I am thrilled to bring these three innovative, risk-taking choreographic voices together,” says Citadel + Compagnie Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux. “It is a bold, and nuanced evening that we are excited to be presenting at The Citadel.”

Remounting Red & Yellow provides a timely opportunity for Bhattacharya to re-explore the circular relationship between dancer, space and audience, through her multi-disciplinary approach to bharatnatyam. The piece was originally created for Dancemakers’ wide stage configuration in 2011, and Bhattacharya is excited to be bringing it into The Citadel, where she will “focus the lens” on the work differently. “The ‘condensation’ of the work will sharpen the questions I’ve been asking about relationships between performers and audience,” Bhattacharya says.

Hector’s Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of both how the minority body is seen on stage and how the context of white culture has influenced the relationship she has to her own Blackness and Indigeneity. “Ideas of systemic racism and frameworks of ballet are not easy things to discuss, but dialogue must be generated in order to create change,” says Hector.

Created in part as a response to Ame Henderson’s Noisy, produced by Toronto Dance Theatre in 2017, Ullmark’s close encounters in the fifth dimension explores theory and fiction surrounding the existence of parallel universes. In this improvised piece, Ullmark has created an environment in which both the three performers and audience members are enveloped by both sound and movement.

Please note: Choreographers have open rehearsals available for media and press during the week of November 18, 2019. Please contact Lindsay for more information.

Syreeta Hector / Photo by Jason Tse

LISTING: Citadel Dance Mix 2019

Citadel Dance Mix 2019
November 27-30, December 4-7, 2019
Choreographers: Nova Bhattacharya, Syreeta Hector, Christianne Ullmark
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights 

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Performances take place at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, located at 304 Parliament Street, Toronto, at Dundas and Parliament.

Nova Bhattacharya’s Red & Yellow is a meditation on finding solitude inside the multitudes. Originally created for Dancemakers in 2011, Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to be remounting this visually stunning quintet that is a poetic, metaphoric and humane expression of body and spirit.

Based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship to race, and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerina brings an unbridled energy to this triple bill.

In close encounters in the fifth dimension, Christianne Ullmark explores themes of a post-human existence in a world of cybernetic communication. Working alone and also together, the performers attempt various forms of communication that are perhaps beyond human understanding. Moving becomes listening and listening becomes a way of speaking. Opposing narratives of organic matter, technology and time travel, come together to untangle and re-purpose the body, sound and other, in an effort to ascend to a higher dimension.


This project has been made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.

Banner photo by Frances Chudnoff

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close encounters in the fifth dimension in rehearsal / Photo by Drew Berry

Syreeta Hector / Photo by Jason Tse


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Nova Bhattacharya / Photo by Dahlia Katz

Syreeta Hector / Photo by Francesca Chudnoff

Syreeta Hector / Photo by David Leyes

Tia Kushniruk in close encounters in the fifth dimension / Photo by Francesca Chudnoff.

Christianne Ullmark / Photo by Francesca Chudnoff

Artistic Director and curator: Laurence Lemieux / Photo by Bruce Zinger. Bio here.


Citadel + Compagnie is a Toronto-based professional dance organization with a mission to have a significant and lasting artistic impact on our society. Under the directorship of Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie creates, curates and cultivates dance works and community collaborations on local, national and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

The company purchased The Citadel in 2007, and renovated it into studio, office, and theatre space. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance opened in 2012, providing a home for resident choreographer, James Kudelka, and artistic director, Laurence Lemieux’s creative processes and intimate performances, while creating an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform and where the community can learn, communicate, and share. These strategic actions have re-energized both its neighbouring community of Regent Park, and the dance community at large.

C+C encourages artistic risk and innovation through its performing arts series, Bright Nights, late-night showcase, Night Shift, and additional collaborations, and delivers accessible works of contemporary dance when touring outside The Citadel itself.

After nine years as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005), James Kudelka was named C+C’s resident choreographer in 2008. With C+C, he has revisited some of his greatest works and developed challenging new contemporary creations. Kudelka’s presence at C+C has elevated the company’s profile, and offered audiences a new platform to experience the work of one of the country’s finest choreographers.

Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux continues to refine her choreographic vision, having created over twenty-five works including Interiors, Les Paradis Perdus, and Looking for Elvis. From explosive, intimate pieces like Love me out of it (which she performed with iconic Canadian punk band Teenage Head), to large scale works like Jusqu’a Vimy, that toured to France for the 100th anniversary of the battle, Lemieux continues to explore the extraordinary range of her choreographic voice through the company.

Under Lemieux’s leadership, C+C has had a marked impact on the local community, offering free studio access to key neighbourhood initiatives: Toronto Police Force 51 Division’s youth and hip-hop program, the Regent Park School of Music, and Toronto Council Fire’s Indigenous dance program, First Fire. These collaborations have built lasting ties within the community, and as a result, The Citadel has become a sought-after safe space for youth to gather and explore their creativity.


Lindsay Zier-Vogel