Co-curated by: Jon Drops Reid, Nova Bhattacharya, and Laurence Lemieux


Night Shift presents thirteen dynamic and boundary pushing works in its inaugural season at The Citadel

From street dance to kathak, ballet funk to flamenco, tap to bharatnatyam, Toronto’s new late-night dance event will showcase an eclectic and thought-provoking line-up from Oct. 2-5, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Citadel + Compagnie is excited to announce the first incarnation of Night Shift. Curated in partnership with Nova Dance and Making Moves Creative House, Night Shift is a four-day late night event featuring twelve of Toronto’s most unique and innovative movement artists, with an international spotlight on New Zealand Dance Company’s Chrissy Kokiri.

Night Shift will feature a multi-faceted array of dance including tap, flamenco, street dance, kathak, ballet funk, bharatnatyam, and western contemporary dance, as well as serve as a late-night social experience at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Taking place during the 2019 Fall for Dance North festival, Night Shift will open its doors at 9pm, offering a gathering place for audiences following festival events.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our open call earlier this summer, and we are so excited to be presenting such an extraordinary lineup of dance,” says co-curator and Citadel + Compagnie artistic director, Laurence Lemieux.

“Night Shift offers a glimpse into the vibrant diversity of dance in this city and The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance knows how to throw a dance party…see you there!” adds Nova Bhattacharya of Nova Dance.

“The night is full of unknown possibilities. Shift with us to a space that moves through style, community and inspiration,” says Jon Drops Reid from Making Moves Creative House.

With a mandate of presenting artists working in any and all forms of dance, and providing artistic and technical consultation for its twelve Toronto artists, Night Shift is an innovative take on presenting dance in Toronto.

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

NIGHT SHIFT 2019: Oct. 2-5, 2019

Tickets available online and at the door: $15 in advance OR $10 at the door

Doors open at 9pm | Performances begin at 10:30pm

Oct. 2, 2019

Mountain Duets
Choreographer: Sophie Dow
Performers: Shannon Flaicher, Mckenzie Foy, Lucia Llano, Paige Sayles

Mountain Duets delves into the inspiration and spirituality induced by the vast mountain ranges of Canada – embodying their same unwavering stillness and rootedness. Conceived during many sittings with elders and calling upon the ancestors of the Kootenay and Rocky Mountains, the dancers explore their human structure as well as their perception of their greater ancestral bodies.

Nirguna (formless)
Choreographers: Rachana Joshi, Tanisha Mahesh Kumar, Natasha Manvi, Nancy Thavaruban, Donya Sandhu, Purawai Vyas
Performers: Rachana Joshi, Tanisha Mahesh Kumar, Natasha Manvi, Nancy Thavaruban, Donya Sandhu, Purawai Vyas 

Nirguna is a Bharatanatyam work that explores the cyclical nature of the ascetic Hindu god Shiva, and the well-known symbols that adorn the image of Shiva that illustrate the juxtaposition of peace within the chaos.   

World premiere
Choreographer: Michael ‘Piecez’ Prosserman
Performer: Michael ‘Piecez’ Prosserman
Collaborators: Kosi Eze, Caroline “Lady C” Fraser

Breathe explores the relationship between great success, mental illness, and unhealthy expectations. Having the weight of a mountain on your shoulders leaves a dent. The piece traverses four distinct stages of Michael “Piecez” Prosserman’s personal journey – growth, pressure, crash and uprooting.

Oct. 3, 2019

Silence Is…
Choreographer: Mushtari Afroz
Performer: Mushtari Afroz
Music Composition, Vocal and Bol Padhant: Tanveer Shawjeeb Alam (Bangladesh & Canada)

In this solo, Mushtari Afroz explores silence: Is it the state of mind where the previously imperceptible rises to the level of perception? Is it a symbol of oppression to silence the voice of justice? Is it merely an absence of all sound? 

Toronto premiere
Choreographers: Angela Déiseach & Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko / Illumina Flamenco
Dancers: Kiyo Asaoka, Angela Déiseach, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko
Vocals & Percussion: Shirley ‘La Pili’ Pincay

Resonance is an original contemporary flamenco work for three dancers and a singer. The work explores the energy that is created when the past is conjured into the present. Entering an empty space awakens the energy left by those who once occupied it.

Birth of a B
Choreographer: Kaitlyn Seibold
Performers: Brayden Cairns, Heidi Lorenz, Jessica Mak

Inspired by different bee species – their lines, textures, colors, detail, and beauty – Kaitlyn Seibold choreographed Birth of a B to explore beauty, mutation, and imperfection, while exploring the dark truth about the decline of the bee population.

Oct. 4, 2019

Madhuvanthi Thillana – flow of the dancing spirit
Choreographer: Leela Samson
Performer: Bhavajan Kumar

Madhuvanthi Thillana – flow of the dancing spirit strings together an array of fluid movements from the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam that explores the excitement of rhythm and movement passed down through generations of ancient dance composers.

Ballet du Funk
Choreographer: Nicholas Rose
Performers: TBA

From the legacy of the classical to the legacy of music from the 60’s and 70’s, Bahamian American choreographer Nicholas Rose fuses classical ballet with funk/soul music.

Toronto premiere
Choreographers: Melissa Hart & Samantha Schleese / SaMel Tanz
Performers: Melissa Hart & Samantha Schleese

Championess is not about the fight between two individuals, but about the fighters’ battle within themselves and against the world. In combining boxing with contemporary, salsa and hip hop, the piece explores how to persist through adversity, and confront fears.

Blue Ink
Canadian premiere
Choreographer: Chrissy Kokiri (The New Zealand Dance Company)
Performers: Katie Rudd, Carl Tolentino
Composer: Alistair Deverick

Fascinated by the movement of the octopus, Chrissy Kokiri’s duet Blue Ink reflects the complexity of this creature and its habits. Rhythm, pulse, sensation entwine, slip, and slide in this enticing work.

Oct. 5, 2019

Spirit and Veneer
Choreographed and performed by Susie Burpee

If we’re all in agreement about the fictional conditions of a performance (the veneer) – through costume, characterization, and the device of the lip sync – then perhaps, together, we are liberated to discover truth and meaning.

Unresisting Force
World premiere
Choreographer: Lukas Malkowski
Performer: Lukas Malkowski

What happens when unstoppable forces meet a movable body? Researching weather, aerodynamics, gravity, anatomy, and adaptation, Unresisting Force is a journey through different states of matter and energy in the body and the world. An ebb and flow between climate, weather, the elements, the body, and the spirit.

Her (an excerpt)
Choreographer: Dianne Montgomery
Performers: TBA

Excerpted from Dianne Montgomery’s 45-minute commission for the 2020 Toronto International Tap Dance Festival, Her explores the inevitability of being, the complexity of conflict, and the process of learning to consider and accept a changing concept of self.

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Citadel + Compagnie is a dance company led by Laurence Lemieux with a mission, through creation, curation and cultivation, to make a significant and lasting contribution to dance in Toronto from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

Making Moves Creative House is an urban dance company that, in addition to creating with and supporting urban dance artists, also bridges the gap between dance institutions and urban movement communities established outside of traditional arts structures.

Led by Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance is a South Asian Canadian company working collaboratively across communities to create meaningful connections between art and audiences. 

Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council.


Lindsay Zier-Vogel


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1. Bhavajan Kumar

2. Dianne Montgomery

3. Illumina Flamenco

4. Kaitlyn Seibold
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5. Lukas Malkowski

6. Michael Piecez Prosserman

7. Mushtari Afroz

  1. Nicholas Rose
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9. Chrissy Kokiri (The New Zealand Dance Company)

10. Rachana Joshi, Tanisha Mahesh Kumar, Natasha Manvi, Nancy Thavaruban, Donya Sandhu, Purawai Vyas
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11. SaMel Tanz

  1. Sophie Dow
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13. Susie Burpee

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