wind in the leaves

with allies and friends


wind in the leaves with allies and friends

Nov. 15-16, 2019, Feb. 14-15, 2020, March 13-14, 2020

Curated by charles c. smith

Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights


wind in the leaves with allies and friends’ interdisciplinary series pushes boundaries and celebrates artistic risk

Curator charles c. smith brings together artists from diverse and marginalized backgrounds to The Citadel on Nov. 15-16, Feb. 14-15, and March 13-14.

TORONTO, ON  Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to be collaborating with wind in the leaves collective to present three interdisciplinary evenings at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance on Nov. 15-16, 2019; Feb. 14-15, 2020; and March 13-14, 2020. Bringing together a dynamic and diverse group of accomplished, passionate artists, the series will push boundaries of genre and performance through dance and poetry.

Curated by charles c. smith, the performances will transform poetry, music, dance and visuals into evocative theatrical experiences designed to stimulate audiences intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

“Building off our successful pilot season in 2019, we are thrilled to be hosting wind in the leaves and all of their allies and friends at The Citadel,” says Citadel + Compagnie Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux. “These creators are pushing artistic limits and engaging both artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds and artistic practices.”

“Our goal is to spark a physical, sensual, spiritual and intellectual engagement with our work,” says curator charles c. smith. “This is an imaginative, border-bashing genre that brings together artists from diverse and marginalized backgrounds performing incredible, timely and socially relevant work.”

The shows will feature work by Olga Barrios, Monica Gontovnik, Sashar Zarif, Aria Evans, Atri Nundy, Sheniz Janmohamed, and smith and explore contemporary dance, bharatnatyam, Sufi practices, along with contemporary poetry, ghazals and more.


wind in the leaves with allies and friends 2019/20
Curated by charles c. smith
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie
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Performances take place at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, located at 304 Parliament Street, Toronto, at Dundas and Parliament.

Nov. 15-16, 2019: wind in the leaves with allies and friends
Curated by charles c. smith

Stay On It
Choreography: the wind in the leaves collective
Dancers: Kevin A. Ormsby, Rodney Diverlus, Michael Mortley, Ana Claudette Groppler, Shannon Litzenberger, Bakari I. Lindsay, Yui Ugai
Poetry: charles c. smith
Music: Julius Eastman

Choreography: Olga Barrios and Norma Araiza
Poetry: Monica Gontovnik
Performers: Olga Barrios, Monica Gontovnik, and Norma Araiza
Music: Sigur Ros, Achraf Jannusi, Alexander Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Bjorn Djupstrom, Marc Anthony, Nadir Khayat / Sam Debbie (aka Cheb Khaled)

Lonely Women
Choreography: Olga Barrios
Dancers: Victoria Matasoledad, Irma Villafuerte, Aria Evans, Kelly LaJeunesse
Music: Ornette Coleman
Poetry: charles c. smith

Feb. 14-15, 2020: wind in the leaves with allies and friends
Curated by charles c. smith

Choreographer: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Corynne Bisson and Jordan Laffrenier

Everything is Everything: Spirit of 5
Choreography, Dance and Video Design: Aria Evans and Jesse Dell
Music: John Luther Adams, Constantinople, Masada Trio, Anja Lechner and Francois Courterier
Poetry: charles c. smith

Choreography, dance, music and poetry: Sashar Zarif

March 13-14, 2020: wind in the leaves with allies and friends
Curated by charles c. smith

Stones Speak to Me
Choreography and Dance: Atri Nundy
Poetry: Sheniz Janmohamed

Gay Guerrilla
Choreography: wind in the leaves collective
Music: Julius Eastman
Poetry: charles c. smith

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

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charles c. smith / Photo by Bia Rohde

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