Night Shift is Citadel + Compagnie’s premiere livestreamed dance event, featuring six unique and boundary-pushing works filmed live from The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Curated by Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid, and Santee Smith, directed by Oscar-nominated Barbara Willis Sweete, and co-presented with Fall for Dance North, Night Shift celebrates the many dance forms explored and practiced by Toronto movement makers.
From traditional Sinhalese dance to street dance, bharatnatyam to western contemporary, the showcase offers a snapshot of the Toronto dance landscape, and is an innovative take on presenting dance during these uncertain, pandemic times.
All livestreams are free and begin at 9PM EDT right here at citadelcie.com/nightshift
Recordings of each livestream will be available following the live performance until October 18, 2020.
“We need dance now more than ever to make sense of our world. This year’s Night Shift responds to these historic times with six stellar soloists, offering their dances to soothe our souls.”
– Nova Bhattacharya, Curator
Wednesday September 30, 2020
Choreographer: Roderick George
Performers: Natasha Poon Woo & Roderick George
Choreographer Roderick George, in collaboration and performance with dance artist Natasha Poon Woo, combines the strict lines and courtly rituals of ballet with the precision and dynamism of hip-hop and club dancing in an ever-shifting play of contrasts and extremes. A sophisticated and thoughtful statement on today’s Black and queer experiences, Concrete Skin challenges colonial mentalities, binary thinking, and the suppression of and disconnect from mixed-race identity.
Thursday October 1, 2020
Choreographer: Daniel Gomez
Performer: Peter D’Souza
Living within streetdance vocabulary, Mudable is a solo that explores one’s ability to adapt, and be capable and open to accepting change.
Friday October 2, 2020
Choreographer/Performer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Impressions examines the nature of memory and meaning through Indian iconography. Choreographer and performer, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, explores how individuals are tied to each other in relation to the world around them.
Wednesday October 7, 2020
Choreographer/Performer: Swadhi Ranganee
Swadhi Ranganee’s Lenchinaa is an exploration of gendered aesthetics in Sinhalese traditional and contemporary dance, mapped against loose contours of a coming-of-age story as the protagonist makes her way through grace and vigour, restraint and abandon, the commonplace and the magical, finding freedom of identity in movement.
Thursday October 8, 2020
Choreographer/Performer: Irma Villafuerte
nudoDESnudo explores the embodied memories of growing up in postwar El Salvador—unresolved, inherited grief, and unending mourning—and the duality of Irma Villafuerte’s migrant identity as a Canadian-born daughter of Salvadorian refugees.
Friday October 9, 2020
Choreographer: Newton Moraes
Performer: Pulga Muchochoma
Choreographed by Newton Moraes, and performed by Canadian-Mozambican dancer Pulga Muchochoma, Ashe exposes an imperative dialogue between cultures, suggesting an intercession between Brazil, Mozambique and Canada—a clear and honest manifesto for both communication and life in these pandemic times.
A groundbreaking and award-winning dancer, choreographer and cultural leader, Nova crafts vivid images that invite the viewer on a journey of heart and mind. Her creative inspiration is found in her Bengali culture, Bharatnatyam practice, Scarborough rock’n’roll roots, painting, photography, literature, film, nature, rituals and the unending cycles of life and death.
Her critically acclaimed works have toured Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and Uganda. Her choreography has been commissioned by several dance and theatre companies and she is the recipient of multiple awards and nominations for artistic achievement and contributions to community, including the 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Nova believes that dance expresses the essence of our humanity and has tremendous transformative power to bring us together.
Jon Drops Reid
Jon Drops Reid has worked to mobilize dance community throughout his professional dance and administrative career. His dance work specializes in Bboy / Breaking battles, theatre, performance, production, education, curation and choreography, but Jon has also been at the frontier of animating connections between a spectrum of dance communities and arts institution’s membership, and services to support much-needed access to resources for dancers.
Jon Drops is a member of the world famous Supernaturalz Crew, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC), co-founder of Making Moves Creative and co-curator of Nightshift annual dance festival presented by Citadel + Compagnie. He has previously worked as Dance Outreach Consultant for Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) for 3 years, as the Dance Director at Manifesto Festival of Arts and Culture for 7 years, Marketing Director of Back to the Underground (B2DU) as well as co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Break It Down Dance Initiatives. Collaboratively he has also produced some of the nation’s biggest urban dance events with international partners such as World of Dance Canada (WOD) as co-producer for two years, Keep on Dancing Canada (KOD) as lead producer, and many other projects that helped to grow the urban dance community since 2000.
Santee Smith is a multidisciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Six Nations. She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, completed Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a Dance MA from York University. Santee premiered her inaugural work Kaha:wi in 2004 and later founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Her body of work includes 14 productions and numerous short works and collaborations. She is a sought after teacher and speaker on Indigenous performance and culture. Through embodied storytelling and performance her work speaks to Indigenous identity and continuance. Smith is the Chancellor of McMaster University.
Barbara Willis Sweete
Barbara Willis Sweete is an Oscar-nominated film industry veteran and Founding Partner of Rhombus Media, specialists in Performing Arts Films. Now with Artemis Pictures, Barbara produces and directs films and tv programs in all genres. Her work has been shown at major international film festivals and has received many top awards, including an Oscar nomination, four Emmys, three Grammy nominations and many Geminis, Genies and Canadian Screen Awards.
Barbara has directed several notable dance films and has collaborated with such choreographers as James Kudelka (Four Seasons, Firebird), Mark Morris (Falling Down Stairs, Dido and Aeneas), Lar Lubovich (Fandango), Doug Varone (The Planets), Mark Godden (The Tale of the Magic Flute), Santee Smith (I Lost My Talk) and David Earle (Romeos and Juliets).
Over the last decade, Barbara has directed more than 30 Live in HD Operas that were transmitted live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to 2600 cinemas in 76 countries.
What is the selection process for Night Shift?
Nightshift was created in 2019 and is curated by Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid, and Santee Smith.
Artists are selected through a peer review process in which each application is evaluated by the curating panel and reviewed and scored based on: artistic merit, originality, and viability.
In the 2020 season, livestream director, Barbara Willis Sweete, provided input to the curators to ensure the work would be adaptable to a multi-camera livestream format.
Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.
Night Shift is co-presented with Fall for Dance North.