Canadian premiere
Choreographer: Sabina Perry
March 25-28, 2020
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights


Choreographer Sabina Perry returns to The Citadel with her hilarious, autobiographical piece, TALENT/SHOW

Citadel + Compagnie presents the Canadian premiere of Sabina Perry’s newest work from March 25-28, 2020 at The Citadel

TORONTO, ON  Contemporary dance doesn’t always fall under the category of “funny,” “hilarious,” or “ridiculous” but Canadian-born, German-based choreographer, Sabina Perry hopes to change that with her newest work, TALENT/SHOW, running at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance from March 25-28, 2020.

In a work that explores the expectations of talent in an industry rife with it, Perry returns to The Citadel with a trio that uses hula-hoops, circus acts, singing, magic tricks, comedy, and of course, dance to investigates success, failure, and audience expectation. Perry explores the blurry line between amateur and professional, entertainment and art and what it is to take funny seriously.

“Sabina’s last work, FUNNY/FUNERAL, was a roaring success with our audience and we’re thrilled to have her back at The Citadel,” says Citadel + Compagnie Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux. “Toronto audiences are going to love this Canadian premiere.”

TALENT/SHOW builds on the enormous 2016 success of FUNNY/FUNERAL, billed as “delightfully eccentric” by dance critic, Paula Citron. It is the second work in what will become an autobiographical triptych. With dancers, Molly Johnson, Luke Garwood, and Perry, the work involves an embarrassing, and delicious “X-factor experience”, where audiences eventually decide if everyone is indeed talented in their own untalented ways.

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


As the line between amateur and professional blurs, and entertainment and art grow closer together, three performers take to the stage to show you what they can do. An investigation of success, failure, and audience expectation in a talent show about who the real losers are.

Luke Garwood
Molly Johnson
Sabina Perry

Music by: A. Glacier

Producer: Molly Johnson and Sabina Perry

“…delightfully eccentric choreography…” – Paula Citron

“At times funny and irreverent, at other times challenging and lonely, Johnson demonstrated the broad emotional spectrum of a young adult try to find themselves…” – The Dance Current magazine


Sabina Perry is a Toronto-born dancer and choreographer based in Cologne, Germany. After graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theater and CODARTS Rotterdam she joined De Meekers company and toured Holland, Germany, and Belgium. Since 2007, Sabina has worked as a freelance artist with choreographers Lucas Jervies (Melbourne), Antony Rizzi/Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Stefan Dreher (Munich), Douglas Bateman/Dansateliers (Rotterdam) and Kalpana Raghuraman/ KORZO Productiehuis (The Hague). As a dancer she was nominated for a Green Room Award and Critic Choice Award in Australia. In 2009, she became one of the founding members of the Cologne MD Kollektiv, a unique concept empowering dancers to invite choreographers to create on them over the last 10 years (Prue Lang, Fabrice Mazliah, Georg Reichl, etc). Sabina has been choreographing since 2009, creating work independently in Canada with producing partner Molly Johnson and all over Europe. She is since 2014 a choreographer and specialized movement coach for actors in Schauspiel houses  in Europe in Köln, Leipzig, Basel, Munich and Vienna. Since 2019, she is also Lennard Perry’s mom.



Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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Photo by Michael Maurissens
Photo by Michael Maurissens
Photo by Michael Maurissens


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.

The creation and production of TALENT/SHOW has been made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Stadt Köln, Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln, and Quartier am Hafen. This work was developed in part and will be performed on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit – we are grateful for this privilege.