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this happened…

World premiere
January 29-February 1, 2020
Choreographer: Kate Hilliard
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights


Grief, vulnerability, and new beginnings: Citadel + Compagnie presents the world premiere of Kate Hilliard’s this happened…

Inspired by several cross-disciplinary channels, this happened… distills extraordinary hardship and subsequent strength from January 29 to February 1, 2020 at The Citadel

TORONTO, ON  Citadel + Compagnie presents the world premiere of Kate Hilliard’s poignant quartet, this happened… at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance from January 29 to February 1, 2020.

After a very deep chapter of grief, Toronto-based choreographer, Kate Hilliard found her very foundation had changed and her only pathway to reconnecting with the world was through creative practice. This new work distills the many endings, and subsequent new beginnings born from Hilliard’s lived experiences.

“Kate explores vulnerability and strength, and what it means to reengage with a world from a new perspective,” says Citadel + Compagnie Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux. “We are thrilled to be presenting this moving and powerful piece at The Citadel.”

Weaving in her own poetry into the performance, and a sound score by Jeremy Mimnagh, Hilliard was inspired by several cross-disciplinary channels in her practice—contemporary dance, writing and visual art. The choreography exists in five separate chapters—subject, code, conversation, fracture, and memory—exploring the words we say, the ideas we communicate, and how our bodies betray their meanings.

Note: Open rehearsals are available for media and press during the week of Jan. 13, 2020. Please contact Lindsay for more information.


this happened…
World premiere
January 29-February 1, 2020
Choreographer: Kate Hilliard
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights

We communicate and then miscommunicate all the time. We say words, but our bodies betray their meanings. This is a performance that was written from the body as a way of distilling what has happened. A dance expressed through five separate chapters: subject, code, conversation, fracture, and memory.

Miyeko Ferguson
Luke Garwood
Lukas Malkowski
Kate Hilliard

Sound and Video Designer: Jeremy Mimnagh
Lighting designer: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Designer: Alana Elmer

“Where Hilliard shows a masterful approach to choreography is in the theatrical values.”
Paula Citron, Globe and Mail

“Hilliard’s work is so human, so real.”
—Tom Oppenheim,
Artistic Director’s Blog, NYC

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

Download the press release: PDF


Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Photo by Sean Rees

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Photo by Sean Rees
Photo by Sean Rees
Photo of Kate Hilliard / Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh


Kate Hilliard is a Toronto based artist and the Artistic Director of Granite Motion Gallery. Her work is inspired by movement and writing in partnership with visual art practice. Hilliard’s performances have been shared with audiences in Canada, the USA and Europe. She has performed with internationally recognized dance companies including: Ottawas Le Groupe Dance Lab, Montreals Fortier Danse Création, Torontos Dancemakers, The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation and has performed Tino Sehgals works at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the MoMA.

An advocate of cross-disciplinary performance training, Hilliard has instructed at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, teaching Physical Theatre. She instructs at Ryerson University’s School of Performance in Toronto, teaching Creative Performance Studies to dancers and actors in all four years of their academic program.

Hilliard has recently been appointed as Curator and Director of Education for The Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture. She studied Visual Art History at The University of Toronto and holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Plymouth University’s Transart Institute in the UK.


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.