VIMY 1917


VIMY 1917

Choreographed by: Laurence Lemieux

Run time: 60 minutes

VIMY 1917 pays tribute to The Battle of Vimy Ridge, during the First World War in France. The full-length work honours the bravery and sacrifice of the many soldiers who lost their lives on the battle fields, while giving new life to the stories of eight soldiers whose lives were taken far too soon.

The artistic team and its eight dancers travelled to France to perform the work for the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 at the Vimy War Memorial. The work premiered in Toronto later that year. 

The cast was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Creative Team:
Choreography: Laurence Lemieux
Musical Composition: John Gzowski
Production Design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Costume & Set Design: Cheryl Lalonde

Tour Details:
• 9 on-stage performers
• 12 people on tour
•  Designed for a black box studio environment but has been adapted for proscenium setting
•  Minimum playing space 30’x30′
•  60-minute run time

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 “By highlighting just a handful of these stories, evoked in movement, sound and projected imagery, and inspired by men who came from the area surrounding her company’s Citadel home at Parliament and Dundas, Lemieux intends [Vimy 1917] as a humble tribute to their courage.” – The Toronto Star

“The hour-long piece reminds us that, win or lose, war is always brutal and that great armies include a multitude of individuals, each with a personal story.” – Michael Crabb

“It has been crafted as an impressionistic elegy to those who sacrifice everything to war, including people on the home front.”– Kathleen Smith

A moving tribute to those who sacrifice all in war.” – NOW Magazine 


VIMY 1917 studies the mass versus the individual, the space versus the lack of room, the solitude within a group, fear, strength and pride – all elements that work towards expressing the monumental subject that is war. At first glance one may think a battle is an odd inspiration for a work of contemporary dance, but really this work expresses the emotions present within these soldiers who so valiantly gave their lives to defend ideology and our freedom. It looks into the very personal to create a work that can reverberate and express this overwhelming subject.

– Laurence Lemieux, choreographer

Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie is a Canadian professional dance organization that creates, produces and presents works on local, national, and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in Toronto.

Lemieux continues to refine her choreographic vision, having created over twenty-five works from explosive, intimate pieces like Love me out of it, to large scale works like Vimy 1917, that toured to France for the 100th anniversary of the battle. From 2008-2020, James Kudelka, one of Canada’s finest choreographers, was the company’s resident choreographer, allowing him to revisit some of his finest work while making way for challenging new contemporary creations.

Through remount initiatives, the company is dedicated to the preservation of important Canadian dance work, making available iconic repertoire to a new generation of dancers.

The company has toured extensively, including sold-out performances in Russia, Fall for Dance (NYC), Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Festival, and Vimy, France, along with extensive U.S. tours to L.A., Louisiana, Portland, and the acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, and The Battery Dance Festival in NYC.