Citadel + Compagnie is a dance organization with its home, The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, embedded within the Regent Park community of downtown Toronto. Through its creation, curation and cultivation of contemporary dance, Citadel + Compagnie’s mission is to make a significant and lasting contribution to dance in Canada.
Led by Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux, the organization supports the artistic activities of its dance company, its multiple presentation platforms and its training program. At its core, the company commits to the creation and production of innovative and accessible original works of dance, and the preservation of iconic Canadian repertoire.
Through key neighbourhood initiatives, such as offering free studio access to Toronto Council Fire’s Indigenous dance program, First Fire, and providing free dance education to local children and youth through the Citadel Dance Program, The Citadel has become a sought-after safe space for artists and youth to gather and explore their creativity.
1 - CURATE: Support Night Shift in its digital shift
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.
Citadel + Compagnie is proud to be finding innovative ways to continue to support dancers and choreographers in these uncertain, pandemic times. With a mandate of providing professionally produced presentation opportunities for artists working in any and all forms of dance, this year Night Shift is made possible by the exceptional experience and skill of its livestream production team.
2 - CREATE: Help bring new and exciting dance works to life
C+C’s repertoire is eclectic, daring and technically sophisticated. A visually rich, emotionally arresting tapestry nourished by talented choreographers and gifted artists and collaborators from many disciplines. Through remount initiatives, the company also dedicates itself to the preservation of important Canadian dance work and makes iconic repertoire available to a new generation of dancers and audiences, including the work of renowned choreographer James Kudelka.
3 - CULTIVATE: Play a key role in helping us support our community
The Citadel is an integral part of its local community and is host to multiple outreach initiatives including The Citadel Dance Program, delivering free dance education to local children and youth, and community partner Toronto Council Fire’s Indigenous dance program First Fire.
What People Are Saying
"I am in awe of C+C’s resilience, commitment and passion for all that you do for the dance community and for Regent Park. You have made a difference in so many people’s lives, both in the arts and surrounding communities through endless hours of hard work and diligence."
— A Recent Donor