Citadel + Compagnie
Citadel + Compagnie is a Toronto-based professional dance organization with a mission to have a significant and lasting artistic impact on society through creation, curation and cultivation. 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.
Citadel + Compagnie encourages artistic risk and innovation through its curated performing arts series, Bright Nights. Established in 2015, Bright Nights showcases diverse performances from a wide range of Canadian dance artists, emerging to established. Bright Nights presents four programs annually, including Citadel Dance Mix – a triple-bill created to make space for shorter format works by local Toronto artists, and the presentation of one Quebec-based artist each season.
Night Shift, Citadel + Compagnie’s newest initiative, is a late-night event showcasing innovative, dynamic and thought-provoking dance by Toronto movement artists. Night Shift is a unique platform that provides performance opportunities for artists exploring any and all forms of dance, as well as a late-night social experience at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Taking place during the Fall for Dance North festival, Night Shift brings the community together over four nights in a fun, cabaret-style setting following festival events. Three artists are featured nightly, for a total of twelve, and recieve the support of a lighting designer, stage manager and artistic mentorship from a Night Shift curator. Artists are selected through an annual call for applications.
The Mimi Herrndorf Studio Theatre, at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, has an audience capacity of 65 and is equipped with LED lighting, a sprung floor with Marley surface and tiered moveable seating. The Citadel is a physically accessible building.