Citadel & Compagnie: Against Nature by James Kudelka @ the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (May 22-25, 29-Jun 1, 2019)

Director and choreographer: James Kudelka.  

May 22-25, May 29-June 1, 2019 at 8pm
Post-show audience talkback: Thursday May 30 with James Kudelka, James Rolfe and Alex Poch-Goldin, moderated by Danielle Baskerville.
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights

The guidebook of decadence. James Kudelka’s music/dance theatrical, adapts author Joris–Karl Huysman’s scandalous 1884 novel of bourgeois excess, and aesthetic contemplation. The story of Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric, recluse who loathes 19th–century Parisian society and retreats into an obsessive, artistic, and indulgent world of his own creation that ravages his mind and body. Featuring original music by James Rolfe, and libretto by Alex Poch–Goldin. 


Laurence Lemieux 
Alexander Dobson
Korin Thomas-Smith
Original music: James Rolfe
Libretto:  Alex Poch-Goldin
Piano: Steven Philcox
Violin: Parmela Attariwala
Cello: Carina Reeves
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Costume Design: Jim Searle & Chris Tyrell/Hoax Couture
Projection Design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Set Design: Joe Pagnan
Puppet Design: Nell Coleman
Rehearsal Assistant: Danielle Baskerville

“It all makes for an intense theatrical experience in which conventions of dance, opera and theatre are not so much abandoned as reshaped and combined to evoke the central theme of a man in search of himself, yet unwilling to trust in any God…Against Nature is a must-see.”

– Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star.

Nominated for a 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production.

Citadel & Compagnie – an award-winning professional dance organization led by artistic director, Laurence Lemieux, that creates, produces and presents works on local, national and international scales from its home base The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance in Regent Park, Toronto.