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Citadel+Compagnie

This weekend, one of Canada’s foremost dance troupes - Citadel+Compagnie – bring three works by James Kudelka to Halifax. Recently we spoke with artistic director Laurence Lemieux about what audiences can expect.






When and why did you first become interested in dance? When I was about 15 years old, I was a gymnast. My coach suggested that I should start dancing so I did…just like that!
Are they the same reasons that you continue to be involved today? No, I continue to be involved today because I find that it is an art form with endless possibilities of human expression
What are the challenges of the vocation? The body breaks down very fast, and a lot of dancers suffer from chronic pain as they grow older. It is also a very regimented life, so one must be very committed to the idea of not having a regular lifestyle. 
What are the rewards? The reward is the ability to accomplish artistic expression and give it to the audience just with one’s body and hard work.
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