Citadel + Compagnie To Present James Kudelka’s ‘Against Nature’

By Nicole Kuchta

Citadel + Compagnie will present “Against Nature,” directed and choreographed by James Kudelka.

According to the press release, the production is a “multi-disciplinary work . . . a unique dance-opera-theatre hybrid that adapts French-Dutch author Joris-Karl Huysman’s 1884 novel of bourgeois excess, ‘À Rebours (Against Nature).'”

“Against Nature” will feature music by James Rolfe and libretto by Alex Poch-Goldin, as well as lighting by Simon Rossiter and projections by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Alexander Dobson will star in the leading role of Jean des Esseintes, “an aristocrat who exiles himself to the countryside and surrounds himself amongst his literature, art, and the memories of his once sensuous lifestyle.” He will be joined on stage by Artistic Director and dancer Laurence Lemieux and baritone Korin Thomas-Smith. Featured musicians will include pianist Steven Philcox, violinist Pamela Attariwala, and cellist Carina Reeves.

Performances will be held at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance in Toronto on May 22 through June 1, 2019.