Founded in Quebec in 2000 by individually renowned dancers/choreographers Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) has distinguished itself by its innovative, unbridled artistic vision. CLC creates, produces and presents varied works on a local, national and international scale.
The Company has toured across Canada, into the United States (where they headlined the Jacob’s Pillow Festival and appeared at Fall for Dance in New York City and in several other major cities), and to Brazil, China, Russia and was the first modern dance company to perform in Mongolia.
CLC’s repertoire is eclectic, daring and technically sophisticated, a visually rich, emotionally arresting tapestry nourished by other talented choreographers and by gifted artists from many disciplines. James Kudelka, CLC’s Resident Choreographer since 2008, has adapted some of his major works for the company. Other frequent CLC collaborators include media artist John Oswald, countertenor Daniel Taylor and visual artist Edward Poitras, as well as renowned dance artists Margie Gillis, David Gaucher, Guillaume Côté, Heather Ogden, Andrea Weber, and Carol Prieur, ﬁlmmaker/choreographer Anne Troake, composers Christopher Butterfield, Rodney Sharman, costume designer Liz Vandal, and Toronto fashion idols Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture.
Large- Scale Performance events
One of CLC’s most innovative and ambitious ventures is a series of site-specific projects.
These spectacular, large-scale performance events – in locations like rural Saskatchewan, coastal Newfoundland, urban Winnipeg, the Mongolian steppes and CLC’s home neighbourhood of Regent Park, Toronto — are created in collaboration with illustrious artists and local community residents. They showcase the Company’s audacious genius, as dance is taken out of its theatrical surroundings and transplanted into the heart of communities and their urban or rural landscapes. CLC opens up a poetic dialogue with participating communities about the relevance of dance, art and artistic expression, resulting in encounters that are magical, electrifying, and capable of accomplishing a subtle shift in consciousness – awakening the poetry of living as individuals within a social and environmental setting. The success of these events underscores the Company’s desire to offer stimulating artistic experiences in widely diverse contexts, revitalizing the place of dance and art in our society.
In 2007, CLC invested in the 1912 Salvation Army Citadel building as their new home, located in the heart of Toronto’s diverse Regent Park neighbourhood. Coleman and Lemieux soon found themselves part of one of the most exciting community renewals in the world – a unique opportunity to integrate the arts directly into urban change. CLC has worked directly with developers The Daniels Corporation, as well as through local agencies, community-based arts and media organizations and schools, producing a series of one-of-a-kind performance events to celebrate milestones in the development process, bringing the construction sites to life with dance, spectacle and sound. In 2009, the Company launched an ambitious project to renovate and substantially improve The Citadel, with the assistance of Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Bartlett & Associates LTD, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Toronto, and many generous individual donors and corporations. The building officially re opened in February 2012.
In the Media
Since its inception, CLC has received significant press coverage from both print and broadcast media in Canada, Russia, Scotland and Mongolia. Director Anne Troake made a critically- acclaimed film, The Gros Morne Project: Feel the Earth Move, documenting a CLC event in Newfoundland. Later that year, the Company undertook the adaptation of James Kudelka’s powerful masterpiece, Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, which spurred Laurence Lemieux to initiate a book project published by Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
CLC is actively engaged in the dance world, regularly hosting workshops and participating in conferences and showcases. Coleman and Lemieux are committed to the development of dance, and often act as mentors for a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
CLC is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Ontario Arts Council, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation.