The Beautiful Aftermath of World After Dark / by Shannon Litzenberger

Back row (left to right): John Gzowski, Laura Cournoyea, Kleanthi Markakis, Syreeta Hector, Louis Laberge-Côté, Shannon Litzenberger, Ken Mackenzie, Irene Pauzer, Gerry Trentham, Dan Wild
Front Row: Niko Markakis, Jordana Deveau, Emily Law, Marie-Josée Chartier, Kathia Wittenborn, Alex Lord, Linnea Swan, Elysha Poirier. Missing: Guillermo Verdecchia

World After Dark's World Premiere is still resonating for me after four wonderful performances at Harbourfront Centre Theatre last week.

On behalf of the whole cast and creative team, THANK YOU to everyone who came to see this new work emerge on stage. It was a huge (epic!) creative effort by all involved. We were all delighted by the warm and enthusiastic audiences that filled the house each night. Your feedback has been inspiring.

If you missed it, check out these commentaries by dance critics Susan Walker (Walker Arts Blog) and Martha Schabas (Globe and Mail) or explore the inspirations for World After Dark in these lovely preview articles by Paula Citron (Intermission Magazine), David Bateman (Bateman Reviews) and especially Arpita Ghosal (

And, keep scrolling to see some stunning production images captured by photographer Lyon Smith. @lyon_shoots 

I am very grateful for all of the people who made this production possible, beautiful and so much more than I could have imagined alone. It was a vision made richer and more expansive because of the talented cast and creative team, and all of the amazing people behind the scenes too....the producers, marketers and promoters, the technical crew, the donors, funders and sponsoring partners, my family, friends, advisors and supporters and my community of dance and performing arts colleagues who offered time, space, resources, counsel, materials, labour and encouragement. I feel very lucky to have had this amazing opportunity. 

Stay tuned for a special announcement next week...!

With much gratitude,

Shannon Litzenberger
Artistic Director
Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance

Images by Lyon Smith @lyon_shoots

Creative Team

Concept, Choreography and Direction Shannon Litzenberger
Inspired by Christopher Dewdney’s Acquainted with the night: Excursions through the world after dark

Created with and Performed by Linnea SwanLouis Laberge-Côté, Syreeta Hector, Emily Law, Nikolaos Markakis and Kathia Wittenborn with narration by Irene Pauzer and Dan Wild

Dance Dramaturg / Creative Advisor Gerald Trentham
Creative Advisor Marie-Josée Chartier
Writer / Theatre Dramaturg Guillermo Verdecchia
Lighting and Set Design Ken MacKenzie
Projection and Interactive Video Design Elysha Poirier
Sound Design John Gzowski
Costume Design Alexandra Lord
Costume Assistant Designer / Costume Builder Kleanthi Markakis
Photography Lyon Smith
Stage Management Laura Cournoyea
Production Coordination Jordana Deveau

Thank You

World After Dark has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Power Corporation of Canada, Harbourfront Centre Performing Arts Residency Program, Soulpepper’s Resident Artist Program and Toronto Dance Theatre’s Creation Residency Program. World After Dark was rehearsed at The National Ballet of Canada's Walter Carsen Centre as part of the CreativAction Programme and at Canada's National Ballet School as part of the Residency Program of Peggy Baker Dance Projects.