(Photo by Leon House)
Kittiwake Dance Theatre is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only professional dance performance company. Under the artistic direction of Martin Vallée, our company of twenty-one members performs a full season of ballet and contemporary ballet including touring across our province. Our current season includes Alice and More Wonderlands tour to western Newfoundland in May, two-week summer dance intensive in August, The Nutcracker tour in St. John’s and central Newfoundland, and Lost in Neverland tour next spring.
By emphasizing the creation and performance of original work, we expose audiences to vibrant, current and relevant dance and give creative, expressive platforms to choreographers. The more than one dozen pieces in Kittiwake’s current repertoire incorporate a variety of styles and subjects from the dramatic to the humorous and the traditional to the contemporary. Some works reflect our province’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Our valued collaborators include: Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Duo Concertante, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Ballet Theatre, Strong Harbour Strings Collective and Shallaway Youth Choir. Recent guest choreographers include: Edgar Zendejas, Kristen Céré, Janie Richard, Nicola Hawkins.
For more than fifteen years, we have had a partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School sharing their Sharing Dance program with seniors and schools. We have been a community partner with Memorial University’s Dancer-in-Residence program and we are always proud to support the Parkinson Society of NL dance therapy program.
As we strive to elevate the art of dance and make it highly accessible, Kittiwake is grateful to it funders – ArtsNL, City of St. John’s, Department of Canadian Heritage – and to its many donors and volunteers. Your support of professional dance creation, promotion and presentation in our province is deeply appreciated.