Kittiwake Dance Theatre is Newfoundland and Labrador’s professional dance performance company. Under the artistic direction of Martin Vallée, our company of fourteen members performs a full season of ballet and contemporary ballet including touring across our province. Our current season consists of tours and performances including Alone Together, Ballet at Bowring, Peter Pan in the Park: The Prequel and The Nutcracker – our 35th year continuing this local holiday tradition! We also offer a unique workshop series each fall and spring, with classes in classical ballet repertoire and contemporary dance vocab & improv techniques and our summer dance intensive runs in the last two weeks of
August (on a smaller scale to allow for physical distancing).
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 Neighbourhood Dance Works, 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 twenty years, we have had a partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School, most recently delivering their Sharing Dance program with seniors and schools. We were a community partner with Memorial University’s Dancer-in-Residence program and we have proudly supported 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 its 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.