(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 thirteen members performs a full season of ballet and contemporary ballet including touring across our province. Our current season consisted of tours and performances including Alice and More Wonderlands and The Nutcracker, all of which have been impacted by the pandemic. We were excited to still hold our Summer Dance Intensive, at a smaller scale to allow for physical distancing. We also engaged in an exciting and innovative collaboration project with Neighbourhood Dance Works called Garden Dances. This fall, we also presented an 8-week Workshop Series offering classes in Kittiwake’s Nutcracker repertoire using the choreography of Artistic Director, Martin Vallée and classes in improvisation with contemporary dance. For the month of December, we have two exciting projects. One of which includes a collaboration with ArtsNL and their Art in the Time of Covid series with a piece titled Alone Together, created by Martin Vallée. We are extremely excited to continue the local holiday tradition of presenting The Nutcracker! We will be streaming right to your living room – bringing the magic to you at home this year!
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 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.