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 upcoming season consists of tours and performances including Alone Together, Ballet in the Park, Peter Pan in the Park and The Nutcracker. This spring, we are also presenting an 8-week Spring Workshop Series offering classes in Classical Ballet Repertoire and Contemporary Dance Vocab & Improv Techniques. We are excited to once again hold our annual Summer Dance Intensive, at a smaller scale to allow for physical distancing. Coming up later in the year, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of Peter Pan in the Park. We are extremely excited to also continue the local holiday tradition in the winter of this year by presenting The Nutcracker – our 35th 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: 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 more than fifteen years, we have had a partnership with Canada’s National Ballet Schoolsharing 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.