About

 

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: PaletteBallet in the Park (Come Home Year), a guest performance at the 31st annual Festival of New DanceThe Nutcracker tour – our 36th year offering this holiday tradition – across the island from November 29 to December 21, a guest performance with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the premiere of our newest story ballet Narnia. 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.

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, particularly early-career choreographers through the Kittiwake-RBC Emerging Choreographer-in-Residence program. The more than twenty 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 and include a number of full-length story ballets. Some works reflect our province’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Our valued collaborators are Neighbourhood Dance Works, Duo Concertante, Strong Harbour Strings Collective and Shallaway Youth Choir. Recent guest choreographers include Edgar Zendejas, Nicola Hawkins, and Hilary Knee.

For twenty years, we have had a partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School, most recently delivering dance programs with seniors and schools and joining in their Sharing Dance Day celebrations. 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, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Government of Canada – and to its many donors and volunteers. Your support of professional dance creation, promotion and presentation in our province is deeply appreciated. 

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Kittiwake is a non-profit corporation and registered charity overseen by a board of directors. We are members of the Canadian Dance Assembly, DanceNL, Business and Arts NL and participate in International Dance Day activities.