Martin Vallée – Artistic Director and Choreographer

Martin Vallée has been Artistic Director and primary choreographer of Kittiwake Dance Theatre for almost fourteen years.

Before moving to Newfoundland, he danced professionally with companies such as: the Alberta Ballet, Calgary City Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet, Ottawa Ballet and The National Folk Ensemble, Les Sortileges.

Martin’s choreographic credits for Kittiwake include full-length ballets: Alice, Mermaids of Avalon, Fairie Fey, The Nutcracker and themed, shorter pieces: Soundscape, After the Dust Settles and Accompanied Cello Suites. A sought-after choreographer, he has also created Tommy for the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, Carmina Burana (excerpts) for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Swan Lake (excerpts) for the Calos Youth Orchestra.

In addition to performances in Canada, Martin’s professional career has taken him to the United States and Europe where he has performed lead roles in: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Coppelia, The Snow Maiden, Cinderella, Carmen, Miss Julie, Spring Waters, Serenade (Balanchine) Four T’s (Balanchine), Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Cereus (Tudor), Carmina Burana (Butler), Moores Pavane (Limon) Gaite Parisienne (Masine), Les Rendez-vous (Ashton) Jeux de Cartes (McDonald), Pineapple Poll (Cranko), Cats, and various other well-known modern repertoires.

Martin’s classical dance training was acquired at L’École Supérieure de Dance du Quebec and the Alberta Ballet School. He has been an instructor at the International School of Ballet in Calgary, the School of Dance in Ottawa and Dance Studio East in CBS and Mount Pearl, NL as well as its owner-operator.

In 2018, Martin was named the BMO-ArtsNL Artist of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Corie Kean – General Manager

Corie Kean is a St. John’s-based dance/theatre artist, arts educator and arts administrator.  She has showcased her choreography locally at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Music at Memorial Concert Series, Neighbourhood Dance Works’ Sidewalk Dances, and in Ori, a full-length dance-theatre solo show she co-created with textile/theatre artist Bruno Vinhas.

As an arts educator, Corie has facilitated dance and drama classes and workshops for many schools, organizations and initiatives, including Eastern Health, Easter Seals NL, Soul Warrior Yoga for Youth, Steffen Dance, MAX Dance, NLMoves, Canada’s National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

On the administrative front, Corie has previously served in roles for DanceNL and the St. John’s Short Play Festival.

Photo by: Ritche Perez

Vernon Regehr – Music Consultant