Staff

Yukichi Hattori – Artistic Director

Yukichi Hattori received his training at the school of Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. Upon graduating from the school He joined the Hamburg Ballet company where he danced for seven years. Yukichi was promoted to soloist in 2004 and danced many roles within the company. He also began to choreograph while in Hamburg and was awarded the Public Prize at the Prix Dom Pérignon choreographic competition.

In July 2006 Yukichi moved to Calgary joining the Alberta Ballet company as a principal dancer. With Alberta Ballet He created many pieces for the company including Carmen, the Seven Deadly Sins, and Tubular Bells, as well as starred in numerous company productions.

Yukichi retired from Alberta Ballet in 2016 and opened the H/W School of Ballet with his partners Galien Johnston Hattori and Tara Williamson. He continues to choreograph, collaborating with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Calgary and Calgary Opera to name a few. He will be taking the position of Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre starting August 2024.

Calla Lachance – Executive Director

Calla Lachance is a dance curator, advocate, educator and arts administrator with 30 years’ experience seeped in Canada’s vibrant dance ecology. Known for her work as the Artistic Director of Neighbourhood Dance Works’ and curator of the Festival of New Dance, Lachance recently stretched her wings to become Kittiwake Dance Theatre’s first Executive Director. She looks forward to working with Kittiwake’s artistic team and building on a remarkable 36-year history that has etched a distinct brand of contemporary ballet in Newfoundland and Labrador’s cultural canon.

As an artist, Lachance studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, York University, Studio 303 and among other independent programs across Canada and the US. She holds an undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree from York University and a certificate from George Brown College as an Intervenor for Persons who are Deaf-Blind. One of the most influential experiences during her early training was engaging in a deep practice of Contact Improvisation, which led to further studies with Alito Alessi of Eugene Oregon in Mixed-Ability dance. Those experiences fuelled her love of collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines.

 

Natalie Finn – Administrative Coordinator

Natalie Finn is a recent graduate of Memorial University’s Masters of Music program. She is a violinist and music educator with over a decade of experience in private music instruction. Her passion and excitement for the arts extends to her role with Kittiwake as Administrative Coordinator. She has shared her administrative support with various arts organizations including the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, NL.

As a violinist, Natalie performs regularly with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and with the Kittiwake Orchestra (most recently in their production of “The Nutcracker”). Natalie co-founded the ensembles Duo NorthEast and the Edge String Quartet. These ensembles both take great joy in showcasing music from diverse and varied genres and peoples. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring NL’s beautiful coastline on motorcycle, retreating to her family’s remote cabin, and tending to her growing plant collection.

 

Vernon Regehr – Music Consultant

Conductor and cellist Vernon Regehr is thrilled to join Kittiwake Dance Theatre in the newly established role of music consultant. He’s conducted performances with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Newfoundland Sinfonia, Glenn Gould School, and has been the director of the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra since 2003. Recently, the MUN orchestra performed with renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker as part of a co-production with the Toronto Symphony’s sesquicentennial events. He has led a number of major collaborations within the School including fully staged opera productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Medium, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel and Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

An avid performer and teacher, he serves on the faculty of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, and has been invited to festivals and concert venues across North America. His solo album, Full Spectrum, features Canadian works for unaccompanied cello including Lamentations, winner of an East Coast Music Award for Composition of the Year. Recently he commissioned and premiered Andrew Staniland’s Calamus song cycle with soprano Jane Leibel, and is currently collaborating with author and filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey to reimagine the cycle as a collection of short films.