Martin Vallée – Artistic Director and Choreographer
Martin Vallée has been Artistic Director and primary choreographer of Kittiwake Dance Theatre for more than 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.
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.