The Indigenous Dancer in Residency

The Indigenous Dancer in Residency is produced by Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW), in partnership with First Light Friendship CentreSpirit Song Festival and The Arts and Culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. The residency fosters collaboration and exploration of dance in an indigenous-led process with three distinct artists, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Commencing in June 2019, Possesom Paul(NB), Rebecca Sharr(NL), and Meagan Musseau(NL) assumed the role of NDW’s IndigenousDancers in Residence. Under the direction of Possesom Paul, the artists will develop an original dance work that will culminate in a premiere presentation in Fall 2020. To share their developments, the artists will perform a “Curtain Raiser” excerpt at the Spirit Song Festival(Nov 2019) in St John’s. The long-term aspirations of this project will involve a lengthier creative process and technical residency at the LSPU Hall as well as continued youth outreach in the coming year.   

NL Presentation Series

This year’s festival will also see a number of emerging Newfoundland born artists featured in our mainstage alongside some of our most recognized and celebrated local artists. With many of these artists living away, NDW has provided essential resources to foster creative opportunities at home and across the island that engage artists and their peers while putting building blocks in place for long-term artistic programming.

 Artists include: 

  • Robyn Breen– new solo work 

  • Hilary Knee- (of Corner Brook) dancing in work by Sharon B. Moore and co-presented in partnership with Candice Pike’s Corner Brook Dance Initiative

  • Robyn Noftal– new work created by Mateo Galindo Torres and commissioned by NDW with Tina Fushell as “Outside Eye”

  • Alicia Grant – new work and precursor to 2020 community engagement project

  • Sarah Joy Stoker – new solo work, previously supported by NDW’s First Look

  • Andrea Cooper – new solo work with creation support provided by NDW