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We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has been lost forever and can never be recovered. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk (colonially known as Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi'kmaq. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut.


We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. 


Neighbourhood Dance Works recognizes that in our roles as artists and artistic leaders of this province, our task at hand is to support amplifying and celebrating the inherent value of Indigenous arts and dance, as a fundamental human expression that infinitely nurtures the legacy of those Indigenous generations from the past, present, and future.

Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to the 30th Annual Festival of New, we are delighted to share this presentation experience with you! 


This is a big year for Neighbourhood Dance Works, a double birthday (NDW 40, FND 30!) It’s time to dance in the street and in the theatre! But it is also time to ask big questions, to open our hearts and minds and consider who is Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance for, who does it serve, who does it engage, who has agency, who is missing, who is waiting in the wings to be lifted to centre stage. There are shifts happening within NDW’s operations, new staff, a new curatorial vision, we’re making space for deeper reflection, examining how action translates into change. Our commitment to support research, experimentation, creation, collaboration and the presentation of dance in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is unwavering. NDW is also equally committed to expanding the ways in which we connect and build relationships with artists and audiences, not yet known to us. All of this is the work of NDW, now and into the future. 


It’s been two years since our last in person festival; we’re so eager to embrace this live week-long dance immersion. The works in the 30th Annual Festival of New Dance connect us to the inner worlds of each choreographer and performer, their perspectives, their identity, their worldviews, the rigor that informs their physical practice. I hope these dancing bodies captivate your imagination and cultivate your ability to be attentive to the many ways artists need to take up space in the public realm. I hope these performances fuel your craving to see more live art; the sector needs audiences more than ever right now, especially when staying home has become far too familiar and “on demand TV” is the more instant gratifying choice. Join us for a post-show discussion, take in a workshop, join us on an artist walk. It will be nice to see familiar faces, to share a birthday toast, to talk with old and new friends and ground ourselves in this moment of re-connection. 


- Calla Lachance - Artistic Director, NDW and the FND 

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Message from the Mayor

As Mayor of our Capital City, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all dance lovers at this year's Festival of New Dance. Congratulations to the organizers on this milestone year! On your 30thanniversary, the City of St. John's, Council and I congratulate you on bringing provocative, contemporary dance works to the local stage. Welcome to the many visiting artists performing in the festival this year, and thank you to our many Newfoundland artists who are contributing to the Festival this year. With workshops, post-show talks, receptions and gatherings, this week promises to not only be entertaining but informative and educational as well. I know that it takes many hours of preparation to get ready for a festival of this size and quality. Thank you to those behind the scenes as well as in spotlight who work diligently each and every year to bring these shows to our community. The Festival of New Dance is a staple in the St. John's cultural calendar, and we hope everyone enjoys the shows!

- Danny Breen, Mayor

Message from ArtsNL

Welcome to Neighbourhood Dance Works’ 30th celebration of the Festival of New Dance. Since March 2020, the world has changed, as have we. Performance art, something we depended on to bring us all together became the very thing we could not do. While we’re still coping with reduced audience capacity and public health restrictions, fall is a time for new beginnings. Collaboration, ingenuity, and innovation are the stalwart characteristics of a true artist, and you are here at the Festival of New Dance because of your persistent creativity and dedication to contemporary dance. ArtsNL is pleased to support Neighbourhood Dance Works under the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations to further the development and growth of the dance sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. I would like to congratulate Calla and her hard-working team for bringing us a full week of compelling performance and thought-provoking exploration of contemporary dance. Happy 30thbirthday,Festival of New Dance!

- Melanie Martin ,Executive Director

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Big thanks to our community supporters!

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1:00pm & 2:00pm - Signal Hill

Calling the WinD

Ana Luísa Ramos & Vanessa Cordoso-Whelan


7:00pm - LSPU Hall

À perte de vue

Black Ballerina

FND's 30th Birthday

Reception Party

Corpuscule Danse (Lucie Grégoire)

Intermission - @Masonic Temple

Syreeta Hector

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10:30am - First Light

Workshop: Paper cuts
Christine Fellows

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Eating Bones and Licking Bread
Lara Kramer


10:30am - First Light

Workshop: A Dance 
Syreeta Hector

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Here nor There
Andrya Duff

Who Knit Ya?
Candice Pike with Josh Murphy

Alice Falling
Lois Brown with Candice Pike


8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

Taking Breath
Naishi Wang


10:00am - School of Music

Zab & Elli Maboungou

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Woman in Blue Softly Breathing
BoucharDanse (Lina Cruz)

9:30pm - Masonic Temple


Neighbourhood Drag Werks
\garbagefile, Barbra Bardot, Honey Fury, Larinda Mood,  and Newfound Lad


12:00pm - Masonic Temple

Workshop: Move/s
Ralph Escamillan

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Lesandra Dodson

Closing Party 
9:30pm @The Ship

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Celebrating a Legacy of Cooperation and Innovation

By Roshni Fiech and Josh Murphy  






“NDW is dedicated to the development of a responsive dance community that reflects the complexities of our time, that makes space for rich live art experiences and that encourages artists and audiences to take risks that deepen their appreciation of dance”

- Calla Lachance, 2021 


Since the very beginning of Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) in 1981, community, the coming together of artists, and responding to the needs of the time has been integral to its work. From its origins in Cathy Ferri’s classes in the 1980s, to bringing Newfoundlanders home and creating community anew in Navigating Home: The Newfoundland and Labrador Dance Project, to the National Arts Centre and NDW's Grand Acts of Theatre The Fire Kedgy’s Howl, creating dancers out of everyone and making space to connect, even during a global pandemic, has been central to NDW’s activities. NDW emerged from a cultural renaissance in Newfoundland and grew from collaboration between artists of various disciplines. From the jump, the intention was to develop art and dance in Newfoundland and Labrador, to develop local artists and local choreographies, and consistently react to the wants and needs of the space we’re making art within. 


As we reflect on the lack of racialized artists that have historically been represented in NDW’s programs, especially now as we hold ourselves accountable with global call to end racism, NDW will continue to foster initiatives that speak to the urgency of the moment. This includes, dedicated support for artists from racialized backgrounds with residencies (such as expanding the reach of the Indigenous Dancers in Residence in partnership with First Light), enhanced discourse and dialogue (as seen in our co-hosting of the national conference on Indigenous Dance in Canada), main stage presentations, and the formation of the Artistic Curator role in 2021/2022, with the aim to establish this as a full-time position upon reflection of our growth.




“Is it dance? Is it theatre? Who cares? In St. John’s it’s a show, no labels.”

- Amy Bowring, Dance Collection Danse Magazine, 2018 


When creating dance and art on an island, artists work with and are inspired by what's around them. People, landscape, culture, and an intrinsic need to be resourceful. Early in NDW’s days, exploration was at the helm of the artists’ creativity. Artists from Newfoundland and Labrador engaged with artists from away, such as Terrill Maguire and Sara Shelton Mann, to develop their own choreographic voices, to question what is or isn’t dance. What evolved out of the explorations that NDW infused into the province’s artistic scene was the development of its very own version of post-modern dance, and a score of artists unafraid to push the limits of creativity. Today, NDW is still allowing space for taking a leap, taking an idea and running with it through initiatives such as First Look, and Lois Brown and Lori Clarke’s Perform/ative/ance Inquiry Group (PIG). 

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Artistic Director: Calla Lachance

General Manager: Santiago Guzmán

Communications Manager: Rodrigo Iníguez 

Festival Coordinator: Robyn Breen

Communications Assistant: Nora de Mariaffi

Graphic Designers: Rodrigo Iniguez

Summer Interns: Josh Murphy, Roshni Fiech

Volunteer Coordinator: Laura-Beth Power

Tech Project Support: Robyn Breen

Ad Sales: Elaine Pond


FND Contract Staff/Professional Services

Technical Director: Victor Tilley

Lighting Designer: Robert Gauthier

Sound Technician: Patrick Dempsey

Stage Manager: Sheldon Downey 

Assistant Stage Manager: Robyn Vivian 

Technician: Phill Winter

Accountants: J. F. Morgan’s

Photographer: Malin Enström, Vaida V. Nairn

Videographer: Rodrigo Iniguez

Thank You to all these wonderful friends of the Festival of New Dance 

First Light Friendship Centre
First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity
Parks Canada (Signal Hill)
Keith at the Masonic Temple
Amy Bowring, Dance Collection Danse and Michael Ripley
Amy Andrews (for supporting the west coast artists)
Molly Margaret
Living Planet
Breen’s Deli
Tony at The Ship Pub 
Terre Café
MUN School of Music
St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre
Lori Clarke
Signal Hill Historic Site
Irene’s Gift Shop
Boca Tapas Bar
Rocket Bakery
Bad Bones Ramen
Print Three
Meghan Greeley at Riddle Fence
Joan Sullivan at Newfoundland Quarterly
Constanza Safatle at Newbornlander
Pony Locale
Local Media
Andie Bulman
Le Gaboteur

Thanks to those who sponsored our Festival by purchasing advertisements including: 
Jill Dreaddy Dance     
Soothe Spa
Terra Bruce
Nickel Film Festival
Kittiwake Dance Theatre