Supporting Underserved Communities
Our outreach projects support underserved communities and artistic practices. This includes individuals with disabilities, members of the indigenous community and dance from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Community Outreach & Residencies
NDW stimulates the local dance scene by providing opportunities for performance and professional development. Outreach takes many forms including workshops, choreographic labs, and creative residencies. Our programs benefit both artists and the general public with much-needed training and mentorship.
In 2017 and 2018 NDW, in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Culture Centres, hosted Andrea Williams (Raíces y Alas) for a province wide workshop and performance series.
In October 2018 NDW, in partnership with The Luca “Lazylegz” Outreach Committee (comprised of 8 cultural, healthcare and disability organizations) hosts dancer/activist Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli. Luca toured Newfoundland and offered a series of lectures and workshops sharing his message of "no limits, no excuses".
This series engages local dancers and choreographers inviting them to create pieces for storefront windows. These dances animate public spaces and inspire people to see their surroundings in a different light.
First Look is an opportunity for performance artists to present works-in-progress. Each event is held in a supportive environment and followed by a moderated public discussion. First Look continues to be a crucial stepping-stone for artists who want to further their careers and seek funding for the creation of new works.
Technical Residencies allow artists to explore and realize technical details of their work. Artists have time in the theatre to think and move through each production element with the guidance of professional technicians.
Choreographers, Catherine Wright, and Lois Brown, are currently engaged in technical residencies in preparation for premieres in FND 2018.
Curtain-raiser performances showcase local dance students and emerging artists. This initiative offers a meaningful context to connect with youth, and provides them the opportunity to perform in a professional environment.
Remix a creative exchange
Visiting choreographers reinterpreting dance works by local artists. A cross-country partnership between Studio 303 (QC), Mile Zero Dance(AB), Neighbourhood Dance Works (NL) and The CanDance Network.
Work by: Louise Moyes — Mavis Gallant: a docuDance
Remixed by: Amber Borotsik (Calgary, AB)
Work by: Candice Pike — couerPulse
Remixed by: Thea Patterson (Montreal, QC)
Funded by Canada Council for the Arts.