Tuesday, October 2

Reframing disABILITY:

The Perspective From Artists in the Performing Arts 

12:30pm, Queen Elizabeth the second library, Mun

Free Admission

Panel Facilitator, Emily Christy, is a social change agent, researcher and a strong believer that lived-experience needs to be front and centre in advancing human rights. As the Executive Director of The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL since 2016, her work has been focused on bridging connections—through partnership and stakeholder engagement—with community, business and government in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in our province.

Panellist, Luca "LazyLegz" Patuelli, has been dancing (B-boying) since he was 15-years-old. He has developed a unique dance style incorporating his crutches and the strength in his arms, that has gotten him worldwide recognition. Lazylegz has been featured on Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, America’s got Talent, and many more. Luca is the founder and creator of the ILL-Abilities™ Crew, an international B-boy crew comprised of the worlds best “ILL-Abled” dancers.

Panellist, Paul Power- bio coming soon

Panellist, Erin Ball- bio coming soon


Friday, October 5


Zoe Vallee

9pm, Johnny Ruth

Free Admission

This piece represents the sharing of an idea between two individuals. When creating a work of art together, sometimes it feels as if two people share one identity, as if all ideas come from one mind. 

Zoë Vallée is in her third year of studies at Memorial University, majoring in Vocal Performance. She has many years of experience as a dancer and a dance educator. Zoë has been training from the age of 6 years old in various dance styles including Contemporary/Modern and Ballet. She has been a dance educator for the past six years and relishes her time with young minds. Amongst the pieces she has choreographed for her classes, Zoë has also mounted pieces with Kittiwake Dance Theatre. Her first creation was a multi media piece entitled “Sameness”, which was also featured that year in the festival of new dance, and her most recent being “Against Rite”, an interesting interpretation in movement of the music composed by Stravinsky (the rite of spring). Zoë is excited and grateful to be able to mount a piece again with the festival of new dance! 


Saturday, October 6


Candice Pike

7pm, Rocket Bakery

Free Admission

Uncaught III is a movement-based exploration of the Newfoundland landscape and vernacular found in the poetry of Robin Durnford. It has been created using improvisation activities that attempt to transfer the images and rhythms from the poems into movement. These improvisations were then set into a choreography small enough to be performed on a window sill. 

Olivia Brake, Hannah Ford, Emily Hiscock, Cassidy Taylor are dance students and enthusiasts from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The high school students are actively involved in the dance community and all take classes and volunteer at Dance Studio West. They are excited to be coming to the Festival of New Dance for a second time to share their choreography and to take in all of the workshops and shows that will inspire them for the rest of the year! They have been guided in this process of making and presenting choreography by Candice Pike.