As the performing arts sector continued to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre English Theatre responded with ‘Grand Acts of Theatre’, an initiative bringing Canadian artists and audiences together across the country. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies were engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works to be performed outdoors and filmed in front of live audiences in various locations.
As one of the companies selected, Neighborhood Dance Works produced The Fire Kedgys’ Howl. The show featured and employed numerous local individuals: 25 dancers/performers, 3 musicians, 13 choral singers, 8 designers, 2 choreographers, 12 technical, film, and photography staff, 9 project advisors, and 3 administrative staff. This successful event took place on October 7, 2020, and was performed
The show treated residents of St. John’s to a brand-new, socially distanced work in one of the city’s historic outdoor spaces, while also getting featured through national broadcast streams in December 2020. The project put St. John’s on the map as a lively, creative hub that allowed artists to pivot with purpose and meaning during the throes of this pandemic.