Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) was born of a large community of artists needing space in which to develop and investigate their art and performance in 1981. NDW, with many independent performance artists, worked tirelessly to become a catalyst for experimentation, collaboration and performance, and a producer of contemporary dance in Newfoundland & Labrador.

As interest in contemporary dance increased, Ann Anderson founded the Festival of New Dance in 1990. Six artists were programmed in the inaugural year: Campagnie Carole Bergeron (Montreal), Dulcinea Langfelder (Montreal), Jennifer Mascall (Vancouver), and Lois Brown, Lisa Porter and Stephanie Squires of St. John’s. We are thrilled that two of the original six performers are participating in the 26th anniversary festival: Lois Brown and Lisa Porter.

Interested in performance, storytelling, film, issues of accessibility, or pure entertainment? This festival promises a feast for your senses and your imagination. In 26 years, we have presented more than 100 artists and cultivated a vibrant and loyal audience and this year’s festival will not disappoint. The 2016 program features performances by artists with us from festival inception, world-renowned performers, established locals and Newfoundland expats who have made their mark abroad in a celebration of Canadian dance. It is a microcosm of what is important on the Canadian scene, new, returning and local. Performances explore the boundaries between literature, multimedia, theatre, performance art, film and dance. This festival promises to be a wonderful celebration of dance with main stage performances, outdoor events, community collaborations, professional development opportunities with Master Class instruction, artist talkbacks and networking.

The Festival of New Dance 2016 will be preceded by a National Presenter Conference and Atlantic Dance Showcase. 

Neighbourhood Dance Works and The Atlantic Presenters Association are slated to host a major industry gathering in St John’s, NL from Oct 4 – 6, 2016. This event will take place alongside the 26th Festival of New Dance and will consist of a national presenter conference, national and regional meetings, and an Atlantic Dance Showcase featuring up to a dozen regionally-based dance artists.

Presenting partners include:
The Atlantic Presenters Association
Made in BC: Dance on Tour
La danse sur les routes du Québec
Ontario Dances
The CanDance Network

The Festival of New Dance, Presenter Conference, and the Atlantic Dance Showcase are generously supported by:
Department of Canadian Heritage
The Canada Council for the Arts
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Province of Nova Scotia
The Government of New Brunswick
Arts NL
City of St. John’s

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