Meagan O'Shea

Photo by Jeremy Mimngah

Votive Dance

Photo by Raphsel Titsworth-Morin

Kelli Wray

Photo by Deanna Musgrave

Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival 2015
Schedule of Events


Friday, June 26


5:30pm      King’s Square | FREE     


Rothesay Ballet School 5:30pm & 6:00pm

Contemporary dance students from RBS perform Displacement and Alegria. Choreography by Marcia Dysart. *Dances will be repeated again at 6:00pm


Nawal Doucette 5:45pm & 6:15pm

American Tribal Style® Certified, Modern Bellydance & finger cymbals inspired by Salimpour Format and rock ‘n roll. *Nawal will perform at 5:45pm & 6:15pm


7pm            Buckland Gallery | 35 Duke St | FREE

Join us at the Peter Buckland Gallery for the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival Kickoff Party!  The party gets started with a special performance by Meagan O'Shea

7pm Meagan O'Shea We Don't Need Another Hero

7:45pm Reception 


We Don’t Need Another Hero began as an experiment at Connection Dance Works’ Perspective project in 2013, and has since been performed in Finland and Greece, as well as at The Theatre Centre in Toronto as a DanceWorks CoWorks event. Inspired by the Occupy movement and wanting to examine the paradox between belief and action versus convenience and complacency, Meagan questions how we decide to make choices and engage in our world.

Ever After will be joining Meagan for this performance! In May, 2014, the girls recorded their first original song "Say Don't Speak". The album, This is Where We Play, was released through InterAction School of Performing Arts.


Saturday, June 27


11-11:30am      King’s Square | FREE

Meditation in MOVEment

Kelli Wray will be offering an outdoor session for everyBODY, young and old!

A playful experience where no steps are taught and no experience is required. Let the music be your guide as you enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of the dance!


Noon                King’s Square | FREE

Votive Dance VERGE: a collaboration of dance and music. 12:00pm

VERGE was co-created by Votive Dance Artistic Director Kathleen Doherty and saxophonist Andrew MacKelvie and it is the product of over two years of study on integrating their respective mediums. Through a mixture of collective improvisation and set pieces the VERGE ensemble examines the qualitative similarities between music and dance. The ensemble also features performances by some of Halifax's new and exciting improvisers.                                                   

1:30pm            King’s Square | FREE

Kelli Wray 1:30pm & 2:00pm

Kelli Wray's passion for the arts and for dance flourished while working as a street performer in Ottawa. Her journey took her to Halifax where she further developed her artistry studying African and Modern Dance, to the fluid motions of yoga and tai chi, gaining a sense of her own unique style of interpretive movement . *Piece will be repeated again at 2:00pm


InterAction School of Performing Arts  1:45pm & 2:15pm

Unsweetened - student musicians and dancers collaborate on an original piece. Under the direction of Chuck Teed and Sarah Power. *Piece will be repeated again at 2:15pm


Sunday, June 28    


11am-12:30pm   228 Germain St | Third Floor | Cost: $10


Kathleen Doherty (Votive Dance) will lead a jazz workshop, which will allow dancers to           explore many traditional aspects of jazz dance including swing, classic and other eras.

This workshop will include discovering jazz music through improvisation and set                     centre work.  Participants will also gain a comprehensive working knowledge of                     existing jazz artists and the development of jazz as a music and dance art form.                      

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