COVID-19 Protocols: (Subject to change). Audience members are required to wear masks at our ticket desk and at all times when moving between scene locations. Masks can be removed once audience members have physically distanced from each other. Hand sanitizer will be available at our ticket desk.
Reminder: There are no public washrooms at the Gardens! So we recommend you go before you come!
An in-person performance featuring professional and emerging dance artists from New Brunswick.
Information & tickets
The performance takes place in the SJ Public Gardens, 48 Seely Street.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through Eventbrite.
This year's performance is sold out. Thank you for all the support!
The performance happens rain or shine. The Festival will only be cancelled due to sustained rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time.
Advance tickets purchased for the cancelled performance will be refunded.
The audience will travel through the SJ Public Gardens to view each dance performance. Audience members are welcome to bring a blanket or small camp stool. The performances runs just under 1 hour.
Parking for the Festival can be found along Seely Street, any other side streets or at the Rockwood Park Entrance. Please allow time for parking and walking to the gardens.
Photo by: Rachelle Richard-Leger
Une Histoire anodine, un couple ordinaire.
"The body inhabited by a very personal story, a body that reacts to meeting the other."
Monelle Doiron is originally from Rang-St-Georges in New Brunswick. She began her studies in Dramatic Arts at the University of Moncton before doing her Baccalaureate in Contemporary Dance at the University of Quebec in Montreal. It was upon his return to New Brunswick, from 2009, that the creation manifested itself. In 2015, Monelle created Les Drôles de Moineaux collective with her life partner, the visual artist Denis Lanteigne. They have been creating and dancing together ever since.
Photo by: Emmanuel Albert
Since March 19th, 2020
"In the first few months after lockdown on March 19th, 2020, we were bombarded with troubling news. I had to decide whether to be overwhelmed by it or to be shaped by it."
Moncton-based Jalianne Li studied dance at Trinity Laban in London, UK, and apprenticed with Springs Dance Company. She is the choreographer of surFace Dance and has shown work in London, The Netherlands, the Atlantic Dance Festival danse atlantique, the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, the Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie (FICFA), Bouge d’ici (Montreal), Perspective (Saint John), Création Danse (Moncton) and the Open Studio Series (Halifax). Li has also delved into theatre and circus as well as dance and has performed with Theatre New Brunswick, Satellite Theatre, Connection Dance Works, Circus Stella and Danse En L’Air.
"I walked down the garden path and found this tree stump. I went no further. There was a story to be told and so, I took a seat."
Interpretive dance is creative expression of self, it can be personal and reflective. Movements with intent and emotion enables the dancer to tell their story. This journey of discovery is for both audience and dancer. I`ve had the pleasure of collaborating with other professional dancers, musicians, playwrights and poets in Saint John bringing the art of movement and storytelling to life. Pendula tells the story of the American Weeping Elm the Camperdown. This tree that once stood tall with a vast spread of twisted dense foliage, is now a sitting stump with history and new purpose. Please take a moment to reflect on what once was, what now can be, and the intervals of time and space.
"When we are stuck in a repetitive cycle it is best to embrace it, understand it, and perfect it, through this process we discover how to break free."
Kate Henderson is a 20-year-old performer from Rothesay, New Brunswick. She grew up dancing with Kidsing performance schools and now works there as a teacher and choreographer. Kate has focused on exploring the art form of contemporary dance in the last three years and is eager to share her work with Connection Dance Works for the third time.
"A thought can be changed into physical matter."
Jerry Burchill, born and raised Maritimer, is an emerging dance artist: dancer, choreographer & educator. His passion and purpose collide to provide Atlantic Canada artistic expression through movement and high-standard dance education. Jerry found his love for dance at the age of 8 years old, dancing competitively until the age of 17. He has graduated from 2 post-secondary dance programs at George Brown College in Toronto, ON receiving his certification and diploma in dance. He has danced for many companies local and abroad and has taught at many studios across the Maritimes. Whether it's developing dancers or hitting the stage, Jerry will execute his craft with precision, flare and style.