New Works’ mission is to be an innovative platform for developing communities through art engagement; by supporting artists and cultivating audiences, and by providing and supporting diverse and inclusive performance experiences.
New Works presents dance all year round! We present events that are educational and entertaining, appeal to a broad general audience, provide opportunities to experience and participate in unfamiliar forms of artistic expression, and promote cross-cultural understanding.
Our signature dance series include:
Dance Allsorts is our signature performance and workshop series, and our longest running community outreach program. Entering its 18th Season, Dance Allsorts introduces all sorts of dance to all sorts of people. Performances take place Sunday afternoons at 2pm, and are followed by an intimate Q&A with the artists where audience members are given the opportunity to ask questions about the work they just saw. Afterwards, the stage is cleared for 30 audience members to participate in a free, 60-minute workshop with the dancers, where they can explore the movements, history, and sounds of that dance genre. It is New Works’ hope that by creating an accessible and open space for the public to experience dance, we can encourage a life-long appreciation for the live performing arts, which will sustain new artistic growth in the industry, as well as on-going public support.
All Over the Map
Three Sundays in August at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island, next to Performance Works. Two shows per day 1:00 and 3:00pm. In case of rain, the shows move inside Performance Works
Pop Up Dances are free tours of site specific dance performances throughout Granville Island that takes place in February during the Winterruption Festival. Audiences can expect the unexpected as intriguing and exhilarating dances pop up in unusual spaces throughout the island. Pop Up Dances celebrates dance in all its forms: traditional, classical, and popular, showcasing the energy and spontaneous excitement behind each one. Presented through a Cultural Partnership with CMHC Granville Island.