Fall Newsletter

Job Posting: African Friendship Society
September 25, 2020
November 19 2020: Annual General Meeting
November 2, 2020

Fall Newsletter

Photo of Avery Smith by Mika Manning

Fall Updates from New Works! 

We’re keeping busy at New Works! Here are some updates regarding upcoming New Works shows, our Share Dance program, our artist support initiatives, as well as some other news including a job posting!


Dancers of Damelahamid: Spirit and Tradition | November 23-30, 2020 | Online Performance

Presented in partnership with The Dance Centre
FREE or by donation! 

Spirit and Tradition layers projected imagery, soundscape, and Coastal masked dance, immersing the audience into the rich and diverse ecosystem of British Columbia’s coastal mountains and Pacific Ocean. Spirit and Tradition’s key themes are reciprocity and ecological sustainability, conveying important cultural teachings on balance, interconnectedness, and community. 

More details: https://www.newworks.ca/2020/09/dancersofdamelahamidnovember2020/


Watch videos of our Summer Music and Dance Event ☀️

Didn’t get to see our live Summer Music and Dance Event this year? No worries! We’ve added tons of footage from the event onto our new Vimeo page here. You’ll be able to find a trailer of the event (above), artist interviews, full performances from Afro Van Connect artists Aisha Kay, Vuyo and Jonelle, excerpt from the FakeKnot performance and the full performance from Farnaz Ohadi Cuadro.

Watch videos here: https://vimeo.com/user124100178


September Artist Residencies 

We’ve been mentoring three artists/collectives since the beginning of the year: TWObigsteps collective, Erika Mitsuhashi and Avery Smith. You can find out more about them, their projects and how we’ve been supporting them here. One way we’ve helped these artists was by offering each of them a two-day technical residency at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island between September 21-27, 2020! 

More details: https://www.newworks.ca/technical-residencies-september-2020/


Community Outreach Workshop, accessible to all levels, with Dancers of Damelahamid

In connection to the Dancers of Damelahamid performance, we will be hosting a workshop with the company through our Share Dance Program. The workshop is movement based with discussion on the cultural significance of the movement techniques as well as the importance of story in the dance form and will be led by Margaret Grenier, Andrew Grenier and Raven Grenier. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear moccasins or bare feet.

Date: Sunday, November 22 
Time: 5pm-6pm PST 
Workshop will be live-streamed on Zoom. 

All levels of experience are welcome. Elementary school age. Open to children from all backgrounds – families welcome to participate.

To register, send an email to sindy@newworks.ca with the names and ages of participants and we’ll send you the zoom link! Register before November 15.


Artist Support

We’ve been happy to offer several training workshops over the past few months. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and let us know if there’s anything specific you’d like to learn more about.

  • August-September 2020: Touring pre and post COVID-19 led by Fascinator Management 
  • New Works September 2020 Grant Clinic 7 artists and groups were accepted into our September free grant clinic, as part of the many services we offer free, subsidized, or at low cost to artists and companies.

“I found the grant clinic useful and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend it. It allowed me to discover new ways of looking at my grant. I am definitely interested in attending another clinic if it is offered again.” — Feedback from a participant

  • Don’t forget about our ongoing Office Hours! Free 45-min consultations with our ED Julie Mamias to help you with your dance project.

Other News

OUR AGM: Save the date! Our annual general meeting will take place on Thursday November 19 at 5:30pm on Zoom. Please email us at info@newworks.ca if you would like to attend and learn more about the organization!

JOB POSTING: The African Friendship Society is looking for an Executive Assistant! View the posting here.