2024-25 Application Updates

Thank you for Applying to New Works' Call for Applications 2024-25! 

In January 2024 we opened our call for applications to All Over The Map performance opportunities (8 spots), Studio and Theatre Residencies (2 spots), and our Summer Production Internship (1 spot). Over one month we received 71 applications, double as many as we received last year! Thank you once again to every artist who took the time to apply; we carefully read and considered every application and appreciated the opportunity to get to know you and your work a little bit better. 

In my time at New Works, I have witnessed an incredible amount of inspiring applications from artists in our community. This last intake, however, was nothing short of fantastic in addition to exceeding our expectations with the sheer amount of volume of applications we received. I want to express to the artists in our community how much we appreciate the work you are doing and we see you and your hard work, from creating, self-administering and downright hustling to get your work out there! These are challenging times for everyone in the arts but please know that no matter what result you receive for your application, we appreciate your hard work and are trying our very best to provide opportunities to as many artists that we can. Please keep in touch with us–our goal is to always be aware of what artists we're working on so that if an unplanned opportunity presents itself, we can try to support more artists.

Amber Barton, Programming Director

Congratulations to the 2024-25 selected Artists

All Over The Map: Amulya Keshoju, Rina&Simziez , Happy/Accidents, Compagni V’ni Dansi / The Louis Riel Métis Dancers, Eva Cho, Roots Peruvian Folk Dance, Mozaico Flamenco, Palak Dhiman. 

Artist Residency: Tin Gamboa (Summer Studio Residency), Julie Lebel / Foolish Operations (Winter Theatre Residency). 

Summer Production Internship: Krystal Tsai. 


Keep an eye on our website as more information is shared about these exciting artists and their upcoming performances over the next few months!

Thank You to the Programming Advisory Committee

Huge thanks to our generous and thoughtful Programming Advisory Committee who carefully reviewed every single application! Their attention to detail, care and consideration, and professional insights and personal experience, was hugely valued throughout our application review process. We greatly appreciate their insights, feedback, and time over the last month. 


How is the Programming Advisory Committee chosen? 

The Programming Advisory Committee is made up of four independent dance artists working across genre and form who are engaged to bring their perspective and experience to the application review process. They advise the New Works staff and make suggestions on selections, though New Works staff are responsible for all final programming decisions. The role of the Advisory Committee ensures that New Works staff consider different perspectives and artists that they may not be aware of, invites practitioners of different dance styles to share their expertise, and holds space for a diversity of perspective that may not be represented within the staff body. 

Each individual is invited to serve on the Advisory Committee for a maximum of two years. After which point they are asked nominate another artist to take their place. Through this process, we welcome artist perspectives as selected and valued by their peers. 


2024-25 Programming Advisory Committee

Justin Calvadores

Justin Calvadores (they/them) is a second generation Filipinx, queer freelance contemporary dance artist based in so called “Vancouver” BC, the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Their artistic work is described by their relationship to queerness, as well as their passion to experience and express vibrancy through movement. // Photo by Cheryl Struss.

romham pàdraig gallacher

romham pàdraig gallacher: i'm an independent crip dancer & choreographer learning what new/ awkward/ beautiful creations and connections we can make by exploring the peripheries of ever-changing tangled/ disagreeable/ inconvenient dancing bodies; bringing our insides out, mapping them, then undoing and imagining different borderless futures together.

Ashvini Sundaram

Ashvini Sundaram (pronounced uh·sh-wi-nee su-ntha-rum) is a bharatanatyam-trained dance artist and emerging choreographer who holds an MFA in Dance from York University in Toronto. Born in Singapore, raised in Vancouver and trained in India, Ashvini targets questions related to cultural identity and decoloniality. Her choreographic research on minimalism called “Art of Time” examines "cyclical time" as seen in Indian classical music, aiming to transcend normative framings of time, body, and presence as seen in Western scholarship and dance writing. www.ashvinisundaram.com // Photo by Alison Wandzura.

Rianne Svelnis

Rianne Svelnis is a settler of European descent, a queer dance artist, teacher and community facilitator based on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ territories (Vancouver). Rianne facilitates inclusive, free dance classes at Carnegie Community Centre as part of the All Bodies Dance Project, and is workshop leader for the Carnegie Dance Troupe (Karen Jamieson Dance). Rianne co-facilitates Movement Classes for Support Workers alongside Alexa Mardon, and is also an associate producer with the Coast Salish-centred performing arts presenter, Holy Crow Arts Society. As a dancer, Rianne is so grateful to have performed in works by or co-created with so many beautiful artists, including Areli Moran + Kelly McInnes, Olivia Davies, Ziyian Kwan, Zahra Shahab, Justine Chambers, Lee Su-Feh, Daisy Thompson, and romham gallacher, amongst others. // Photo by Charlie Hannah.

Photo: Kelly McInnes performing at Pop Up Dances 2023. Photo by Ashley Jazure.