To be a model for supporting equity-owed artists, to be a hub for artistic excellence, and to build community through dance.
New Works is an innovative organization that exists to support dance artists, cultivate audience, and provide and promote diverse and accessible performance experiences. We strive to remove systemic barriers positioned against equity-owed practices and practitioners, including Indigenous artists.
New Works supports artists by:
- Providing meaningful opportunities to interact, lead, and teach, as well as perform;
- Connecting culturally specific dance communities with new audiences and forms, thereby nurturing a shared sense of ownership and belonging within the dance world;
- Making diverse dance events accessible to multiple communities; and
- Providing performance opportunities for diverse dance artists and companies.
New Works is a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable organization, founded by Barbara Clausen and a like-minded group of cultural workers in 1993 as a vehicle for the development, production and presentation of culturally diverse work that brings affordable, professional dance from around the world to local neighborhood venues.
In 1998, New Works began to operate additionally as a dance management organization, providing stable, affordable management services to some of innovative dance artists and companies, while also providing pro bono and special project assistance to many creators in the city’s dance ecology. New Works continues to play an important role in building the next generation of arts administrators by providing on-site internships, work experience, and mentorship.
New Works gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, CMHC Granville Island, The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, and Presentation House Theatre, as well as our community partners East Van Graphics, The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, SFU Office of Community Engagement, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and The Dance Centre.