Since 1998 New Works has operated as a vibrant dance management + performance organization. We provide stable, affordable management services to some of Vancouver’s most innovative dance artists.
African Friendship Society / Jacky Essombe
At the African Friendship Society we believe that Canadians and the young generation especially deserve to know the real story of Africa without prejudice and discrimination. We celebrate the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Africa while bringing together local residents of African origin in unity and shared identity. We also build bridges and extend the hand of friendship to all other cultures to create a more culturally educated, accepting and inclusive community here in British Columbia.
The African Friendship Society was formed in April 2017 by Jacky Essombe to facilitate the growth of African Arts outreach in the community. Originally from Cameroon, Jacky Essombe grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. She has toured in Canada, the United States and Europe and has appeared on television and radio in Cameroon, Canada and France. A best-selling author, TEDx speaker, cultural liaison and enthusiastic ambassador for African culture, Jacky is a professional dancer, dance teacher, storyteller, trainer-facilitator and TV and radio show host. She has been creating inspiring and enriching arts-based community events in Vancouver for nearly 20 years.
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre is devoted to creating exciting and integral contemporary dance works. Determined to be innovative yet accessible, they push beyond traditional aesthetics and forms with unreserved ingenuity. Through research and experimentation, OIS celebrates the importance of challenging the preconceptions of what can be expected, experienced and expounded in contemporary dance.
New Works has been supporting contemporary creators David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen + their training initiative, Modus Operandi, since 2012. In 2018, OIS brought on a 2nd admin staff member, New Works provided office space for them. New Works has helped OIS during the development and touring of Vessel, Me So You So Me, Major Motion Picture and current piece Bygones.
Justine A. Chambers
Justine A. Chambers’ interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining dance performance. Drawn to the movement of all bodies, and focusing on the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday – she has been creating performance projects throughout Canada since 2000. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk, associate artist to The Dance Centre, and in the winter of 2017 was an artist in residence at artist run centre 221a. Chambers was awarded Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize in 2016 to create a new work in collaboration with her friend and colleague Laurie Young. In May of 2017, Chambers was one of three choreographers chosen to participate in the Yulanda Faris Choreographer’s Program.
Her recent works include: Semi-precious, The Choreography Walk, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Back It Up, Enters and Exits and COPY. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Vancouver Art Gallery (FUSE), Agora de la Danse, Canada Dance Festival, The Western Front, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance in Vancouver, New Dance Horizons and The Music Gallery.
Recent collaborations include projects with Claudia Fancello, Evann Siebens, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. In the fall of 2017, Chambers will present her work at the Festival of New Dance in St. John’s, New Foundland, and at Mile Zero in Edmonton, Alberta. Chambers works actively as a performer and has recently been featured in the work of Oded Graf & Yossi Berg, Company 605, Mascall Dance, Wen Wei Dance, and Tara Cheyenne Performance. She acts as external monitor and rehearsal director for a number of Vancouver-based dance companies. She leads classes in contemporary dance technique and improvisation at Working Class, Modus Operandi Training Program, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC and The Toronto Community Love-In.
Past clients include:
- Tara Cheyenne Performance
- The Response Dance Society
- Company 605
- Wen Wei Dance
- Company Co.ERASGA
- Stephanie Morin-Robert
- James & Jamesy