CanDance: What makes NDW a unique presenter in the Canadian dance community?
Calla: I believe our geographical location adds a level of appeal for artists attending the festival. The fact that we’re situated on the most easterly point of North America, coupled with the wild ocean, the rugged cliffs and the fairy enchanted South Side Hills that frame the City; it’s a stunning backdrop to the festival. Often our visiting artists can be seen running up Signal Hill or hiking the East Coast Trail in the few spare moments before and after performances. I’ve been told time and time again how they long to come back to the festival, not only to reconnect with our audience, but to reconnect with this place. Of course we have nothing to do with Mother Nature’s handiwork, but it sure is nice to capitalize on her beauty.
CanDance: Which Canadian dance artist / company would you love to present?
Calla: If we had unlimited money and time I’d want to bring everyone here. No seriously, I mean that. I want to have a huge dance marathon with back to back dancing for a whole month. In the short term I want to see Louise Lecavalier’s So Blue at the Longshoremen’s Projective Union – our historic LSPU Hall.
CanDance: What are some of NDW’s performance/ audience engagement success stories?
Calla: Performances and moments that our audience still talk about include Tedd Robinson balancing that incredible stick on his head; Dulcinea Langfelder in Portrait of a Woman with a Suitcase; Peggy Baker in her magnificent performance of Portal after being stranded in a B & B because of Hurricane Igor; the audience jumping to their feet following an opening night with Margie Gillis; and the unforgettable performance of Roger Sinha in Burning Skin. And our very own local artists: Louise Moyes in My Secret Pig, Barry Nicols in Moose Man and the beautiful duet of Sarah Joy Stoker and Peter Trosztmer in Broken Accidents. This blend of home-made talent and artists from away makes for so many memorable moments.