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Kinetic is pleased to announce  Co-Artistic Directors Emma Kerson & Kay MacDonald! 

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Kay MacDonald


Emma Kerson

We are thrilled about this next chapter for  the organization and the energy these to creatives will be to our organization and the community.


“As two artists who have built careers on experimentation, play, relationship-building, interrogating the why, pushing boundaries, making space, imagining new worlds, dreaming of the future, and honouring the past, we recognize the many ways in which Kinetic is a vital contributor to a thriving dance ecosystem here in Kjipuktuk. In direct relation to the times and evolving world we live in, we believe in the power of a fluid and responsive structure for Kinetic in order to nurture and strengthen local movers, makers, and creatives. An artist, care, and community-forward approach will be central to our collaborative co-leadership model. Together, with our combined experience and in the spirit of advocacy for the community, we look forward to uplifting art that matters and represents a growing array of people and practices. We are thrilled and honoured to be given the responsibility of steering Kinetic forward into this next chapter.”


 -  Kay Macdonald & Emma Kerson 

The work of Kinetic takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral home and unceded traditional land of the Mi'kmaq people. We are grateful to be on this land, and have deep respect for those who have been its caretakers for many generations. We are committed to working to understand and live by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which govern this land.

We also recognize the African Nova Scotian communities whose work and presence has been central to the infrastructure of the places in which we work.


The dancer featured is Rufi Oswaldo, photography by Kevin MacCormack

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Open Studio Series

Kinetic offers professional choreographers the opportunity to show in-progress or finished works through our Open Studio Series. Through this series, Kinetic presents curated performances of work three times a season, showcasing the pieces of approximately 15 choreographers in total. The majority of the participating artists are local, but we also include some out-of-town artists each season. Successful artists receive an honorarium, access to rehearsal space, and documentation of their work.


Through the support of the Craig Foundation, Kinetic provides extra support to an artist to explore new or developing dimensions of their choreographic process. Each year the program is custom-tailored to the needs of the Explorations artist, with support generally including access to rehearsal space, a stipend, documentation, and the opportunity to show work multiple times over the season.

Artistic Residencies

Kinetic offers artistic residencies to dance artists and those wishing to explore dance and movement in their artistic practices. These residencies are offered to artists whose work falls within Kinetic’s mandate, and most often take the form of access to rehearsal space. Other supports can also be considered. 

Kinetic also offers a variety of classes, workshops, and other programmes that respond to the needs of our community.


Please contact the Co-Artistic Directors at and for further information on any of our programs.


Get in touch with us today to learn more about our performance schedule, events, classes, workshops & residencies.

Mailing address:
1113 Marginal Rd.
Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7

General Inquiries:
Co-Artistic Directors:
Emma Kerson: | Kay MacDonald:

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