New Atlantic Ballet Indigenous director says collaboration, not tokenism, key to new role – CBC

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Aug 15, 2022

Atlantic Ballet will bring Indigenous-themed ballet to Fredericton Playhouse

The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada named a new director of Indigenous programming — a position borne of a collaboration that lasted over eight years.

Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet Possesom from Sitansisk, or St. Mary’s First Nation, has worked with the Atlantic Ballet on numerous projects over that time, including a ballet debuting in May.

He is the first person to hold this position at the ballet.

“It was a natural fit as things kind of progressed that we develop more programs together and this is how it came to be,” said Possesom.

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