SiNS is a collective of contemporary dance artists that strives to create and bring exciting contemporary dance work to Nova Scotia. SINS is a vehicle for creation and performance for dance artists, both resident or with a strong connection to Nova Scotia, to develop their talent and work together for the benefit of the artists and the Nova Scotian dance community.
SINS was established by its three co-founders: Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, and continues under the Artistic Direction of Jacinte Armstrong. Sometimes in Nova Scotia, and sometimes not, SiNS endeavours to build collaborative opportunities between Nova Scotia and abroad -and for other artists who are interested in the area.
With a keen interest in the investigative process and continuous growth through a constant exchange of ideas, SINS operates through flexible, project-based partnerships that further creation, production, performance and touring within a model of continuous exchange. SiNS engages a broad cross section of the dance community in shared learning experiences and new work development. SiNS is a vehicle for collaboration and dialogue between artists and audiences of Nova Scotia and beyond.
Since its inception, SINS has created 10 works in Nova Scotia by artists Jacinte Armstrong, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Susan Lee, Daelik, Thomas Lehmen, Kelly Keenan, and Denise Fujiwara. SiNS has been presented by Live Art Dance, Kinetic Studio, and the city of Halifax, and has toured the Maritimes and across Canada including performances in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria.
SiNS’s current central project is a duet commissioned for dancers Jacinte Armstrong and Elise Vanderborght, by choreographer Denise Fujiwara (Toronto), with sound composition by Phil Strong, lighting design by Roelof Peter (Ron) Snippe, and video design by Laurel MacDonald.