Participatory public art project by Jacinte Armstrong

Discover the dance found in everyday things.

November 3, 2023   |   7:00 PM
November 4, 2023   |   2:00 PM   |   4:30 PM*   |   7:00 PM*

All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street
*ASL interpretation provided



“Play is the mediator of the invisible and visible. ”

- Dora M. Kalff, Jungian therapist


Mocean Dance presents PLAY, a new commissioned interactive piece by multifaceted artist Jacinte Armstrong. PLAY invites all of us to be in the moment. Using movement, drawings, music, and colorful large-scale objects, Armstrong together with an interdisciplinary cast puts into play a communal and joyful building of a work. No previous dance experience is needed to become part of the performance. Whether you choose to take an active part in the creative flow or just sit back and enjoy the time and space, this whimsical piece will draw you in. Beginning from the idea that dance is in all of us, PLAY explores how objects around us choreograph the movement in our everyday lives.


All are welcome! Attendees are invited to watch and/or participate as they will, and move at their own pace and ability in community with others. This is a family friendly event, but please note the experience is not specifically geared towards children.



We're also bringing this work to the community in two free workshops at the Halifax Central Library with Jacinte Armstrong:

Oct 26th, 7 - 8 PM
Oct 28th, 12 - 1 PM  |  2:30 - 3:30 PM

Learn more about our library workshops!



Jacinte Armstrong is an artist based in Halifax/K'jipuktuk, NS. Her work explores embodied practice through performance, choreography, collaboration, and curation, communicating the experience of the body in relation to objects, materials, sounds and people. She performs regularly with SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance, Mocean Dance, and independently. She was Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio from 2014-2018, and since 2015 has been part of 8DAYS8JOURS, an annual gathering of Canadian choreographers. In 2016 Jacinte received a Nova Scotia Masterworks Award as a dancer with Mocean Dance in Canvas 5 x 5 choreographed by Tedd Robinson, and was awarded an Established Artist Recognition Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. She is a member of CADA, the CDA and the DTRC. Jacinte received her MFA (2020) from NSCAD University, and is currently becoming certified as a Laban Movement Analyst. For more visit


Photos by Kevin MacCormack



A woman within a circle of text



Special thanks to our Show Sponsor, local realtor and arts champion Rosie Porter, for supporting our PLAY performances!