April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

NAC Backstage Access for Culture Days

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Special Events Family programming

NAC Production

More events to be announced! All activities are free, bilingual, available on a drop-in basis and open to all ages except where noted.

Backstage Visits
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enter from Southam Hall Foyer
See the National Arts Centre backstage areas like you’ve never seen before: up-close and personal! You’ll have access to visit the NAC stages, dressing rooms, backstage corridors, and set-building shops in a self-guided tour.

Clown Acting Workshops
Studio Stage
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. AND
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Clown acting workshops with professional actors from Ottawa’s The Company of Fools.
In English

Waiting for Cary Grant – photography exhibit
Theatre Foyer
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Photographer Denis Redmond, also the NAC Theatre Sound Engineer, reveals the hidden beauty of the backstage environment.

Territories – photography exhibit
Studio Foyer
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Photography works by Mariana Lafrance from Sudbury ON.

Music for Young Children                
12:00 to 4:00 pm
Music for Young Children's multi-sensory approach to musical learning makes piano lessons fun!  It's the ideal way to learn to play!  Come, find out more and try our interactive activities with musical instruments of all kinds!

Dance Workshops
Theatre Stage
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE required; bring comfortable clothes to move in and your dancing feet!

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 
Contemporary Dance Class with with Ottawa's The School of Dance instructor Sylvie Desrosiers and Accompanist
Dancing with live music, explore the technique of contemporary dance; moving, stretching, using space, spinning and jumping. Learn a short dance; have fun with steps and gestures, to dance is to perform…on an amazing stage.

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.               
Hip Hop GROOVES with Julia Gutsik from Luv2Groove
Featuring a variety of funky music old and new, participants will get lost in movement while interacting, building self-esteem and expressing their creative minds. Get ready to learn some cool moves in a safe and supportive environment! Guaranteed to get your child moving, grooving and having FUN!

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
African Kizomba with Lynnette Adeline
Capital Kizomba organizes classes and socials for the Angolan dance called 'Kizomba'. Kizomba is a mix of traditional Angolan semba with kilapanda, zouk and merengue. It has taken Europe by storm and has now made its way to North America where its popularity has grown exponentially! Join us in discovering this beautiful dance!

3:00 – 3:50 p.m.      
1980s Dance Aerobics with Dance 101 teaching artist Sioned Watkins
Come out and have fun with Dance 101 and NAC teaching artist, Sioned Watkins. We will learn a simple choreography inspired by 80s dance aerobics.  Please feel free to dress up in your favourite 80s work out gear!

Live Band Karaoke
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fourth Stage
You’re the star in this version of karaoke where you’ll be accompanied by a live band of top-notch Ottawa musicians! Choose your favourite selection of jazz standards, musical theatre hits, rock classics, old favorites or kids’ tunes and sing your heart out in the cozy atmosphere of the Fourth Stage cabaret.

Clown Acting Workshop
Studio Stage
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. AND
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Experience the delights of dance and clowning in the company of the artists Brice Noeser and Estelle Clareton. Take part is a series of simple (yet quite complicated!) exercises that involve unusual and comical choreography and playing with rhythms, not to mention listening skills and being open to the moment. Bring your clown nose!
In French