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

Prismatic Arts Festival (Halifax, NS)

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Music Theatre Dance

One magical moment.

For an evening, the Prismatic Arts Festival will be making the city of Halifax its stage. Imagine a world-class pianist projected onto one of downtown Halifax’s oldest buildings, while on the ground, dancers move to powerful poetry that is resounding throughout the historic square.

Join us for a performance by some of Atlantic Canada's leading Indigenous artists and artists of colour as they come together to weave a profound tapestry of spoken word, dance, music, multimedia, and live performance.

At a time where we are acutely aware of movements and conversations taking place around us, while reflecting on our own personal journeys, we need to begin changing the narrative - Shifting Verse. 

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Twelve of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

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  • Producer Raeesa Lalani
  • Composer, Musician Dinuk Wijeratne
  • Script / Poetry Reading Clyde A. Wray
  • Choreographer, Dancer Liliona Quarmyne
  • Performance Producer Garry Williams
  • Technical Director Michael Mader
  • Assistant Producer (training) Kelly Li
  • Music Dinuk Wijeratne, Skratch Bastid, The Afiara Quartet
  • Dancers Susanne Chui, Brandon Skeete, Jayla James, Abady Alzahrani, Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis
  • Production Designers Michael Mader, Raeesa Lalani
  • Lighting Director Terry Rice
  • Video Projections RPM Productions, Oakar Myint
  • Projection Colourist Anna Shepard
  • Audio Mixing Gary Tulk
  • Video Production Mirror Image Media
  • Graphic Design Alix Wilson