September 2020 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
  • Script / Poetry Reading Clyde A. Wray
  • Performance Producer Garry Williams

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. 

Exact time and location of this event to be confirmed. Please check here for updates.
Please note performance time is indicated in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Please adjust for your local time zone.

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. Eleven 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.

This event will be photographed and recorded, with excerpts being presented online at a later date, so we are advising all attendees that by attending the event, individuals are deemed to consent to the recording of their image and use of their image in connection with recordings and photographs of the event, which may be published. All video recordings and images of the event captured by the organizers shall be the sole property of organizers and all rights of personality, publicity, privacy, or other rights of participants in recordings or photographs shall be deemed to have been waived.

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  • Script / Poetry Reading Clyde A. Wray
  • Performance Producer Garry Williams
  • Composer, Musician Dinuk Wijeratne
  • Choreographer, Dancer Liliona Quarmyne
  • Producer Raeesa Lalani
  • Technical Director Michael Mader
  • Assistant Producer (training) Kelly Li