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  1. Acclaimed Canadian Pianist Jan Lisiecki shares the stage with Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra in “Brahms Requiem” Feb 10-11

    February 2, 2016

    OTTAWA (Canada) – Drama and passion abound on February 10-11 when acclaimed Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki shares the stage with National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Music Director, Alexander Shelley in “Brahms Requiem,” a concert featuring radiant music by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.   These Air Canada Ovation Series performances will open with Brahms’... Read more

  2. DANCE AND THEATRE COLLIDE IN A STRIKING PRODUCTION BY TWO OF CANADA’S MOST CELEBRATED ARTISTS: CRYSTAL PITE AND JONATHON YOUNG

    February 1, 2016

    The National Arts Centre is very proud to present the critically acclaimed Betroffenheit, an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance by renowned Vancouver-based artists, choreographer Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) and actor/playwright Jonathon Young (Electric Company Theatre). Simply translated, betroffenheit is the German word for extreme shock or distress. Powerful themes of... Read more

  3. Un vent se lève qui éparpille at the NAC

    January 28, 2016

    Un vent se lève qui éparpille making its première at the NAC Théâtre français with English surtitles on Friday Feb. 12 February 10 – 13 at 8 p.m. in the NAC Studio The door slams behind him like a shot from a .22; A crow takes flight On the other side of the screen door, a woman forever frozen, her mouth open: a pillar of salt The man might come... Read more

  4. Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Brass Choir Perform the National Anthem at the Ottawa Senators Game on February 6

    January 28, 2016

    OTTAWA (Canada) – Hockey fans tuning in to Hockey Night in Canada are in for an added thrill on Saturday, February 6, when NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley leads the Orchestra’s Brass Choir in an exciting performance of the Canadian National Anthem to “set the stage” for Hockey Day in Canada! The Ottawa Senators will square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00... Read more

  5. Nadia Sirota Joins Alexander Shelley in the Canadian premiere of Nico Muhly’s Electrifying Viola Concerto

    January 25, 2016

    OTTAWA (Canada) –  Nadia Sirota and the National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform the Canadian premiere of Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto at the National Arts Centre on Feb 17-18. This much anticipated work was commissioned by an international consortium of orchestras and organisations made up of Orquesta Nacionales de España, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Festival of Saint... Read more

  6. ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET PERFORMS A POIGNANT BALLET ABOUT CANADA’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM

    January 18, 2016

    Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) delves into one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history in its heart-rending Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. Commissioned by RWB Artistic Director André Lewis with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the ballet will be performed at the National Arts Centre on January 28, 29 and 30. Based on... Read more

  7. Le cœur en hiver

    January 13, 2016

    Once upon a time lived another Snow Queen… One fine morning Kay decides to leave Gerda. He wants to go far away, over there where the snowflakes dance and the ice glistens, but that’s not what the courageous little girl hears. She decides to brave the cold and, at the risk of freezing, embarks on a long quest to find her friend. Sound familiar? The result of a collaboration between... Read more

  8. Indigenous storytelling at the NAC this week: World premiere concert, youth song project, art and reconciliation exhibition and panel discussion

    January 11, 2016

    OTTAWA – This week the National Arts Centre (NAC) invites the media to attend two days of Indigenous storytelling with fascinating performances, discussion and exhibition about the painful legacy of the residential school system in Canada. A highlight will be the world premiere of I Lost My Talk, composed by John Estacio and performed in Southam Hall by the NAC Orchestra under the direction... Read more

  9. NAC English Theatre Presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night As You've Never Seen it Before - January 20 - February 6 NAC Theatre

    January 6, 2016

    NAC English Theatre production Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Directed by Jillian Keiley As Imagined by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop Featuring the 2015/16 Ensemble and Guest Artist January 20 – February 6, 2016 January 6, 2016 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “Someday very soon there will be a style...that will be come to be known as ‘Old Trout-like’ –... Read more

  10. DADA MASILO REINVENTS A ROMANTIC CLASSIC WITH CANADIAN PREMIERE OF SWAN LAKE.

    January 4, 2016

    Choreographed by prominent South African dance artist Dada Masilo, a cutting-edge Swan Lake combining African dance and classical ballet makes its Canadian debut at the National Arts Centre Theatre on January 12*. Famous for her unconventional adaptations of traditional ballets, the innovative 30-year-old choreographer and dancer from Johannesburg has taken on one of the most notorious romantic... Read more

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