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  1. 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

  2. MATINEES TO BE CANCELLED OR MOVED AS OF JANUARY 2016

    November 23, 2015

    November 23, 2015 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre (NAC) announced today that it will begin renovations of its 46 year-old building in December 2015, earlier than originally anticipated. The impacts of this shift are being felt across the entire organization, specifically resulting in the moving or cancellation of daytime performances, including student matinees.... Read more

  3. Taiwanese U-Theatre to present an impressive mix of martial arts, dancing, and drumming at the National Arts Centre on November 24

    November 10, 2015

    The powerful sound of drums will resonate through Southam Hall on November 24, as the NAC audience is treated to an exclusive Canadian performance of Sword of Wisdom by the celebrated Taiwanese U-Theatre company. Magnificent tableaux will be revealed through a combination of rhythmic dancing, martial arts, meditation, theatre and drumming, gracefully executed by an ensemble of 15 dancers and... Read more

  4. Urban meets Baroque in Hofesh Shechter's Trilogy barbarians at the NAC on November 10 and 11

    October 28, 2015

    On November 10 and 11, NAC Dance welcomes the return of the UK’s Hofesh Shechter Company to the NAC Theatre, with a trilogy entitled barbarians. Renowned for his highly physical and distinctive work—and raw, atmospheric music compositions to accompany his choreography—Hofesh Shechter’s barbarians presents an explosive universe consolidated around... Read more

  5. PROMINENT JAPANESE BUTOH DANCE COMPANY SANKAI JUKU WILL PERFORM EXCLUSIVELY AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE, ONE NIGHT ONLY ON NOVEMBER 3

    October 21, 2015

    The renowned Japanese dance company Sankai Juku will bring an exquisite Butoh performance to the National Arts Centre with its latest creation, UMUSUNA - Memories before History, on November 3 in the Southam Hall. An old Japanese word meaning “the place where humans connect with nature”, UMUSUNA explores the notion of opposites that complete each other. It refers to the ephemeral... Read more

  6. PROMINENT JAPANESE BUTOH DANCE COMPANY SANKAI JUKU WILL PERFORM EXCLUSIVELY AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE, ONE NIGHT ONLY ON NOVEMBER 3

    October 20, 2015

    October 20, 2015 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The renowned Japanese dance company Sankai Juku will bring an exquisite Butoh performance to the National Arts Centre with its latest creation, UMUSUNA - Memories before History, on November 3 in the Southam Hall. An old Japanese word meaning “the place where humans connect with nature”, UMUSUNA explores the notion of opposites that... Read more

  7. Double bill from young Flemish choreographer Jan Martens exudes relentless energy at the National Arts Centre Studio from October 22 to 24

    October 9, 2015

    NAC Dance is delighted to present the intrepid and wildly talented Flemish choreographer Jan Martens. This young and critically-acclaimed choreographer will offer two of his most recent choreographies, ODE TO THE ATTEMPT and THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER. These two energetic pieces, which draw on various aspects of modern culture, are touring in North America and will grace the National... Read more

  8. Cathy Levy’s 15th Season at the helm of NAC Dance opens with the exclusive Canadian engagement of Trisha Brown Dance Company on October 8

    September 24, 2015

    Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) is currently in the final year of its three-year Proscenium Works 1979-2011 tour, which includes stops at over 50 major US and international locations including an exclusive Canadian engagement at the National Arts Centre. TBDC performs in the NAC Theatre on Thursday October 8 at 7:30 p.m. Trisha Brown is a living legend, both a choreographic maverick and the... Read more

  9. SWEDEN’S METEORICALLY RISING DANCE STAR PONTUS LIDBERG MAKES HIS NAC DEBUT WITH THIS WAS WRITTEN ON WATER AND SNOW AT THE NAC ON APRIL 14

    April 10, 2015

    Sweden’s rising star choreographer Pontus Lidberg makes his NAC debut with a new creation, the breathtakingly poetic Written on Water, as well as his 2013 masterwork, Snow. This is a Canadian premiere and an exclusive Canadian engagement. Pontus Lidberg Dance performs in the Theatre of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Set to an original score by Stefan Levin,... Read more

  10. ALICE TUMBLES DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE IN 6 PERFORMANCES OF THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA’S EYE-POPPING ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ON APRIL 9-12

    March 30, 2015

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is wildly inventive and outrageously entertaining – an instant 21st-century ballet classic. The production enthralled audiences when it premiered in 2011 with its mind-boggling stagecraft, excellent choreography and perfect blend of classical dance and sheer entertainment. Having performed to sold-out houses in Toronto, London, New York City, Los... Read more

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