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  1. FACE 2 FACE 2016: MANY VOICES TO DISCOVER, MANY IDEAS TO EXPLORE

    February 15, 2016

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) is proud to be presenting its fourth edition of Face 2 Face, a series that puts the spotlight on rising stars of the contemporary dance world. From February 24 to 27, brilliant artists from various countries will share some of their best work in an intimate setting, either at the NAC Studio or at the Ottawa Dance Directive’s ODD BOX. “This year’s... 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. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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