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  1. The National Arts Centre's Ideas of North Festival: October 3 to 14

    September 26, 2017

    The National Arts Centre celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and Finland’s centennial year by presenting the Ideas of North Festival from October 3 to 14. Audiences are invited to see and hear the North through a five-part program featuring seven concerts and a series of free events – including noon-hour concerts and pre-concerts chats on music and Nordic... Read more

  2. NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE SHARING THE BEST OF THE PERFORMING ARTS WITH CANADIANS IN 2017 Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with Cross-country Orchestra and Theatre Tours, a Major Canada Scene Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and More!

    November 23, 2016

    OTTAWA (Canada) – At the National Arts Centre (NAC), Canada is our stage. That will be truer than ever in 2017 as the NAC celebrates our country’s 150th birthday by presenting a number of ambitious projects to mark Canada’s milestone year. The NAC’s plans include orchestra and theatre tours, a massive arts festival, and a Canada Day weekend extravaganza featuring the 25th... Read more

  3. MICHELLE DORRANCE TAPS HER WAY TO THE TOP AND ONTO THE NAC THEATRE STAGE

    September 29, 2016

    “One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” according to The New Yorker, will step onto the NAC Theatre stage with her piece ETM: Double Down on October 14 and 15. Michelle Dorrance will treat the audience to a modern take on one of the oldest dance forms in America. The performance will feature seven astounding tap dancers, three musicians and one B-girl (2016... Read more

  4. National Arts Centre Extends Until 2020 the Contract of Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of Dance

    August 30, 2016

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) announced today that Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, Dance, has agreed to extend her contract for four years, from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020. Cathy Levy, who joined Canada’s National Arts Centre in the fall of 2000, has acquired an enviable reputation throughout the Canadian dance community. Over the years Cathy Levy and her NAC Dance team... Read more

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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