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  1. The 12 Highlights of the National Arts Centre's 50th Anniversary Year

    December 17, 2019

    The National Arts Centre enjoyed an extraordinary 50th anniversary year in 2019. It included exquisite performances by The National Ballet of Canada; the highly successful North American premiere of the popular BIG BANG festival; the landmark programming announcement for the inaugural season of Indigenous Theatre; a triumphant 50th Anniversary European Tour by the NAC Orchestra; a celebratory Open... Read more

  2. French Theatre presents Le problème avec le rose (Dec. 14-15)

    November 28, 2019

    December 14 and 15 at 3p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio Recommended for 6-12 years old In French Une idée, toute bête au fond, bouscule l’univers de quatre amis. Le rose, c’est pour les filles ? Pfff ! N’importe quoi ! Oui, mais si ? Avec ce spectacle ébouriffant, Érika Tremblay-Roy signe un texte sonore, en... Read more

  3. French Theatre presents Lévriers (Dec 6-7)

    November 21, 2019

    December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at LabO, University of Ottawa, in the Ottawa Art Gallery building (10, Daly ave) 14 years old and over In French A bare stage, a few chairs, a director and five performers playing themselves—maybe it’s not even a show? And yet, Sophie Gee has created a poignant work that digs through the junk pile of our everyday failures to extract pearls of... Read more

  4. French Theatre presents Zéro (Nov. 27-30)

    November 12, 2019

    November 27 to 29, 2019, 8 p.m. and November 29, 2019, 4 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio In French with no surtitles   After writing plays dealing with the numbers from 1 to 9 and investigating multiple facets of identity, Mani Soleymanlou goes back to zero, the big nothing. Revisiting his notebooks, he attempts to return to his artistic beginnings and draw from the very... Read more

  5. French Theatre presents J'aime Hydro (Nov. 6-9)

    October 25, 2019

    November 6 to 8, 2019, 7 p.m. and November 9, 2019, 2 p.m. at NAC Babs Asper Theatre In French with no surtitles Acclaimed by about 50,000 people throughout the province of Quebec! More than 3 hours and a half-long documentary play, captivating. On a mission from documentary theatre company Porte Parole, Christine Beaulieu launched herself heart and soul—despite her self-doubts and... Read more

  6. French Theatre presents Une lune entre deux maisons (Nov. 2-3)

    October 23, 2019

    November 2 and 3 at 3 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio Recommended for 3-6 years old In French The space between Plume’s house and Taciturne’s house is a chasm. A whole moon can fit into it! With its playground-like set and its moving performances, this show about overcoming our fear of the unfamiliar accurately measures the internal temperature of a child’s heart. Written... Read more

  7. French Theatre presents Parce que la nuit (Oct 16-19)

    September 26, 2019

    October 16 to 19, 2019, 8 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio In French with passages in English ‟A fusion of poetry and rock” (La Presse, transl.) ‟Really high calibre work” (ICI Radio-Canada Première, transl.) ‟Five voices, one superb portrait” (Voir, transl.)   In this overview of the life and work of Patti Smith, Brigitte Haentjens... Read more

  8. French Theatre presents Bonne retraite, Jocelyne (Oct. 2-5)

    September 10, 2019

    October 2 to 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at NAC Babs Asper Theatre In French   Retirement often prompts people to look back at the past, but in Jocelyne’s case it becomes a pretext for a flood of opinions, awkwardness and bitterness. In dialogue that alternates between banal odiousness and odious banality, Fabien Cloutier turns the microscope on a nuclear family trapped in a teeming vivarium. A... Read more


    September 9, 2019

    Algonquin-led Canoe Procession Down Rideau Canal to Officially Open the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 OTTAWA (Canada) The inaugural 2019–2020 season of the world’s first national Indigenous Theatre of its kind gets underway in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre (NAC) with Mòshkamo: Indigenous Arts Rising, a unique Indigenous... Read more

  10. September 11 to 29: Mòshkamo Festival Kicks-off Inaugural Season of First Indigenous Theatre of its Kind at National Arts Centre

    September 6, 2019

    The inaugural 2019–2020 season of the world’s first national Indigenous Theatre of its kind gets underway in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre (NAC) with Mòshkamo: Indigenous Arts Rising, a unique Indigenous arts and community festival featuring exciting all-Indigenous programming in the NAC’s performance and public spaces September 11-29, 2019 The festival will take... Read more