NAC is extending performance and event cancellations and postponements until August 31

French theatre presents : Magie lente (18 months to 5 years)

Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
NAC Azrieli Studio

“We reflected on the origins of the world; we immersed ourselves in the founding myths and inspiring stories of the diverse cultures that make it up.
Then we gave free rein to the images and sounds of a bold new cosmogony …”

Nathalie Derome, playwright and performer


OTTAWA, February 28, 2018 – Toddlers as young as 18 months are invited to a very important meeting with the first spark of life in the universe!
Through music and poetry, and mostly lots of clay (yes, that’s right: good old mud!), the play Magie lente (“slow magic”) draws on creation myths and legends to build a brand new world right before our eyes.

Nathalie Derome’s father is a potter, and she grew up in a house where making a mess was synonymous with learning. In Magie lente, she patiently reconstructs a piece of her childhood to share with the audience, along with some songs and poems.


“The play conveys an amazing sense of calm—the kind that comes from well-being,
from serenity, from achievement, perhaps.”
Marie Fradette, Le Devoir, May 8, 2017 (Transl.)


Conceived and written by Nathalie Derome and Steeve Dumais // With Nathalie Derome, Steeve Dumais and Anne‑Françoise Jacques // Sound: Anne‑Françoise Jacques // Artistic consultants: Lucie Bazzo, Raymond Marius Boucher, Colette Drouin, Azraëlle Fiset, Elinor Fueter and Gigi Perron // Technical direction: Michel Fordin

Produced by Des mots d’la dynamite

Running time : 35 min.



Our pre-show activities are back, to the delight of theatregoers young and old! Join us for finger painting, and visit our reading nook, created in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and stocked with books related to the themes of the play.

Where: Azrieli Studio Foyer

When: 45 minutes before each performance