Isolation, hope and playfulness take us on a journey of emotions, reflections and inspiration

October 31, 2022 – OTTAWA, Canada – This November, male choreographers take the stage of the Babs Asper Theatre with two very powerful performances: Momentum of Isolation by the strong and iconic voice from Vancouver’s Shay Kuebler, and Double Murder by celebrated UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter.


Momentum of Isolation by Shay Kuebler | Radical System Art
NOV 4-5, 2022

The dynamic Shay Kuebler returns to the NAC with Momentum of Isolation (MOI), a work that dramatically highlights the impact of loneliness and the disempowerment of technology in our lives.

With its strong and distinctive voice, Shay brings his life-long passion for martial arts, movement, and storytelling to each of his creations, immersing himself in a panoply of ideas and styles he has absorbed through his extensive travels. With Momentum of Isolation, he and his dynamic ensemble of dancers have created a poignant work centred around themes of loneliness and social isolation; pertinent and profound subjects for today’s world.” says Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, NAC Dance.

Playing with illusions, appearances and disappearances, the work conjures moments of fascination. Through complex choreography of groups and duets, Kuebler succeeds in poeticizing and giving meaning to the feeling of isolation that can overwhelm us all.

In today’s world, isolation—a theme that has inspired Kuebler since 2018, when he learned that the UK had appointed a Minister for Loneliness—has taken on a whole new meaning and even greater resonance. Through inventive and powerful choreographic language, Momentum of Isolation beautifully displays Kuebler’s signature style: highly physical dance rooted in his background in martial arts, urban dance, and theatre.


Double Murder by Hofesh Shechter Company
NOV 9-10, 2022
The following week, celebrated UK-based choreographer, Hofesh Shechter will bring Double Murder, a thrilling new double bill presenting two distinctly contrasting pieces of contemporary dance for our times.

While The Clowns is all pretence – a playful, sarcastic comment on our ever-growing indifference to violence, featuring an anarchic group of performers revelling in Hofesh Shechter’s signature urgent movement style and pounding beats – The Fix takes us into a completely different realm. A calming, soothing antidote to the relentless energy of Clowns, it invites the audience into a space of healing, openness, and vulnerability.

The musical score, also composed by Shechter, is a perfect complement to the movement. Atmospheric, almost cinematic, it conveys a strength that transcends the stage. Stunningly beautiful, Double Murder reveals Shechter’s unique mastery in its most complete form.

Hofesh Shechter is both a choreographic and musical wizard who draws us into worlds rich in meaning and sentiment. Always an NAC audience favourite, we’re thrilled to welcome the company back to our stage.” says Cathy Levy.

Members of the Press are invited to attend a 20-minute Dress Rehearsal of Double Murder on November 9th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. in the Babs Asper Theatre. RSVP is recommended.


November 7-27, 2022

To complete our November programming, NAC Dance will offer a new video-on-demand called Play. Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman turns the historic Palais Garnier into a vast playground where every object is a plaything. Play combines dance, theatre, music and song into a high-energy spectacle that explores play through the various stages of life. The 36 dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet are encouraged to improvise, to really play with the sets and objects onstage. Available from November 7 to 27, 2022 Play is the first of a series of 2 Digidance offerings this season.

Play is a production OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS, BEL AIR MEDIA, SVT. With the participation of francetélévisions.


To learn more about the 2022–2023 NAC Dance season, visit the NAC website.



 In-person in Babs Asper Theatre

MOMENTUM OF ISOLATION (MOI) by Shay Kuebler | Radical System Art
November 4-5, 2022 at 7:30 PM


DOUBLE MURDER by Hofesh Shechter Company
November 9-10, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Event page: Double Murder


Online via the NAC website

November 7-27, 2022
Event page: Play

To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster online or call 1-844-985-2787 (ARTS). Please visit to find out what you need to know before accessing the building and facilities. 



NAC Dance and the NAC Foundation would like to thank the donors and partners who have made the season possible. Thank you to Hotel Partner the Lord Elgin Hotel. The role of Executive Producer, NAC Dance, is generously supported by an anonymous donor.



The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.  



Julie Gunville
Communications Strategist, NAC Dance
National Arts Centre
613 668-2736

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