3 O’clock in the Afternoon will be performed at 7:30 in the evening

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As you all know, Dance producer Cathy Levy and the NAC are proud to bring you 'A World of Dance in Ottawa.' We don't often have Scandinavian companies on the season program (although we've had great success with Sweden's Cullberg Ballet and the Iceland Dance Company), but one of the finest will be here in February. Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, makes its NAC debut on February 22-23 with the high-energy, theatrical 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon. Choreographed in 2010 by the award-winning Ina Christel Johannessen, this is a poetic, political, and gripping dance piece which focuses on boundaries -- geographical and political boundaries, those in our minds, and those of the physical body.

Ina Christel Johannessen probes boundaries on many levels in 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon: about how we belong together, or create distance between us – both on a macro- and micro level. With her unmistakable movement language, and beautiful costumes and scenography (by Kristin Torp), Johannessen guides our emotions, providing us with multiple layers of stories and associations. You may be provoked, moved -- or simply captivated. Performed by twelve dancers to an electronic score, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon features a cleverly designed set with five doors that open to grant passage, revealing hidden artwork, and offering glimpses beyond. As the portals open and close, the dancers struggle to overcome separation and make meaningful contact with one another.

Johannesen's program notes ask:

A wall with several doors – where do they lead?
Do we yearn for the large empty room, or the small one in the back? Which of these is the way through?
What separates us? Doors, boundaries…
How can we connect – be together – with stitches?

Ina Christel Johannessen is one of Norway's leading choreographers. She is artistic leader of zero visibility corp., which she founded in 1996, and she has created no fewer than 13 works for Carte Blanche, several of which have been honored with prestigious awards. In 2008, Ina Christel Johannesen received the Norwegian Critic's  Prize for Ambra, which she choreographed for a coproduction between Carte Blanche and Iceland Dance Company. Ina's work is characterized by high-energy physical movement ("simply dazzling in its rich complexity") merged with very poetic and often theatrical elements. She is very much involved in the creating of visual elements, such as lighting and set design, which play crucial parts in her work. The musical elements are always composed of new or rewritten electronic works from international composers.

In addition to her work with zero visibility corp. Ina also creates choreographies for other dance companies, both in Norway and internationally. In December 2012, she premiered her newest work, Blind Willow, with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and in June 2013 she will premiere a new work created for City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong.

Don't miss Norway's Carte Blanche performing 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon!

Carte Blanche Master Class

with Annabelle Bonnéry, Rehearsal Director

Saturday, February 23 10:30am-12:00


Thanks to the generous support of the Embassy of Norway, Annabelle Bonnéry, Rehearsal Director with Carte Blanche will be teaching a free dance master class for local Ottawa and Gatineau students.         

As space is limited, register in advance with Kirsten Andersen, Dance Outreach Coordinator. Email: kirsten.andersen@nac-cna.ca or Tel: 613-947-7000 ext 588

  • Deadline for registration: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • For advanced level students and dancers only (aged 14 and up)
  • Location:  Rehearsal Hall B, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa (Enter by Stage Door)
  • Cost: FREE

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