October 22, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Canadian Contemporary Dance in Your Livingroom

Crystal Pite’s Body and Soul, performed by the legendary Paris Opera Ballet. © Photo: Julien Benhamou
Crystal Pite’s Body and Soul, performed by the legendary Paris Opera Ballet. © Photo: Julien Benhamou

From February 17 to 23, nearly 7000 households across Canada pressed pause on their favourite streaming subscriptions to tune into the Canadian exclusive premiere of Crystal Pite’s Body and Soul, performed by the legendary Paris Opera Ballet.  

The full-length recording of Body and Soul’s 2019 performance at the Palais Garnier, Paris, France was the first in a series of contemporary dance films presented by Digidance, a one-of-a-kind partnership between four Canadian leading dance presenters: NAC Dance (Ottawa), DanceHouse (Vancouver), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), and Danse Danse (Montreal). 

Through this ongoing partnership, Digidance addresses the current challenges of presenting live work in theatres by delivering exceptional, full-length Canadian and international digital dance content for audiences to enjoy from the safety of their own homes.  

Julie Teskey, an Ottawa Real Estate Advisor for Engel & Völkers and loyal NAC Foundation Corporate Circle donor shared “Great dance leaves you breathless. After watching Crystal Pite’s amazing dance performance, that is how it left me – breathless. Even though it was a livestreamed performance, the cinematic professionalism and love the dancers put into the art came through on the screen, making you feel every minute.” 

Following Body and Soul, Digidance paid homage to the late Jean-Pierre Perreault’s by offering his iconic contemporary Canadian dance piece, Joe, in March. The final presentation of the 2020–2021 Digidance series will be More than Dance, We are a Movement, available from April 14 to 20. This new film celebrates Red Sky Performance’s 20th anniversary as a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and around the world. 

Your support of the NAC Foundation helps us create exciting partnerships with sister performing arts organizations and bring powerful performances like these into your homes.

In the words of Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of NAC Dance, thank you for “ensuring that the National Arts Centre keeps dance in the hearts and minds of arts patrons.” 

Join more than 6,500 champions of performance, creation and learning by supporting Canadian artists, educators and students through the NAC Foundation.


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