Dancing on the edge in Face 2 Face: 15 performances, 7 choreographers.1 jam-packed week of dance!

Ame Henderson/ Public Recordings © Sandra Belanger

Dance Producer Cathy Levy is delighted to welcome you to the NAC's first-ever Face 2 Face mini festival, which explodes on the Ottawa dance scene from February 5-9, 2013. These are provocative, innovative works, a potent mix of exciting duets by seven choreographers -- from five countries -- who are making waves on the international scene. Rousing, irreverent, playful, bold ... Face 2 Face promises a radical departure from the everyday!

PLEASE NOTE: Some works feature mature themes and nudity.

The works featured in Face 2 Face are:

How about you? choreographed by Philippe Blanchard (Sweden). A quirky and intelligent 60-minute duet (performed by the identical twin Stifani brothers) addresses the interdependent force created by polar opposites. Life, death. Good, bad. A work that celebrates life, exploring identity and the complexity of what we call 'self'.

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue on February 6 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; February 7 and 9 at 6 p.m.

Still Standing You choreographed by Pieter Ampe (Belgium) and Guilherme Garrido (Portugal). This raucous 45-minute duet is a riveting, rough-and-tumble montage of dance, gymnastics, and wrestling. Man to man. No taboos, no pretence. Slapstick, competitive play, juvenile behaviour, male bonding, circus acts, and sadomasochism. Tearing apart a bare and silent well-lit stage with raw, virile power -- and humour -- they offer gasping, sweaty bodies, nudity, and testosterone!

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue on February 5 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.; February 8 at 6 p.m.; and February 9 at 9 p.m.

The Most Together We've Ever Been choreographed by Ame Henderson (Canada) and Matija Ferlin (Croatia). This 65-minute duet explores individuality and the unison gesture, the awkwardness and heartbreak of being together. Two ill-at-ease characters enter and exit the stage in a never-ending series of touching, funny, clumsy, and beautiful beginnings. They are the right people in the wrong space; the wrong people in the right space, two awkward people on the verge of becoming and yet getting nowhere.

Arts Court ODD Studio, 2 Daly Avenue on February 5, 7, and 8 at 9 p.m. and February 9 at 4:30 p.m.

T † Bernadette and Enchanted Room, choreographed by Kristel van Issum (Netherlands) of T.r.a.s.h, known for extreme, near violent physicality and emotionally explosive dance-theatre. Performed to live music, T † Bernadette is a gripping work exploring the human struggle with identity, perspective, and interrelationships. It's a strong, emotional portrayal of an intense relationship between two dancers who expose elements such as synergy and ecstasy as a condition for interrelationship. Enchanted Room is a typical T.r.a.s.h. fairy tale: a duet from virginity to poisoning, zooming in on the paradox of ordinary human life. Accompanied by live music (soprano and baritone), brother and sister are seeking the promised land. Their quest through "a fantastic world” is enchanting, but it's also an inescapable hell.


NAC Studio on February 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for:

Lunch and Learn: Artists’ Talk

Friday, February 8, 2013

12:30-1:30 NAC Fountain Room

Bring your lunch, and learn directly from the choreographers about their creation of the duet form.

T.r.a.s.h. Workshop (Contemporary Dance class)

 Saturday February, 9th 10 am to 12:00 pm cost $25.00

Details and registration here


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