Creation is at the core of the National Arts Centre. “One of the key things we’re trying to celebrate all the time is our Canadian artists,” says Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of NAC Dance.
ENCOUNT3RS is a landmark NAC Commission that pairs three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents (Emily Molnar, Jean Grand-Maître and Guillaume Côté) with three of the country’s most exciting composers (Nicole Lizée, Andrew Staniland and Kevin Lau). Three remarkable new one-act ballets, each with an original orchestral score, will be performed en première by dozens of dazzling dancers together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the baton of music director Alexander Shelley.
ENCOUNT3RS will allow audiences to discover new and exciting contemporary works.
“I think multi-disciplinary performances like this are very exciting, because in the best-case scenario, the two forms augment one another,” says Music Director Alexander Shelley. “My hope is that those individuals who’ve come for dance will leave the hall saying ‘I loved the dance, but wow that music was amazing.’ And vice versa.”
ENCOUNT3RS will be presented April 20-22 at the NAC to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.