Back in 2007, Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of NAC Dance, announced the creation of the National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist (ADA) program, an initiative of the NAC Dance Department with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The goal was to create a community of Canadian dance artists and give them an opportunity to meet and explore ideas with some of the greatest dance artists in the world. It seemed fitting ten years later for NAC Dance to celebrate this milestone and curate a special program that features three of Canada’s best choreographic talents.
“While we present and co-produce a number of Canadian dance artists in addition to the ADAs, we felt it was timely on this 10th anniversary, and within the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial, to shine a collective spotlight on three of these fabulous choreographers: Marie Chouinard (Compagnie Marie Chouinard), Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) and Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre),” explains Cathy Levy.
The Associates on March 23 and 24 will feature Marie Chouinard’s legendary solo Étude no 1 danced in steel-toed shoes by Antonija Livingstone; Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling performed by the astonishing duo of Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu; and Christopher House’s dynamic Echo, in which ten dancers from Toronto Dance Theatre inhabit a world of beautiful creatures, dark angels and lost souls.
“You’ll see three distinct languages and styles; a contemporary collection of ideas on one special program. Each of these choreographers has been hugely important to the development of Canadian dance, and each continues to explore, create and produce eclectic and moving works in Canada and around the world. We are proud to partner with these exemplary artists,” adds Cathy Levy.