Attending pre-rehearsal chats and open rehearsals are one of the many benefits donors receive when they support performance, creation and learning across Canada through the National Arts Centre Foundation.
On November 6, Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of NAC Dance, spoke to donors about the late extraordinary choreographer Pina Bausch before taking in an open rehearsal of Vollmond, a riveting performance by Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal that is literally drenched in water.
Cathy explained that, like water, Pina herself was a force of nature. Five years after her death, her influence on generations of artists cannot be underestimated: the legendary choreographer’s work continues to be in demand all over the world. Cathy confided that when she started working at the National Arts Centre in the fall of 2000, she drew up a list of dream companies that she would like to see perform on the national stage. Pina Bausch was at the very top. It had been fifteen years since her company had performed at the NAC.
Cathy’s dream became within reach in 2001 when they were introduced. Cathy made a case for the iconic performer to return to Canada, and with the help of then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the choreographer agreed. Cathy Levy’s dream came true when Tanztheater Wuppertal performed at the NAC in 2004. Since, the choreographer’s company has returned to the National Arts Centre three times, much to the pleasure of her legions of Canadian fans.