Your support for the National Arts Centre made quite an impact in 2014-2015. Your generosity was felt on Canada’s stage, in classrooms across the country, and in the grateful and uplifted hearts of artists, audience members and students. Here are just some of the ways your giving made an impact in the 2014-2015 season.
Contributing to the Canadian Canon through thought-provoking and entertaining new Creation
With your support you were part of many new works created across the disciplines. NAC Dance co-produced So Blue, the first choreographic work by Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. English Theatre’s Collaborations initiative invested in new projects including Vigilante by Catalyst Theatre and Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. French Theatre supported Phèdre, created and directed by Jéremié Niel. And, the NAC Wind Quintet gave the world premiere of the NAC-commissioned Sinfonietta by John Estacio during the UK Tour.
The NAC Orchestra UK Tour: Engaging young people and showcasing the best of Canadian orchestra creation and performance
Your generosity helped make it possible for the NAC Orchestra to travel to the United Kingdom for an unforgettable 10-day Tour to commemorate the First World War Centenary. In addition to five major concerts, the Tour featured over 50 educational events, reaching more than 5,000 artists, young artists and families.
Meanwhile, ConneXXions 2014, co-produced by NAC New Media and the Royal College of Music (UK), linked students in London and Ottawa and gave them the chance to showcase their creative talent and share what the First World War means to them today.
Ontario Scene celebrates and showcases the talents of 650 artists
From April 29 to May 10, the NAC shone the spotlight on 650 established and emerging artists from Ontario. The popular biennial festival gave thousands of arts lovers the chance to sample everything from music and theatre to dance and visual and media arts to fashion and food. Ontario Scene also attracted presenters and talent scouts in search of new artists to book for their audiences across Canada and around the world.
The Study/Repast: Exploring and celebrating the Indigenous Body of Work
Thanks to your support, English Theatre had the chance to bring Canada’s Indigenous Body of Work to light and give voice to these essential stories in a national context. The Study brought together over 100 leading artists, producers, institutions and students for two weeks last May, giving them the opportunity to explore Indigenous Work. The Study culminated in a two day show-and-share called The Repast that live-streamed on the NAC website.
French Theatre reaches out to teenagers and gives voice to their concerns
Teens and their worries around social pressure, the environment, their place in today’s society and school stress was the focus of French Theatre’s one-of-a-kind public events. The project, which involved 60 youth from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, included three signature events: two of which put teenagers on stage at the NAC, and an Action-Creation-Cell which filled the NAC with surprising interactive installations and activities. The events gave the young people the chance to show family and friends the world through the prism of adolescence.
Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra capture the beauty of Brahms in a new album
The 2014-2015 season has special meaning for the NACO Orchestra and its devoted fans. It was Pinchas Zukerman’s ultimate season but his extraordinary talent and leadership as the Orchestra’s Music Director will live on in perpetuity through a magnificent new album, Brahms: Double Concerto, Symphony No. 4. The recording, which also features Amanda Forsyth, is available to music lovers around the world and will make a welcome addition to every music lover’s library.
Music Alive Program exposes hundreds of students to the joy and importance of music
With your help, students in 50 schools in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were given a taste of live, classical music, many for the very first time. The Music Alive Program provided the students with specially created arts education resources and full-day visits from teaching musicians. The NAC also delivered the MAP Indigenous Resource, written in Cree/Dene to 33 schools across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Aspiring young dancers benefit from world-class dancer workshops and masterclasses
In 2014-2015, NAC Dance once again offered exclusive masterclasses and workshops led by renowned artists performing at the NAC. Three contemporary classes were held with respected Dance Artists: Quebec-based Frederic Tavernini and British Columbia-based Amber Funk Barton and Josh Martin. In February, South African dancer and choreographer Vincent Mantsoe shared his personal approach to performance and aspiring dancers. Ballet students were also offered four masterclasses with the Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe.