The National Arts Centre enjoyed an extremely memorable year in 2014.
Here are our top 10 moments from 2014:
- The 30th anniversary of Michel Tremblay’s Albertine, en cinq temps (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Théâtre Trident) directed by Lorraine Pintal, a play originally created at the NAC in 1984
- Ginette Reno, Quebec’s golden voice, who appeared as part of NAC Presents, the NAC’s all-Canadian concert series that showcases established and emerging artists
- Aaron “Godson” Hernandez of Yellowknife and Nelson Tagoona of Baker Lake, Nunavut, who performed for and led hip-hop workshops with students in Kugluktuk, Nunavut through the NAC’s Music Alive Program.
- The indescribable beauty created by Jessica Linnebach and Pinchas Zukerman in the second movement of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins at the NAC Gala
- Louise Lecavalier, who received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in May, danced her new solo work So Blue, a co-production with NAC Dance in October
- Iconic Montreal jazz pianist Oliver Jones, who did two shows in the NAC Studio as part of NAC Presents
- Explore the Symphony/L’Univers Symphonique, an NAC podcast hosted by Jean Jacques Van Vlasselaer and NAC Orchestra musician Marjolaine Fournier, surpassed one million downloads
- Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra's performance at Salisbury Cathedral during the UK Tour, commemorating the centenary of the First World War
- The announcement on December 10 by The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and M.P. for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, of $110.5 million in capital funding to transform and revitalize the National Arts Centre. The project, led by internationally renowned architect Donald Schmitt of Diamond Schmitt Architects, will include a magnificent glass entrance facing Confederation Square that will allow the NAC to be warm and inviting, and to embrace the Nation’s Capital for the first time. “We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for this major re-investment in the NAC,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre.
- Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, adapted by James Reaney and directed by Artistic Director Jillian Keiley,featuring the English Theatre Ensemble, and produced in association with the Stratford Festival
These were some of our favourite NAC moments from 2014.
What were yours?