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Choreographer Mark Godden of Going Home Star on telling residential school stories through dance

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Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation,  photo by Vince PahkalaLiang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, photo by Vince Pahkala

Written by Leah Geller Commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star  explores the trauma and healing of Aboriginal residential school survivors. The story, written by novelist Joseph Boyden and staged by choreographer Mark Godden, revolves around a pair of contemporary First Nations young people coming to terms with the past. The ballet premiered in Winnipeg in 2014 and has won critical acclaim for its ability to “turn darkness into beauty” (Globe and Mail) . Going Home Star’s Canadian tour begins with... | Continue reading article

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Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

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Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to your Saturday night. It’s a perfect excuse to get out from under your warm blankets, off of the couch and out of those cozy pajamas. Don’t be shy to come decked out in something sexy... | Continue reading article

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Review: Reimagined Swan Lake wows NAC audience

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Photo by John HoggPhoto by John Hogg

I have a soft spot for artists who break the rules, which likely explains why I fell in love this week with South African choreographer Dada Masilo. During a one-night only performance at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday, January 12, Masilo’s captivating re-telling of the famous ballet Swan Lake enthralled the audience. In this take of the classic story, Prince Siegfried falls in love with a male Odile, the black swan, leading him to reject the female Odette, the white swan. Shocked by this development, Siegfried’s parents and contemporaries... | Continue reading article

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Welcome the new year with the magic of Oz

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Photo by Keith PattisonPhoto by Keith Pattison

In the spirit of this holiday season let me begin with some well deserved applause. I want to tell Broadway Across Canada that their latest musical is awesome, and that any past bad blood between us is water under the bridge. You see, this past spring I attended the fiasco that was Dirty Dancing. This performance was so bad — it’s possibly among the worst shows I have ever seen in Ottawa — I grumbled to myself that I would never see another Broadway Across Canada production again. But then I learned that... | Continue reading article

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Ballet stars of the future + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

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From L-R: Émélie Garneau, Hanna Toll and Benjamin Craig-Browne. Photo by Alexandra Campeau.From L-R: Émélie Garneau, Hanna Toll and Benjamin Craig-Browne. Photo by Alexandra Campeau.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm at the National Arts Centre. To enter this contest email apartment613@gmail.com by 4 pm Wednesday, November 25, with the subject line “Contest – Nutcracker.” A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Wednesday afternoon. The holiday season is synonymous with laughter, cheerful spirits and joyful get-togethers with family and friends. December is also a particularly special month for many dance lovers, as this... | Continue reading article

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U-theatre offers a sensory explosion + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of U-TheatrePhoto courtesy of U-Theatre

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the November 24 show of Taiwan’s U-Theatre. To enter send an email to apartment613@gmail.com by 4 pm today with the subject live “Contest: U-Theatre”. The winner will be picked by random draw and notified after 4 p.m. Taiwan’s U-Theatre is a delight to watch. With hypnotic drumming, dramatic stories and martial arts-infused dance, this incredible ensemble offer a sensual performance that is something to behold. Residents of Ottawa can now see this group first-hand, thanks to a one-night only performance of... | Continue reading article

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Inventive dance trilogy comes to NAC + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Jake WaltersPhoto by Jake Walters

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Wednesday, October 11 performance of Barbarians by the Hofesh Shechter Company at the NAC. To enter, send an email with the subject line “Contest – Barbarians” to apartment613@gmail.com by 4 pm Monday, November 9. A winner will be picked and notified on Monday evening. Israeli-born dancer and choreographer Hofesh Shechter has gained an international reputation for his innovative work. In particular, his new trilogy Barbarians has earned him praise the world over. Currently touring Canada for a series of shows, he now brings... | Continue reading article

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NBOG promises night of interactive art from dusk ’til dawn

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Monster Printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art returns to Nuit Blanche this year. All photos from nbog.ca.Monster Printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art returns to Nuit Blanche this year. All photos from nbog.ca.

This Saturday night our city will spend a sleepless night celebrating the vibrant arts and culture scene that makes our community such a wonderful place to be. The fourth annual Nuit Blanche, Hype Frénésie, will take place across Ottawa’s downtown core and spread into Gatineau from 7:19pm to 4:20am. Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau began in 2012 as one of a handful of such events across Ontario drawing crowds of over 30 000 people that year. The following year, Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau became an Independent Not-For-Profit Foundation and has continued to grow... | Continue reading article

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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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Dance capital: Escapade festival winds up for a sixth booming year

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Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.

On June 27-28 the Escapade Music Festival is bringing a stacked lineup of electronic dance legends and emerging artists to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for its triumphant return to Ottawa. Headliners include the world renowned Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and dance music forefather Carl Cox. These men have more than 40 years of success between them, and they’ve never stopped pushing the boundaries of today’s electronic music. Both play on June 28. Coming to Ottawa for the first time is the Australian dance duo Knife Party, who take... | Continue reading article

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