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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to perform at NAC + tix giveaway

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the performance this Saturday, May 23, by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, May 21, with the subject line “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Contest”.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. The 2014-15 dance season at the National Arts Centre ends this Saturday with a performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded almost two decades ago, the company brings together creative choreography,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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I bet you will love (or hate) FACETS at Ontario Scene

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Let me come clean from the start: FACETS, the new work by Ottawa-born choreographer Tedd Robinson, is not for everyone.  Some people will hate this piece, which is running until Saturday at the National Arts Centre as part of Ontario Scene.  For others, however, this work will be seen as brilliant, with its fearless ability to push artistic boundaries. (I would fall into this latter camp). This highly original show, which had its world debut on Thursday, May 7, is more like a surreal piece of performance art than a... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Tedd Robinson presents new dance work + ticket giveaway

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to see the Saturday, May 9 performance of Facets by choreographer Tedd Robinson at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Tedd Robinson” by noon Thursday, May 7.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. With more than three decades of experience in professional dance, Ottawa-born choreographer Tedd Robinson has earned a reputation for creating unique works. As a solo artist, his shows have won both awards and critical... | Continue reading article

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The flesh and spokes of our common humanity

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Photo by Chrystia ChudczakPhoto by Chrystia Chudczak

You probably have heard that a person who loses one sense, such as sight or hearing, can compensate by strengthening their other senses. Science supports this view – see, for instance, a study on how people who are born deaf use parts of their brain that normally processes sound to process touch and vision.  In other words, the loss of hearing literally led to the rewiring of the brain. Does a similar principle apply to art?  I thought of this while pondering Ottawa-based Propeller Dance, who perform at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on May 8-9... | Continue reading article

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Friends With Benefits to raise money for mental health awareness

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All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.

The fourth annual Friends With Benefits fundraising auction, which supports mental health care and research in Ottawa, will be taking place Friday, May 8 at Lago Bar & Grill. The event will include a silent auction, cocktails, appetizers, and a dance party with a DJ. The event raises money directly for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Jennie James’ family established the fund with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in Jennie’s honour, after she took her own life in 2005 following a long battle with depression. The fund supports... | Continue reading article

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Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

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Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated dancer, Evelyn Hart. The performance was a physical exploration of several of nineteenth-century German composer, Johannes Brahms’ pieces from his Intermezzi, written at the end of his life and teeming with emotional depth. Brahms’ compositions... | Continue reading article

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Make sure to go to Arts Court during Ontario Scene

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Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)

With 600 artists from numerous genres, the Ontario Scene festival is a true cultural cornucopia. But with so many performances on offer it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to pick.  If I can therefore make a friendly suggestion, consider the shows and exhibit taking place at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) as part of Ontario Scene.  I say this after attending a few events there on the evening of Thursday, April 30. On the top of my list is Compagnie ODD’s performance of Speeds and Slownesses 1a.  After watching this... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Compagnie ODD performs three highly physical works

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Photo of Compagnie ODD by Ben WellandPhoto of Compagnie ODD by Ben Welland

Since being founded in 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has provided a vital space for local artists working in contemporary dance. One of the key roles that ODD plays is providing a home to their resident dance company Compagnie ODD, which begins this evening a two-day run at Arts Court as part of Ontario Scene.  (The second performance is scheduled for Saturday). Directed by the company’s artistic director Yvonne Coutts, an award-winning choreographer from Ottawa, Compagnie ODD will be presenting three different works. The programme includes the world debut... | Continue reading article

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