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Review: Rodin/Claudel is a beautiful and sensual tour de force

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Photo by John Hall Photo by John Hall

If you love ballet, then please do yourself a favour and go see Rodin/Claudel that is playing at the National Arts Centre until Friday, March 29. Performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this neoclassical ballet tells the story of the turbulent romance between famous French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. After attending the opening day performance yesterday, I fell in love with this Canadian-made work. There are so many things to love about this ballet.  There is the 12-member ensemble (six women and six men) who brilliantly play the role of sculptures.  Representing the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean

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Photo by Charlene McIntosh Photo by Charlene McIntosh

Eating well and promoting the arts have important things in common.  Let me explain. If you want to eat healthy food, make sure that fruits and vegetables are in the front of your refrigerator.  Why?  People gravitate to what is closest to them. The same goes for the arts.  If you want a large number of people to attend artistic performances – be it the ballet, musical concerts or gallery showings – then you should organize them in easy to reach spots. For more than 25 years, Ballet Jörgen has... | Continue reading article

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Canadian-made ballet recounts fiery love affair between two legendary artists (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by André Tremblay Photo by André Tremblay

We are giving away two pair of tickets to the opening night of Rodin/Claudel on Thursday, March 27. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “NAC Ballet Contest” by noon Monday, March 24.  The two winners will be contacted on Monday afternoon. Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors of all time.  His brilliant body of work includes The Thinker, an iconic piece first unveiled more than 100 years ago, as well as his masterpiece The Gates of Hell, which  was inspired by the first part of Dante’s epic... | Continue reading article

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The World of Dance Shakes Up the Kapital

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Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.

Ottawa, it’s time to let loose! Shake your hips! Flare your hands! Stomp and kick your feet! The sensual sights and sounds of world dance are coming to Ottawa this weekend for the Dans/ce Kapital Festival. Organizer Saveeta Sharma’s infectious love of dance and desire to share its beauty are apparent “When I came to Ottawa, there was little dance activity in the community. Having grown up with dance, … I wanted a platform that I could use to introduce all types of dances to the Ottawa community.” Sharma is... | Continue reading article

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Timekode makes moves

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Photo from Timekode's Facebook page.Photo from Timekode's Facebook page.

It was on an unusually warm, sunny day in January when Zattar, one of Timekode’s DJs, received word that the Eri was closing. The abnormally nice weather for this abysmal winter helped to ease the blow, but as the sun set and the weather changed, so did Zattar’s mood. An extraordinary sense of nostalgia took over and he sent a text to fellow TK DJ, Memetic, to break the news. Memetic was on his way back to Ottawa after holidays, when he turned on his phone in the Toronto airport... | Continue reading article

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Israel Galván’s dance show La Edad de Oro brings golden flamenco to the NAC stage

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Photo of Israel Galván by Felix VazquezPhoto of Israel Galván by Felix Vazquez

Spanish flamenco artist Israel Galván has been called a genius and revolutionary choreographer. Known for mixing rapid-fire steps, intricate movements and stillness in his performances, the Seville-born dancer has been hailed the world over for his work. Local audiences now have a chance to see him first-hand when he performs at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 18. “I’ve had the great fortune of seeing a number of Galván’s works in various cities, and I’m thrilled that we were able to bring La Edad de Oro  (The Golden Age) for his first Ottawa appearance,” says... | Continue reading article

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Arrows & Anchors celebrate their musical and romantic partnership with flapper-themed Stag and Doe

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Nicolas Crisafi and Danielle Allard of Arrows & Anchors. Photo by John Wenzel.Nicolas Crisafi and Danielle Allard of Arrows & Anchors. Photo by John Wenzel.

When local chanteuse Danielle Allard arrived at the Avant-Garde Pub for a gig in the spring of 2011, romance wasn’t on her mind. After a stressful day of university midterms, she was aggrieved to see a large amp on the already crowded stage. It soon became apparent that the amp belonged to bassist Nicolas Crisafi. “Is my amp in your way?” he asked. It was, but as the night went on it seemed increasingly less important. Within a couple of weeks Allard and Crisafi were dating and playing music together, eventually... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s top young dancers get ready to perform in charity fundraiser

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Group shot courtesy of Dancers Give Back Ottawa Group shot courtesy of Dancers Give Back Ottawa

Some of Ottawa’s most talented young dancers will perform this Friday to raise money for children’s cancer support programs. A joint collaboration between 11 local amateur studios, three professional companies and special guest dancers, Dancers Give Back Ottawa is part of a growing movement to foster social change through dance. Interestingly, the inspiration to help the wider community stems from competition between U.S. and Canadian dancers. “Dance is a particularly competitive industry, and even with teens they regularly compete,” says Jessica Shaw, an organizer of Dancers Give Back Ottawa and an instructor at Leeming Danceworks dance studio... | Continue reading article

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