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Win tickets to The Sleeping Beauty at the NAC

Apt613 has two tickets to the Saturday night (March 5) performance of The Sleeping Beauty to give away. To enter, send an email to with the subject header “Fairy Tale”. We’ll pick a winner by random draw at 9am on Friday, March 4. Good Luck! The Hong Kong Ballet Company’s Mixed Rep was an […]

Idan Sharabi. Photo by Tami Weiss.

Face 2 Face: Ours explores significance of home

Last week the National Art Centre hosted its fourth edition of Face 2 Face, a series that offers up-and-coming stars the opportunity to demonstrate their skill and talent in an intimate space. Hosted in the salon of the NAC and the ODD Box of the Ottawa Dance Directive, also known as the second floor of […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Swan Lake
by Dada Masilo.
The Dance Factory, Newtown, Johannesburg

Photograph:John Hogg

Review: Reimagined Swan Lake wows NAC audience

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 […]

Photo by Keith Pattison.

Welcome the new year with the magic of Oz

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 […]

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

Ballet stars of the future + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

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 by 4 pm Wednesday, November 25, with the subject line “Contest – Nutcracker.” A winner will be picked by random […]

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U-theatre offers a sensory explosion + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the November 24 show of Taiwan’s U-Theatre. To enter send an email to 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 […]

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Inventive dance trilogy comes to NAC + ticket giveaway

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 by 4 pm Monday, November 9. A winner will be picked and notified on Monday evening. Israeli-born dancer […]

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every one everyone an all-encompassing, craniospacial experience

For enlightened types, every one everyone, co-presented by the Ottawa Dance Directive as part of Canada Dance Festival, could be awe-inspiring, and uniting, allowing one to connect on a deeper level with other people. For me, it was a panic attack. every one everyone, masterpiece of Berlin-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator, Shannon Cooney, is […]

Photo by Cameron MacLennan courtesy of Canada Dance Festival

Wonderful outdoor dance show is pure artistic gold

This past Saturday I got a glimpse into the future of dance and oh boy is it ever good. For one brilliant hour in the afternoon, only a few blocks away from the bustling crowds at Westfest, the normally quiet residential streets of Westboro turned into a dance playground.  Porch View Dances, which took place on […]