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The artistic beauty (and technical brilliance) that lies at the heart of Swan Lake

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Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of CanadaPhoto by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Within the dance world, Swan Lake is recognised as one of the most famous – and interesting – classical ballets ever created. To begin with, this artistic masterpiece does not have a definitive narrative.  The traditional story recounts how the young Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, a princess who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.  Since its premiere almost 140 years ago, however, some ballet companies have played with the plot (one performance in recent years was loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage between Lady... | Continue reading article

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New dance show to explore sound, movement and communications technology

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Photo of Alexis Andrew by Lorne FinlayPhoto of Alexis Andrew by Lorne Finlay

For more than a decade, Ottawa-based dance company collective (gulp) dance projects has been performing a wide range of innovative works. From the very clever TALK SHOW, which explored the world of celebrity culture, to errors in logic when faced with uncertainty, a piece that looked at probability theory, randomness and our faith in predictions, the local troupe has been pushing the boundaries of what is dance. Formed in 2002 by Alexis Andrew and Elizabeth MacKinnon, the group is now preparing to showcase two new works on January 24 and 25 at the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Wakefield winter warm up giveaway!

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Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.

Need a winter getaway this weekend? Read on to find out how you can escape to Wakefield for a show and overnight stay! First, though, a bit of music closer to home. If you missed Josef Mieto a few weeks back, you can catch his folky sounds tonight at Maxwells, where he’ll be joined by James Leclaire and Ray Harris. Also tonight, you’ll find DJ Nu-Mark at Babylon as part of his 7″ of Pleasure tour – his night of all 45 vinyls will feature a big lineup of other... | Continue reading article

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End of an era: Timekode at the Eri is no more

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Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.

To the surprise of many, it was announced on Monday that last month’s Timekode will be the last one to be held at Eri Cafe on Somerset St. W. From the Timekode Facebook group: “Some unexpected circumstances beyond our control have led to the somewhat shocking revelation that December 2013’s jam was the final TIMEKODE ever at the Eri Café. We can hardly believe it either. After 8 years, nearly 100 straight jams, an ocean of sweat, and tens of thousands of soles moved to music that you’d never hear anywhere else,... | Continue reading article

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The Gatsby New Year’s Ball is one hot ticket

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Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.

New Year’s eve in Ottawa is not going to be the same again for those who attend the Gatsby New Year’s Ball, which is expected to be the most glamorous party in town this week. The organizers, Tami Varma, Scott Porter, Sam Patil and Poppy Vineberg, expert party planners, wanted to create the biggest new year’s event this city has ever seen. They secured the Former Grand Trunk Union Railway Station (now the Canada Conference Centre) and will transport the building back to its glory days. NEW YEARS GALA 2014... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.

We at Apartment613 wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday! We’re taking a bit of a break this week, but still wanted to give you the low down on what you can do to ring the new year in. In typical Ottawa fashion, we’ve got everything from comedy to music to galas and more. It’s your last decision of the year, so choose your plans wisely! Babylon is known for throwing hopping dance parties, and this year will be no exception. Taking the stage will be Silkken Laumann,... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week? How about video of the year!

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Photo courtesy of House of PainT.Photo courtesy of House of PainT.

When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip hop classics like DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow, woven in with afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection. House of PainT is... | Continue reading article

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Young local dancers to perform in The Nutcracker with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis.  Photo by Apartment613.Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis. Photo by Apartment613.

The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous ballet ever composed.  Premiering in 1892, this lovely Christmas story has captured the hearts of millions, and in the process become an annual tradition around the holiday season. This year the internationally renowned Winnipeg Royal Ballet performs this timeless classic at the National Arts Centre from December 4-8. In advance of this highly anticipated show, Apartment613 decided to do something a little different.  Rather than interviewing the principal dancers, we opted instead to go backstage and speak with some local ballerinas who were... | Continue reading article

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The magical dance show that has been called “a love letter to art” (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by Todd RosenbergPhoto by Todd Rosenberg

Imagine for a moment that a dance stage is a giant white canvas, and that the dancers moving on top of it are human brushstrokes.  If you were a choreographer what “painting” would you draw? This fascinating question is raised by Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which is performing two shows this Saturday, November 23, at the National Arts Centre.  For Cerrudo, creating a dance piece can be compared to an artist working on a painting. “There is this freedom that I have when something blank is... | Continue reading article

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Review: Akram Khan’s performance of DESH is a gorgeous masterpiece

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Photo of Akram Khan performing DESH by Richard Haughton.Photo of Akram Khan performing DESH by Richard Haughton.

Awesome.  Spellbinding.  Breathtakingly beautiful. Akram Khan’s opening day performance of DESH at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, November 14, mesmerised an awe struck audience with a brilliant, brilliant show.  After watching this wonderful work, I understand why some critics have called it a masterpiece. The semi-biographical performance tells the story of a British-born man whose father has died.  As the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, the man heard numerous stories from his dad that were taken from Bangladeshi culture.  (DESH means “homeland” in Bengali). Caught between English and Bangladeshi... | Continue reading article

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