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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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Powerful new dance show offers personal reflection on father-son relationship (+ ticket giveaway)

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

When British-born dancer Akram Khan started working on DESH, his new solo show, he thought it was going to be about his mother.  As he started putting together the innovative piece, however, he discovered that it was really a celebration of his father, who had told him numerous stories when he was a child that were taken from his homeland of Bangladesh. “(My mother) was the one who was always pushing Bangladeshi culture on me as a child, and I always felt closest to her,” recounts Khan in a recent... | Continue reading article

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Review: Lucy Guerin Inc. performance of Weather

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Photo of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun LöhrPhoto of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun Löhr

If you enjoy modern dance, then you should consider going to the Lucy Guerin Inc. show at the National Arts Centre, which runs until tomorrow. In an interview last week with Apartment613, artistic director Lucy Guerin explained that Weather, an original piece by the Australian dance troupe, is meant to represent meteorological conditions.  After viewing the opening day performance on November 7, I can confirm that the show accomplished this objective. As Canadians know all too well, weather is often comprised of predictable patterns, before transforming into seemingly chaotic behavior. ... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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NAC dance show celebrates the wonderful power of nature

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Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc.  Photo by Heidrun Löhr.Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc. Photo by Heidrun Löhr.

Canadians are obsessed with the weather.  Whether it’s 30 degrees of humid summer heat, the dampness of  late fall, the freezing  hell that is winter, or the glorious rebirth of spring, Canucks must constantly adapt to diverse meteorological conditions. Australia, on the other hand, is often seen as Canada with lovely sunny beaches and constant blue skies.  So what could a group of Australians possibly have to say about mother nature to the citizens of the Great White North? Quite a bit in fact. Australian dance troupe Lucy Guerin Inc. is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: DIANA ticket giveaway!

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DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!

It’s not just a weekend of turkey and pie – it’s also a weekend where those Mario Kart skills you’ve been honing can be put to good use. Starting off with music playing tonight, Paper Lions and Teenage Kicks are at Zaphods, while Doomsquad and HSY stop by Mugshots. Indie folk/pop project Twin Voices is down at Pressed this evening, with Orienteers and Mehdi Hamdad rounding out the bill. Friday at Pressed, Delta Will is back in town with Claude Munson and the Storm Outside. Friday night also brings The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.

The trees changing colour can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Or Ribtoberfest. Beer and food, at least. There are a few shows to add to your list this weekend. Chic Gamine combine French pop with Motown, and Basia Bulat sings from her latest album. Jadea Kelly will be out at the Black Sheep Thursday night, while Craig Cardiff will perform a couple of shows there over the rest of the weekend. Jon Hynes releases his first EP at the Clock Tower with help from a few friends, and it’s First Funk... | Continue reading article

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NAC launches new dance season with spellbinding, chaotic show (+ ticket giveaway)

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Award-winning dancer and company director Maguy Marin is one of the most significant figures in French modern dance.  The New York Times has called her, “one of the most important choreographers in France.” Having created some 40 dance works, which have been influenced by theatre and choreographed movement, the Toulouse-born artist has a long history of presenting bold performances that push artistic boundaries. Residents of the National Capital Region have a chance to see her innovative work first hand, as the Compagnie Maguy Marin performs Salves at the National Arts Centre on October 3 and 4.... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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