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Ottawa Dance Directive set to perform three varied works in Gatineau

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Turbulences by Lana Morton.  Photo of Marc-André Charette and Lana Morton by Michel Dozois. Turbulences by Lana Morton. Photo of Marc-André Charette and Lana Morton by Michel Dozois.

Since opening its doors at Arts Court in September 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has been an important local force for modern dance. Founded by four local artists, the not-for-profit organization acts on numerous fronts, including performing contemporary dance shows, offering residency programs, providing professional development, and allowing its downtown space to be rented by the community. “The dance scene in Ottawa is vibrant,” says Lana Morton, ODD associate director in an email to Apartment613.  ”With the [National Arts Centre], us as co-presenters, seasonal presenter with Series Dance 10 and all the dance independents that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Bridal Show Giveaway & Winter Jazz!

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This weekend is dusted in snow, ice and romance with both Winterlude and Valentines Day and its  jam packed with activities once again for singles and couples alike. It’s also an extended weekend for some with Family Day Monday. On Thursday, if you are in the mood to treat yourself or buy your sweetheart a Valentine’s gift head down to Wellington West between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. where Flock, Victoire, Jasmine Virani Jewelry and viens avec moi will have treats, deals, and giveaways. Later, stop by Shanghai for the Art is Up,... | Continue reading article

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Win a pair of tickets for Thursday’s dance performance by Kyle Abraham at the NAC

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Photo of Kyle Abraham by Steven SchreiberPhoto of Kyle Abraham by Steven Schreiber

Dance choreographer Kyle Abraham has been hailed as “one of the brightest creative talents to emerge in New York City” in the last four years.  The Pittsburgh-raised artist is now bringing his Bessie Award winning The Radio Show to Ottawa, which will be performed tomorrow at the NAC at 7:30 pm. With seven dancers, The Radio Show combines the freedom of street dance with the precision of ballet, while tackling the theme of loss – both of Abraham’s father and a defunct urban radio station. Apartment613 has a pair of tickets to giveaway for this critically acclaimed show.  (A... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 :: Éric, nouveau collaborateur à la langue déliée, The Yips, Antoni Gilbert, Cinéma : Pumped Up Flix

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 Voici notre quatrième et fière édition! Occupé, le duo de BMT 819, avec tous ces shows le samedi 8 février! Mais avant tout, ce mercredi 5 février a marqué l’entrée en ondes de notre collaborateur Éric! Bienvenue Éric! Qui nous a apporté une belle chronique sur Philémon Cimon et son nouvel Album “L’été”! Et pour ce 8 février… - Antoni Gilbert et Francis Belmont seront au Le Troquet à partir de 22h30 ! C’est par ici et aussi par là. - Pour les plus... | Continue reading article

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Review: In a word, Face 2 Face is “Awesome”

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Photo of Anne Plamondon by Michael SlobodianPhoto of Anne Plamondon by Michael Slobodian

The Face 2 Face dance festival opened last night at Arts Court with two fantastic shows.  If you are a dance lover and don’t have tickets yet, rush out and get them as this series is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Canadian Anne Plamondon began opening night with her brilliant performance Les mêmes yeux que toi, a deeply personal story about her father’s struggles with mental illness.  Combining narration with beautiful movements, this piece is a touching look at a very difficult subject, as well as a first-rate work of art.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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Face 2 Face: Four solo artists, 12 fantastic shows, one amazing dance series

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Photo of Aakash Odedra by Chris NashPhoto of Aakash Odedra by Chris Nash

Following last year’s smashing success, the Face 2 Face dance series is coming back to Ottawa with a roster full of first-rate performances. Programmed by the National Arts Centre, the 2014 series brings together the work of four solo artists from Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. “We wanted to have an addition in our (dance) program in Ottawa of works that do not require a full stage,” explains Cathy Levy, executive producer of dance at the NAC. Running between February 5 to 8, this series of intimate shows will take... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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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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