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Photo of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi Deepres

How dance proves that Ottawa is cool

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” – George Orwell Sometimes people insist on repeating a myth.  Case in point: Ottawa is regularly mocked as the city that fun forgot and where creativity goes to die.  There is just one problem with this critique: It is a massive pile of bollocks. […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has […]

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Tango Legends come to the NAC stage

The tango has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled by family stories about how my grandfather in Chile danced this passionate baile, whose eroticism and sense of danger was intoxicating. Years later as a young man, I traveled to Argentina where I watched in awe […]

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With raw physical energy, dance show explores human relations and desire (+ ticket giveaway)

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Friday, April 4, performance by la compagnie Virginie Brunelle.  To enter, email by 4 pm today, April 1, with the subject line “Virginie Brunelle NAC Contest”.  We will randomly pick both winners after the 4 pm deadline. Many human relationships radiate with sexual energy.  How we face such […]

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

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 […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] 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 […]

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The World of Dance Shakes Up the Kapital

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 […]

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Timekode makes moves

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 […]

Photo of Israel Galván by Felix Vazquez

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

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 […]

Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Ottawa Dance Directive set to perform three varied works in Gatineau

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 […]