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Ottawa Dance Directive set to perform three varied works in Gatineau

By Alejandro Bustos on February 14, 2014





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 we support though residencies and mentorships, there is a lot great talent here.”

Adding to this vibrant mix, the ODD collective is now preparing for a show next week in Gatineau, when they will perform FOUGUE on February 20-21 at the Salle Jean-Despréz (25 Rue Laurier).

“There are three different works being presented by three of the founding member of ODD, Sylvie Desrosiers, Yvonne Coutts and myself,” says Morton.

Sylvie Desrosiers, who is also the artistic director of DORSALEdanse, is the choreographer behind Glace, a piece that will be performed by three dancers, two of whom are local and one who is from Montreal.

Yvonne Coutts, the award winning artistic director of ODD, will be presenting Too Near, a piece that will be performed by two ODD company dancers originally from Ottawa.

Morton’s work Turbulences, meanwhile, will be a  duet with Ottawa-Gatineau actor Marc-André Charette.

GLACE by Sylvie Desrosiers.  Dancers: Christel Bourque, Amelia Griffin and Martine Larochelle. Photograph by Lisa Hébert

GLACE by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo of Christel Bourque, Amelia Griffin and Martine Larochelle by Lisa Hébert.

“[Turbulences] began in 2011 through an invitation for a lab residency with CARTE BLANCHE series by Le Théâtre de L’Ile,” says Morton.  “It is a theatrical dance performance combining humour and how our conscious mind carries our unconscious body and vice-versa.”

When combined, all three works will offer unique artistic perspectives.

“This performance showcases three very different styles of contemporary choreography: very physical, theatrical and poetic. A great menu for any new contemporary audience member,” says Morton

FOUGUE runs February 20-21 at 8 pm at Salle Jean-Despréz (25 Rue Laurier).  Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and $23 for students. For more info or ticket purchases call  819-243-8000 or visit  This is a joint production by DORSALEdanse, ODD and the City of Gatineau.