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Seductive tango set to alight the NAC stage

The word “tango” evokes images of sensuality and eroticism, with a dash of menace that can be traced to its shady routes. Originating in the 1890s in the border area between Argentina and Uruguay, this passionate dance soon spread around the world, despite its early links to a risque underworld. (Some early forms of tango were forbidden having […]

Like ballet? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Coppélia.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the matinee performance of Coppélia by the Pennsylvania Ballet on Saturday, May 3, at 2 pm.  To enter, email with the subject line “NAC Coppélia Contest” by noon Tuesday, April 29.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Ever since it first premiered in 1870, Coppélia has warmed […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]