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Ottawa Dance Directive

UNDIVIDED COLOURS performance

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, UNDIVIDED COLOURS comes to Ottawa’s Arts Court Monday, June 3rd for a transcultural exploration of dance, diversity and gender. Created and performed by four masters of the solo dance form. William Lau, Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Peter Chin and Hari Krishnan animate Undivided Colours through cultures rooted in the traditions of China’s Peking […]

Face 2 Face: Ours explores significance of home

Last week the National Art Centre hosted its fourth edition of Face 2 Face, a series that offers up-and-coming stars the opportunity to demonstrate their skill and talent in an intimate space. Hosted in the salon of the NAC and the ODD Box of the Ottawa Dance Directive, also known as the second floor of […]

Future of Ottawa: Is a new era in dance on the horizon?

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Julie Houle Cezer,  the coordinator of the Dance Network from 1995-2006 and a longtime observer of Ottawa’s dance scene, offers her thoughts on the local dance community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series […]

Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 […]

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. […]

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 […]