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June 14, 2013


ODD, Photograph by Brian Campbell

Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) / Yvonne Coutts

Eternity floated a blossoming

Reviewed June 13, 2013

Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), Carleton University, Ottawa

(Repeat performances Friday, June 14, 8:30 p.m. at CIMS; Saturday, June 15, noon, at Hog’s Back Park; Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada’s Sunken Garden)

An apparently beleaguered couple looking for “the force” are soon joined by four other dancers who thrash and yell and whisper against something unseen in this highly energizing and inspiring new work created by Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) choreographer Yvonne Coutts.

Weaving through the small space of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) at Carleton University Thursday night, the half dozen dancers are accompanied by images and graphics projected on three large screens, as well as a trio of live musicians playing “eclectonic” strings and percussion.

An impressive collaboration, the ODD artists present their odd view of creative space, human interaction and “the force.”

On the eve of summer, Canadian dance creators bring their new, creative, often avant-garde works to the public in Ottawa every year as part of the Canada Dance Festival. This year, the festival, themed ‘’Changing Perspectives,” is taking dance out of regular theatre spaces for a different kind of experience for dancers and audience.

Could be in a back yard, on a loading dock, on a staircase, on the sidewalk, in a park . . . and many performances are free or pay-what-you-can.

Le-Grand-Continental-photograph by Robert Etcheverry

Le Grand Continental, Photograph by Robert Etcheverry

The flagship event: Sylvain Émard of Montreal brings the festive “Le Grand Continental,” featuring a multi-generational cast of 120 local amateur dancers to the National Gallery of Canada Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Free.

Some other highlights:

Ottawa’s Tedd Robinson and his company, 10 Gates Dancing, presents his new work, “Room With Sticks,” Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Rideau Curling Club.

Grand Poney’s “DORS,” a four-dimensional portrait of night, sleep and the surreal logic of dreams, will have you shifting your chair to make room for the dancers. Led by artistic director and performer Jacques Poulin-Denis of Montreal, who made his CDF choreographic debut two years ago as a “fresh Canadian Voice.”

Bring your blanket and your bug spray for an intimate performance in the garden at 73 Loch Isle Road, Saturday evening. Toronto-based dance artist Eroca Nicols and her company, Lady Janitor, presents Dance in My Backyard (DIMBY), intimate “made to order” performances, based on input from audience members. Pay what you can.

More info on the festival:


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