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March 23, 2016
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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings a mixed program to the NAC in November

Several Canadian dance artists will be highlighted during the 2016-2017 dance season at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in preparation for Canada’s celebration of its 150th anniversary. In fact, the NAC has commissioned three pairs of choreographers and composers to create entirely new contemporary one-act ballets for a performance in April 2017.

The show will be called ENCOUNT3RS and will feature NAC music director Alexander Shelley as conductor of the NAC Orchestra. The three creative teams are Ballet BC’s Emily Molnar with Saskatchewan native Nicole Lizée, Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maître with Alberta-born composer Andrew Staniland, and National Ballet choreographic associate Guillaume Coté with emerging composer Kevin Lau.


Les Ballets Trockadero, Monte Carlo’s all-male comic ballet troupe, performs at the NAC next February

In March 2017, three associate dance artists, under the NAC’s Associate Dance Artists program, will present a special evening featuring works by Marie Chouinard, Crystal Pite and Christopher House.

SOMETHING NEW – first time coming to the NAC:

Compagnie Hervé Koubi (from France)(April 2017)

Gauthier Dance (from Germany, founded by Canadian dancer Eric Gauthier)

Dorrance Dance (from United States)

Lisbeth Gruwez (from Belgium)(October 2016)

Alessandro Sciarroni (from Italy)(February 2017)



Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal (May 2017)

The National Ballet of Canada: Onegin, a romantic classic (January 2017)

Virginie Brunelle (of Montreal)(April 2017)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and his company Eastman (from Belgium)(November 2016)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (November 2016)

Batsheva (of Israel) (January 2017)

Shanghai Ballet (who last visited Ottawa in 1989): Giselle, a classical story of love and betrayal (November 2016)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (February 2017)

Albert Ballet:  The Nutcracker (December 2016)

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Shanghai Ballet will dance the classical Giselle in Ottawa this November


“Dance is a language that speaks in any tongue,” says NAC dance executive producer Cathy Levy. “It is theatre, music, movement, and design wrapped into one mysterious art form, sometimes hard to pin down but always ready to capture.”




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