Dance review: Companhia Urbana delivers a shot of favela funk

Companhia Urbana de Danca | At the NAC Theatre | Reviewed Thursday night | With the Rio Summer Olympics just a few months away, it can’t be a coincidence that two of Brazil’s leading contemporary dance companies are undertaking major international tours at the same time. Ottawa is lucky to be receiving both of these cultural ambassadors: Rio de Janeiro-based Companhia Urbana de Danca this week, and Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca next Tuesday. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…

Music review: Jeffrey Carl shines in uneven Rigoletto

Rigoletto | Pellegrini Opera | At Dominion-Chalmers | Reviewed Saturday night | It will take more digging to determine whether Opera Lyra’s disappearance has had any impact on ticket sales for the area’s smaller opera groups. But certainly a respectable audience turned out to see Pellegrini Opera’s Rigoletto, presented with chamber orchestra, minimal set design and basic costumes, at Dominion Chalmers Saturday night. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…

Music review: Mauro Bertoli gives Clementi his due in a Nepean stripmall

Mauro Bertoli review | At La Charette arts space | Reviewed Friday night | Pianist Mauro Bertoli moved to Canada from his native Italy in 2009, and settled in the Ottawa area to teach at Carleton University. In the seven years since his arrival, he has been establishing himself as a poetic virtuoso in the tradition of countrymen Maurizio Pollini and Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli. Friday evening, Bertoli gave a solo recital at the new La Charette events venue. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…

Dance review: La Sylphide ticks all the romantic boxes

La Sylphide | At Southam Hall | Reviewed Thursday night | Performances Friday and Saturday with different casts | La Sylphide is as much a historical artifact as it is a living ballet. The cult of the ballerina can be traced to its premiere, as can the use of pointe shoes as the means to an ethereal feminine ideal. And if Taglioni’s original 1832 version is lost, August Bournonville’s setting from four years later continues to inspire dancers and choreographers with its iconic imagery. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…