Artsfile review: a triple world premiere of ballet and music at NAC’s Encount3rs


The National Ballet’s Guillaume Côté and composer Kevin Lau

It isn’t often I get to feel like my critic predecessors in 1880s Vienna or pre-First World War Paris. But on Thursday night, the NAC presented three brand-new, half-hour Canadian ballets, each with its own orchestral score by a leading Canadian composer.

Co-presented by NACO and Cathy Levy at NAC Dance as part of Canada 150, Encount3rs packed the kind of “major cultural happening” thrill rarely seen in Ottawa, but becoming more common since Alexander Shelley arrived in town. If last year’s Life Reflected project established the new music director as someone open to engaging with his community, Encount3rs proved that Shelley’s commitment to interdisciplinary work and creation is more than a passing fancy.

Read the full review on Artsfile.

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