From the re-opening of a renovated Southam Hall to new music director appointments at the Ottawa Symphony and Ottawa Choral Society, it was a big year for classical music in the capital. Here’s a look back at some of the best—and worst—moments from 2016.
Eastman Fractus V | NAC Theatre | Reviewed Friday evening
Whenever choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui comes to Ottawa — a not infrequent occurrence, happily — it feels like a celebration. — Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…
At Southam Hall
Reviewed Thursday night
Created in 1841, Giselle is one of the oldest continuously performed ballets in the world. The original — some would say still the best — white ballet, it is stamped with all the hallmarks of the Romantic era to which it was born: innocence, madness, the supernatural, undying love.
At the Great Canadian Theatre Company | Reviewed Wednesday evening
The Hebei Acrobatic Troupe is an award-winning circus ensemble from Northern China. The artists mix traditional Chinese skills like tumbling, balancing and contortion with more modern and Western styles. The Troupe is the guest of Music and Beyond, and has been delighting audiences all week.
Ballet BC triple bill review | At the NAC Theatre | Reviewed Wednesday
The 2016 Canada Dance Festival is in full swing. This year’s edition has been enjoying high attendance rates so far, with several sold-out shows — including both performances of Tedd Robinson’s newest creation, Trust, at the Diefenbunker on Saturday.
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…
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…