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Fascinating conversations between NAC Dance Producer Cathy Levy and some of the world's most exciting dance artists, all of whom will be appearing, or have appeared, at Canada's National Arts Centre.

Fascinating conversations between NAC Dance Producer Cathy Levy and some of the world's most exciting dance artists, all of whom will be appearing, or have appeared, at Canada's National Arts Centre.
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Fascinating conversations between NAC Dance Producer Cathy Levy and some of the world's most exciting dance artists, all of whom will be appearing, or have appeared, at Canada's National Arts Centre.






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Aaron S. Watkin, Artistic Director, Semperoper Ballett Dresden

Cathy chats with Canadian-born Aaron S. Watkin one day before the National Arts Centre debut of Semperoper Ballett Dresden with his production of Swan Lake. Since graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada in 1988, Aaron has enjoyed a dizzyingly rich and varied classical and contemporary dance career with The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt and Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza. He speaks of...


Contemporary dance performer and choreographer Daina Ashbee

Cathy speaks with contemporary dance performer and choreographer Daina Ashbee on the eve of the presentation of her first creation Unrelated, a dark duet inspired by the fate of Indigenous women in Canada. A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, of Cree, Metis and Dutch descent, Daina credits Michael Jackson with awakening her passion for dance. She moved to Vancouver in her late teens to study at Modus Operandi and then dance with Raven Spirit Dance and Kokoro Dance before moving to...


Tero Saarinen, Artistic Director and Dancer-choreographer, Tero Saarinen Company

On the occasion of the October 2017 National Arts Centre return of the Finnish contemporary dance troupe Tero Saarinen Company, Cathy Levy has a fascinating conversation with artistic director, dancer and choreographer Tero Saarinen. Tero came late to dance but quickly went from dance school to joining the ranks of the Finnish National Ballet, to studying Nepalese dance as well as traditional Japanese dance, butoh and martial arts, to creating on himself. An early duet caught the attention...


Adolphe Binder, Intendant and Artistic Director, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of Dance at Canada’s National Arts Centre, chats with Adolphe Binder, the new Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, on the eve of the company’s NAC presentation of Pina’s iconic Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. Adolphe describes her introduction to the world of dance and her past involvement with a number of prestigious German opera houses, publishers and special events, including Hannover’s EXPO2000 and, most recently, Gotenburg...


ENCOUNT3RS - Creation and Colaboration

In this bilingual panel discussion on Creation and Collaboration that preceded the world premiere of ENCOUNT3RS (April 20-22, 2017), animator Catherine Clark speaks with the six Canadian artists involved in this historic NAC dance-music commission celebrating Canada 150. Following a discussion between Executive Producer of Dance Cathy Levy and Music Director Alexander Shelley in 2015, choreographer Jean Grand-Maître (Alberta Ballet) and composer Andrew Staniland; choreographer Emily Molnar...


Performing Stranger: A Dialogue On The Choreographic Universe Of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

On the occasion of the November 2016 National Arts Centre presentation of Fractus V by Eastman, Dr. Yana Meerzon, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa, chats with Guy Cools, Belgian dance dramaturge and author of the books In-Between Dance Cultures: On the Migratory Artistic Identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Arkam Khan and The Ethics of Arts: ecological turns in the performing arts. The conversation touches on the role of dance dramaturge, the ark...


Michelle Dorrance

In this captivating NAC Dance podcast interview, Cathy Levy talks with New Yorker Michelle Dorrance, tapper extraordinaire and recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant, on the eve of her company’s National Arts Centre debut. Michelle always knew she was destined to be a tapper. Her mentor Gene Medler exposed her early to numerous tap legends including Jimmy Slyde, Jeni Legon, Henry Le Tang, Fayard and Harold Nicholas as well as to cutting edge artists like Savion Glover who would later invite...


Catalan dance artist María Muñoz

Cathy Levy speaks with Catalan dance artist María Muñoz on the eve of her National Arts Centre debut in April 2016. María explains the significance of her separate encounters with Japanese dance theatre artist Shusaku Takeuchi, and with Pep Ramis, her long-time partner, collaborator and co-founder of the group Mal Pelo. In 2001, Muñoz and Ramis acquired a historic property in Gerona which they converted to a centre for multidisciplinary creation and research named L’animal a l’esquana. On...


Cathy chats with Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet

In this NAC Dance podcast, Cathy Levy chats with Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, on the occasion of the company’s March 2016 National Arts Centre debut. Madeleine notes that dance chose her from an early age and explains how a passion for this art form led her to the role of principal dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet, the creation of its offshoot Stockholm 59 Degrees North, and her eventual appointment as Artistic Director of the RSB. In 2009, she embraced the...


Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

A panel discussion, January 28, 2016 Cathy Levy hosts a pre-show talk with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Artistic Director André Lewis, choreographer Mark Godden, novelist Joseph Boyden, Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and composer Christos Hatzis on the genesis, development and collaborative process of the ballet Going Home Star –Truth and Reconciliation. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet created this contemporary full-length work relating to the legacy of residential schools with the aim of...


Pontus Lidberg

Meet Pontus Lidberg, Sweden’s award-winning young dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Over the course of this interview, he relates his early desire to create contemporary dance works and the opportunities that followed withStockholm 59°North, The Norwegian National Ballet, Morphoses, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and his own company Pontus Lidberg Dance. He describes his dance language, choreographic process and passion for filmmaking as well as his connection to...


Face 2 Face - 2/2

In this second of two episodes, the artists featured in Face 2 Face 2015, Experiences of Africa, describe the work they have done in their respective countries –alongside successful international careers-- in an effort to develop contemporary dance on the African continent. The podcast ends with a reflection on the term ‘African dance’ and how this art form has evolved over the last decade.


Face 2 Face - 1/2

In this first of 2 episodes of a bilingual podcast, we meet the 5 artists featured in the National Arts Centre's 2015 Face 2 Face series, Experiences of Africa. They speak of their background and how they came to work in dance.


Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet

National Arts Centre Executive Producer of Dance Cathy Levy speaks with Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, shortly before the company’s March 5-7, 2015 NAC presentation. Lourdes talks about her early introduction to ballet and her 24-year career with New York City Ballet where she danced under the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A brief career in television follows. She then leads The George Balanchine Foundation and co-founds the innovative dance...


Virginia Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Cathy Levy talks with Virginia Johnson, artistic director, founding member, and former principal dancer of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. They discuss her career, the life of the dance company, the school, founding Pointe Magazine, and becoming Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem.


Kyle Abraham

Cathy Levy chats with dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham who was at Canada’s National Arts Centre in February 2014 to perform The Radio Show with his company Abraham.In.Motion. Kyle talks about his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and how his passion for music led him to dance. With the support and guidance of his parents and teachers he pursued dance studies and eventually joined David Dorfman Dance and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Kyle explains how The Radio Show,...


Aakash Odedra (3/3)

In this third and final episode, Aakash Odedra describes his projects in development, including Murmur, an exploration of dyslexia through dance and technology, and Inked, a solo created in collaboration with French-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet, about the markings on the body of Aakash’s grandmother. In closing, Aakash explains his need to balance life on and off the stage.


Aakash Odedra (2/3)

In this second of three episodes, Aakash talks about his first encounter with celebrated British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and how their meeting changed the course of his destiny. In 2011, Akram and world-renowned choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant each made a solo for Aakash who also contributed his own work to create the full evening program Rising. Aakash then speaks of his involvement in the choreographic project James Brown: Get on the Good Foot.


Aakash Odedra (1/3)

In this first of three episodes, Cathy Levy speaks to the up-and-coming young star of British dance Aakash Odedra who performed Rising at Canada’s National Arts Centre in February 2014. Aakash describes his early obsession with dance and the degree to which his family recognized his gift and supported him. He explains how he trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam in India and the United Kingdom, never differentiating between dancing and choreography.

Akram Khan, choreographer, performer and Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company (3/3)

In this final episode, Akram Khan explains the origin and development of his first full-length solo piece, the autobiographical DESH, which took him and his team of close collaborators including Tim Yip, Jocelyn Pook, Michael Hulls and Karthika Nair to Bangladesh, the homeland of his parents. He then reveals his intention to create one last solo work. In closing, he describes how the experience of choreographing a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony altered the way he...