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Derek Walcott, a Mighty Poet, Has Died- by Hilton Als (The New Yorker)

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Derek Walcott, a Mighty Poet, Has Died
By Hilton Als March 17, 2017

Walcott’s poems explored, among other themes, the sea, memory, and the joys and terrors of physical love.
Derek Walcott was a complicated person and a great poet, and often those things are not divisible. The time I spent with him and his beautiful German-born partner, Sigrid Nama, in Derek’s native St. Lucia changed my life in ways that extended past the New Yorker Profile I wrote in 2004. I felt as though I had always known him—not known him, exactly, but seen him, been in his aura, his history, because, like my father, Derek was the product of a profound world, a distinctly Caribbean world with its history of colonialism and its imperceptible change, and home to so much more, including mothers who spared no amount of love to make you understand that you were their bright boy. Derek’s mother, Alix Maarlin, a schoolteacher, helped him publish his first poems, and it was the light of that first love that Derek always stood under; it made him shy about intimacy, while closeness was something he always sought. The first Mrs. Walcott believed in him with a pride that eclipsed the great honor of his 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature because she was the first to say, if only in her mind: “Why not be Shakespeare?” Anything was possible, and where you were from was just part of the story. (more…)

The Marriage – An Impossible Event by N. Gogol

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The public is encouraged to see this play by Nikolaï Gogol at the University of Ottawa.
directed by Nicholas Leno (MFA Candidate)
A production of the Unicorn Theatre
Tuesday, March 28th to Saturday March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. ithe Academic Hall, 133 Séraphin-Marion

Please reserve: by email at: Secretaire.Theatre.Secretary@uottawa.ca
or by phone at: 613 562-5761 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

BRIGITTE HAENTJENS REMET SON PRIX DU GOUVERNEUR GÉNÉRAL À CINQ JEUNES CRÉATEURS

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Le 15 mars 2017 – OTTAWA    Brigitte Haentjens est lauréate du Prix du Gouverneur Général pour les arts du spectacle 2017. Elle a décidé de remettre son prix d’une valeur de 25 000 $ à cinq jeunes créateurs. (more…)

Now We’re Talking! NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley Opens the Conversation on the 2017/18 Season

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Now We’re Talking! NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley Opens the Conversation on the 2017/18 Season.

March 6, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – From adaptations of classic novels, to powerful stories told in various musical styles, to real-life events brought to the national stage with stunning visuals, the 2017/18 NAC English Theatre season offers a wide array of experiences fostering meaningful exchange between audiences and artists. (more…)

NAC DANCE UNVEILS A NEW SEASON OF DYNAMIC PERFORMANCES THAT CELEBRATE DANCE AND LIFE IN MOTION

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March 6, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Dance is proud to unveil one of its most spectacular and expansive seasons to date. Featuring 48 performances by 20 companies, it includes 3 Canadian exclusives, 2 co-productions, 11 artists and companies making their NAC debuts, and many great Canadian artists from home and abroad.   (more…)

The Gladstone Theater Under New Management

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The Board of Directors of The Gladstone Theatre is delighted to announce Ottawa’s own AL Connors will take the helm of the historic venue at 910 Gladstone Avenue.

The 235-seat theatre at 910 Gladstone was home to the Great Canadian Theatre Company from 1982 to 2007. Since then, it’s been operated as The Gladstone, managed by Plosive Productions from 2011 till this past Fall. In 2016, a steering committee made up of members of the Ottawa theatre community, led by Plosive’s David Whiteley, the theatre’s volunteer manager, worked to create a new organization to run the theatre. On November 8, 2016 The Gladstone Theatre Inc. was founded as the new caretaker of 910 Gladstone avenue, a venue which has become a bustling hub for Ottawa’s independent theatre community. So far this season, over 10,000 theatre goers have attended shows at The Gladstone! AL Connors becomes the new corporation’s first Theatre Manager.

“Maybe the best thing about this job is that I’m going to get to meet everyone!” says Connors referring to the long list of artists and producers who regularly present shows at the venue. “These fantastic artists will all come to me. It’s going to make me a lazy theatre patron, having shows down the hall from my desk. I’m pretty excited.”

Theatre patrons may recognize Connors from his on-stage roles in Gladstone hits Noises Off, The 39 Steps, and as Norman in last season’s The Norman Conquests Trilogy. Other Gladstone credits include directing Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates, a Company of Fools’ A Midwinter’s Dream Tale, and most recently Pierre Brault in Will Somers. (more…)

Cube Gallery opens new exhibitions: Meet the Artists: Sunday, Feb 5

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   “Home”  

Jan 31 to Feb 26, 2017

Kathy Haycock, “Down on the Farm”

Meet the Artists: Sunday, Feb 5

from 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Home could be a burrow, a box, a deluxe mansion or four walls and a roof. Is home a place or a state of mind? How we define it is unique to each and every one of us.
See what these four artists think of when they think about “Home” – Doug Cosbie, Kathy Haycock, John Jarrett & D.H. Monet.
“Home” is where the art is at Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. from January 31 to February 26, 2017

THE CANADIAN MASTERS SERIES WELCOMES ALANIS OBOMSAWIN TO OTTAWA

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Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker.

The Canadian Film Institute, in partnership with Carleton University’s School For Studies In Art and Culture’s Film Studies section, is proud to announce the next edition of the Canadian Masters series, featuring beloved documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin!
The Canadian Masters series is an ongoing celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history.
This event will take place in two parts.
On Thursday, January 26th, CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an onstage one-on-one interview with Alanis Obomsawin, discussing her filmography, issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada, her artistic process, and her impressive career which spans 46 years. Following the interview, attendees are invited to stay for a reception in the Arts Court Studio, where Alanis will be in attendance.
Please Note: Seating for the interview is limited. Tickets are now on sale!

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8 by Mani Soleymanlou: What will it take to wake us up?

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Photo: courtesy of the NAC

February 1–4 at 8 p.m., NAC Studio.
Additional show February 4 at 3 p.m.

Translation of an article from Le Devoir. January 12, 2017 – OTTAWA – Eight actor friends wind up at a party. Stripped of their masks and stage characters, oblivious to the audience, they engage in a frank and uninhibited conversation during an evening that will change them forever.

Mani Soleymanloui, a (young) theatre artist who documented his full-blown identity crisis in his earlier plays Un and Deux, returns to Ottawa with his gang of fellow artists with 8, an investigation of the emptiness of our supposedly modern, hyperconnected world, where paradoxically we all feel so far from each other.

8 is the story of a party. The party where eight friends hope they can forget their doubts and everyday cares by throwing themselves, for the space of an evening, into something bigger than themselves. But how can you get away from what you are? Surely any attempt to escape is futile … No, that’s not it. That makes it sound too corny.

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TEN – A New Exhibition at the CUBE! Works by 10 of our finest visual artsits/

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Coming to the  Cube gallery. Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 to Sunday January 29th, 2017

Vernissage:

Sun Jan 8th, 2017 — 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TEN Talented Artists at CUBE
Cube Gallery is pleased to kick off 2017 with a curated show of seminal works by 10 of our finest visual artists.
Experience this show of painters and photographers who are shaping and informing the art world here at home, across the country and around the world:

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