National Arts Centre
The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country.
A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – NAC Dance, the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre and Théâtre français, as well as the biennial Scene festivals and NAC Presents. The organization is also at the forefront of youth and educational activities, offering artist training, programs for children and youth, and resources for teachers in various disciplines.
NAC Dance is an important commissioner and co-producer of new Canadian and international choreography, having partnered in the creation of well over 100 works. It enjoys long associations with numerous artists and it is committed to supporting the creation, development and dissemination of new Canadian dance works both within and beyond its borders. NAC Dance is the co-producer of the Canada Dance Festival which takes place each June in and around Ottawa.
In 2007, NAC Dance launched the National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist program in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. Its aim is to stimulate a dialogue among Canadian choreographers and dance artists who work on an ongoing basis with the NAC around a number of issues, from the state of choreography to creation and dissemination, from research to education and outreach.
The NAC is also a pioneer in new media, using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe by creating top-rated podcasts and providing a wide range of concerts on demand. The NAC Dance podcast series features interviews with visiting international and Canadian choreographers, artistic directors and dancers.
In 2006, the NAC unveiled ArtsAlive.ca Dance, the fourth module of its interactive and bilingual performing arts education website ArtsAlive.ca. Geared to students in Grades 7-12, the module provides resources and tools that promote a better understanding and appreciation of dance.
The National Arts Centre is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. It encompasses four venues: Southam Hall (capacity 2065), Theatre (897), Studio (300) and Fourth Stage (150).
NAC Dance presents 18-20 productions per season, and programs 1-3 years in advance.