Les Grands Close 2015/2016 with Thoss’ Dream Away

Sometimes it’s all in our perception. I went into Dream Away not expecting much – I know that Stephan Toss’ work isn’t always my cup of tea, but that Les Grands Ballets’ dancers always find a way to move me – whereas my date for the night had very high hopes. In the end, I loved everything she couldn’t stand, and vice versa, and yet we are young women with similar taste! Sometimes you realize mid-dream that you are in fact dreaming, and it wipes away the magic of what you had been experiencing. Sometimes you even wake up, losing that dream world completely. In Dream Away, Stephan Toss captured both these sides of the dream, and where I was fully swept away, my companion was wide awake. Which side will you see?
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Louise Lecavalier, Choreographer, in the Frantic Piece So Blue

Fans love to see the evolution of their favorite dancers as they embody different roles throughout the season, a privilege especially accessible to dance-goers in cities like New York, Montreal, Paris and more that boast their own home companies. With no local company based at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, the audience here is blessed with a privilege of their own. Any dance season the NAC presents is overflowing with a variety of performances by artists from all over the globe. This season will host companies from Israel, London, Miami and more, but to start it all off is an incredible Canadian talent, Louise Lecavalier. From her explosive debuts with La La La Human Steps and Edouard Locke in the 1980s to now branching off into choreography herself with this piece, So Blue, Louise Lecavalier is the Canadian star the whole world has been watching for over 30 years.

So Blue is Lecavalier’s first self-choreographed work and it’s absolutely dripping with her signature style of highly energetic and precise movement. The hour-long piece is two parts frantic solo and one part tension-releasing duo. Speeding on to a heavy bass beat only briefly interrupted by a softer soundtrack, the most impressive part of Lecavalier’s performance is finding yourself more out of breath from watching her than she is after 60 minutes of full exertion. Remember, the woman is 56 years old, no newcomer to this career from which most retire sometime before middle-age, and still delivering at a rate even the most eager young dancers would have trouble keeping up with.

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