Living the unDesirable Life, produced by Ottawa-based integrated dance company Propeller Dance (with choreography by Renata Soutter and music by Jesse Stewart), received support from the Council’s New Chapter program. Photo: Andrew Balfour.

Identity and Belonging at Canada's Scene

30 June 2017

Propeller Dance
Photo : Andrew Balfour.

Is there any more powerful a theme in Canada’s consciousness than identity and belonging? Not if the projects funded through the New Chapter are any indication! The theme also takes centre stage of the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Canada Scene, now on view until July 23.

In a previous article, we highlighted New Chapter projects featured at Canada Scene that explore First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural identity. Here are some other works that address identity and belonging in all its diversity:

Ottawa-based Propeller Dance’s Living the unDesirable Life is an accessible and barrier-free performance choreographed by celebrated integrated dance choreographer Renata Soutter, and co-produced with the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the NAC (June 23).

The Queer Songbook Orchestra (July 9) explores Canada’s history in collaboration with prominent LGBTQ artists.

Toronto-based New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, comprised of new Canadians from Peru to Burkina Faso, to Cuba to Ukraine, shares world cultures and music traditions (July 23).

For more information about the exceptional New Chapter projects and the Council’s support, follow us at #CouncilNewChapter.

Finally, not a New Chapter project, but still Council funded… Salt-Water Moon (July 6-9) is a musical reimagining of a Canadian classic set in post WWI Newfoundland. It was directed by Canada Council John Hirsch Prize winner (2016) Ravi Jain from Toronto’s Why Not Theatre and Factory Theatre.

The Canada Council / NAC partnership extends beyond Canada Scene. It includes the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, the Carrefour residency for emerging composers, the biennial Zones Théâtrales and a host of other initiatives to optimize the organizations’ respective roles in developing and promoting the performing arts in Canada.

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