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From ballet to contemporary dance, these podcasts (each about 30 minutes long) feature 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 the National Arts Centre.

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From ballet to contemporary dance, these podcasts (each about 30 minutes long) feature 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 the National Arts Centre.

    Dana Gingras, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Animals of Distinction

    Dana Gingras, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Animals of Distinction

    Dana Gingras, Artistic Director of Animals of Distinction and a boundary-pushing choreographer, chats with Cathy while her latest multimedia work FRONTERA is presented at the NAC. The conversation touches on how Dana’s formative years influence the nature of her artistic practice, her work with The Holy Body Tattoo, her love of music and collaboration with cultural icons and artists such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am and the UK-based United Visual Artists (UVA), and the creation of FRONTERA which she hopes will generate dialogue around important issues of our time.

    • 37 min
    Louise Lecavalier, Choreographer and Dancer, Fou glorieux

    Louise Lecavalier, Choreographer and Dancer, Fou glorieux

    In this podcast interview, the incomparable Louise Lecavalier chats with Cathy about her initial encounter with dance, the guidance she received as a novice, and how Edouard Lock came to invite her to join La La La Human Steps where she performed for 18 years, revolutionizing dance and doing guest appearances with superstars David Bowie and Frank Zappa in the process. In 1999, she parts with the company to seek pleasure in new beginnings and embarks on a career interpreting works by Tedd Robinson, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite and Nigel Charnock, amongst others. In conclusion, Louise tells us about creating her own choreographic works starting with So Blue in 2012 followed by Mille batailles/Battleground and Stations.

    • 39 min
    Greta Hodgkinson, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada

    Greta Hodgkinson, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada

    The sublime Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson spoke with Cathy Levy in December 2019 on the eve of her retirement from The National Ballet of Canada following an extraordinary 30-year career with the company. Dance found her at a very early age and she credits Principal Artistic Coach Magdalena Popa, leading choreographers and the full range of classic and contemporary ballet repertoire offered to her for her artistic success. She talks about her pre-show ritual, her favourite ballet, guesting, her longevity, juggling family and career, and her decision to retire. The conversation closes on her next project and with advice to aspiring dancers.

    • 37 min
    Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet

    Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet

    Over the course of a fast-paced conversation with Cathy Levy, Helsinki-born Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, describes how he stumbled into dance and how a strong technique and infectious enthusiasm for the art form rapidly led him to soloist roles with The Finnish National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Having always aspired to be an artistic director, he assumed this position with Marin Ballet and Alberta Ballet before joining Boston Ballet in 2005 as an agent of change. The company has since grown exponentially in size, purpose and reputation, enticing most recently the great William Forsythe to make it his home.

    • 36 min
    Margaret Grenier, Artistic Director, and Andrew Grenier, Creative Producer, Dancers of Damelahamid

    Margaret Grenier, Artistic Director, and Andrew Grenier, Creative Producer, Dancers of Damelahamid

    Guest host Lindsay Lachance, Artistic Associate with the National Arts Centre’s brand new Indigenous Theatre Department, chatted with Margaret and Andrew Grenier of the family-led Indigenous dance company Dancers of Damelahamid a few days before its NAC debut and world premiere presentation of Mînowin. Margaret explains how she grew up among the Gitxsan people of the Northwest coast of British Columbia immersed in the knowledge and practice of her family’s lineage and tradition. Aware of the role that each generation plays in continuing the practice, she and Andrew are dedicating their lives to the process of revitalization. Their contemporary dance work Mînowin, generations in the making, looks at what emerges from the epic loss and imbalance of the past.

    • 24 min
    Peggy Baker, Artistic Director, Peggy Baker Dance Projects

    Peggy Baker, Artistic Director, Peggy Baker Dance Projects

    Cathy Levy’s conversation with acclaimed Canadian contemporary dance performer, choreographer, master teacher and mentor Peggy Baker opens with memories of Wim Wenders and Pina Bausch. From there, Peggy speaks of her youth, her fateful encounter with Patricia Beatty, her professional dance career that brought her to Toronto’s Dancemakers and then to New York’s Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mark Morris and the White Oak Dance Project. She returned to Toronto in 1990 to form her own company to support her solo career and has been choreographing for small ensembles since 2010. Her most recent creation who we are in the dark that features Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire was performed at the NAC in April 2019.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Dance demystified!

Cathy Levy is a foremost expert in Canadian and International dance. What a treat to hear her speak one-on-one with top artists in the industry as they visit Canada's National Arts Centre. I love getting the inside scoop on what inspires and influences these cultural Greats.

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A fascinating peek into the world of dance!

I read about this podcast in Dance Magazine. It's so interesting to hear about the creative process and lives of dancers and choreographers from around the world.

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