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.
Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, Dance, National Arts Centre - Farewell Interview
In this special podcast episode, Annabelle Cloutier, Executive Director of Strategy and Communications at Canada’s National Arts Centre, chats with Cathy Levy about her career at the NAC as Executive Producer of Dance. Over the course of her 22.5 years with the institution, she programmed 23 amazing seasons highlighting the depth and breadth of the world of dance. Cathy reflects on her love of the art form, the Canadian and international dance companies and artists that graced the NAC stages, the privilege of working for the National Arts Centre, the people who inspired her, and the role of the NAC as a leader in the field and a place of experimentation and learning.
Wen Wei Wang, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Ballet Edmonton
This episode of NAC Dance with Cathy Levy features a fascinating conversation with Wen Wei Wang, Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton, choreographer, and NAC Associate Dance Artist. Born and raised in Xi’an, China, Wen Wei dedicated his life to dance at a very early age upon seeing the famous Chinese ballet The White-Haired Girl. He trained at the Langzhou Army School and the prestigious People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art. A five-month cultural exchange in Vancouver led him to return for good a few years later with the help and support of his mentor and friend Grant Strate. The following decades saw him perform with Judith Marcuse Dance Company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet BC; create his own company Wen Wei Dance; and accept the artistic leadership of Ballet Edmonton.
Gregory Maqoma, Creative Director, Producer and Dancer, Vuyani Dance Theatre
Cathy chats with internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma on the eve of the National Arts Centre presentation of Broken Chord, a work created in collaboration with composer and musical director Thuthuka Sibisi and inspired by the multi-media installation The African Choir 1891: Re-imagined. Gregory speaks of his upbringing in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa, and how he channeled the trauma he experienced and witnessed through dance. Wanting to be part of the solution, he creates works that explores the human condition and our relationship to the earth, works that evoke and provoke emotions and inspire discourse, feeling greatest pride in seeing audiences take in and appreciate it and changing perceptions.
Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada
Hope Muir became Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada on January 1, 2022, replacing Karen Kain who had served in this position since 2005. During her first NAC visit for the company’s February 2023 presentation of Romeo and Juliet, Hope spoke with Cathy Levy over the course of a public pre-show chat about how dance shaped her life and career, about her vision for and commitment to The National Ballet of Canada and being a female leader in the world of ballet.
Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of Dance at Canada’s National Arts Centre
Carleton University Professor Janne Cleveland and playwright Lawrence Aronovitch engage Cathy Levy in conversation about her exceptional 22 and a half-year career at the helm of the National Arts Centre Dance Department as she approaches the end of her term. The discussion touches on audience development, the collaborative nature of dance, the severe impact the COVID pandemic had on dancers and how the NAC and NAC Dance responded, and the fine art of programming.
This ‘Next Stages’ podcast, produced by CKCU-FM (Ottawa), is brought to you by the Carleton University Drama Studies Program in the Department of English.
Shay Kuebler, Performer, Director, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Radical System Art
Cathy Levy chats with Vancouver-based multi-dimensional performer, creator and educator Shay Kuebler about his performing arts influences and trajectory, his philosophy of life and movement, and the massive importance he attaches to education and building awareness and appreciation of creativity.