Reminisce with “26 lettres à danser”

 

By: Maria Bilat (11 years old)

I saw 26 lettres à danser and I really liked it. This play made me think about a lot of things and a lot of those things associated with different times in my life. It made me remember some very special moments in my life and also remember all the adventures I had with all of my friends. Here are some of my main thoughts about this play:

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“26 lettres à danser” More Than Meets the Eye

By Anna Nossik (10 years old)

This is a beautiful show, which at first looks like it’s just a thing to help little kids learn the letters, but there’s more to it… This play resembles a lot the exercises that we do in Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre. It also makes your mind wonder and it’s fun to make associations with your experiences, movies that you have watched, books that you have read and stories you have been told.
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“26 lettres à danser” is Enjoyable for All Ages

By: Anna Roiter (11 years old)

This was a really enjoyable show for all ages. At first, when the actors were enthusiastically interacting with the audience, I felt like it was going to be a child show from 4-8. I still wanted to encourage the actors so I answered their questions and had fun. When they showed us specific movements, I got excited because that means that we get to participate in the show!

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“A Christmas Carol” at the NAC: A Confused Christmas Classic

The winter holiday season is known for its festive Christmas specials, whether that’s on the air or on the stage, and this year the National Arts Centre brings you Jillian Keiley’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary classic, A Christmas Carol. When Dickens originally penned the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge in 1843, he obviously had no idea that it would go on to become one of the most commonly staged scripts in Canada, but Scrooge’s journey to redemption still rings true in contemporary society. Keiley’s adaptation features some bold directorial choices that, despite being effective in some areas, end up being more convoluted than clever, and at certain points left me feeling a bit troubled. This show also comes with a staggering opportunity to engage a wider audience about important issues like disability and the arts. Unfortunately, this production ultimately doesn’t succeed in this regard either, due to a confusing mise-en-scene that pulls the spectator’s focus in too many different directions.

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Shechter Shakes Up the NAC

On Tuesday, November 10th, a shock goes through the NAC audience. Something new has finally hit the NAC stage. It is not often that an Ottawa audience is startled by a show, or left speechless, but thanks to the Hofesh Shechter Company, we were. I could almost here the collective “Hallelujah” from the more educated Ottawa spectators. barbarians ran for two nights, letting Ottawa in on a completely unique world of dance.

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