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    Ottawa Dance Directive / Centre de danse contemporaine (ODD) is a centre for professional dance. ODD creates a space in Ottawa for contemporary minded artists to investigate dance making, performance and collaboration.

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    Announcement Book Presentation – Lecture Performances

    Performing Mourning.
    By Guy Cools and Laura Taler

    On the occasion of his new book, Performing Mourning, Laments in Contemporary Art, the Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools and the Ottawa based artist Laura Taler will continue their ongoing dialogue on how contemporary art practices use loss and mourning as a source for a creative practice.

    Dec 15th 6:30pm ODD BOX

    By reservation only: info@odd-cdc.org
    (En anglais seulement)

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    A man from jambican’s fourth poem in this series of poetry offerings.  These are powerful words and reflections.  We hope you will take a pause from your day to read them.  An Ottawa artist of immense humanity.

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    ODD Statement of Support for Indigenous Peoples

    Ottawa Dance Directive stands together with Indigenous peoples and our hearts are filled with sadness and compassion for the grieving families and communities of the children whose remains were found in unmarked burial sites near former residential schools.  As settler allies, we commit to listening, learning, and adapting to better support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.  It is vital that we create new pathways for healing.

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    Black Lives Matter

    Ottawa Dance Directive stands in solidarity with all those working for justice and protesting against racism, intolerance and other forms of oppression. It is imperative that we forge new pathways for discussion with open and compassionate hearts and minds so that change is finally realized. ODD is committed to having these discussions and creating space for the important work ahead. Diversity of expression is vital in the arts and in every sector of society and with it brings the greatest potential for our joint humanity.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
    Barack Obama

    Ottawa Dance Directive acknowledges that its studios are located on traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, as the traditional custodians of the land. We respect the land as the territory of the First Peoples.  We are humbled to work in their community, and on their territory.

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