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Culture Days will return September 22 – October 15, 2023.

Dance Work-in-Progress Showing

Ottawa, ON

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Work-in-progress dream & true north is a quartet for three dancers, Lois Chan, Sarah Hopkin and Mélissa Roy, and one musician, Kathryn Patricia Cobbler, and is choreographed by Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson. dream & true north draws on rhythms, forms and textures of touch and more specifically, its absence, to navigate the rollercoaster of emotions that surfaces when the entire planet is plunged into uncertainty and fear with no clear picture of the future. The continuous push and pull between living in fear and yearning for “normality” creates a heightened sense of reality that is brought to light through the performers’ relationships to each other and their environment. As the work evolves dream & true north exposes how each performer reacts to and is affected differently by this heightened environment and the interactions that result. Thank you to TACTICS Online Workshop Series for supporting the creation of the work.

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.


This event is free.

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TAKE UP SPACE is the moniker for dance artist / writer Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson’s work. TAKE UP SPACE seeks to manifest the unique energy and impetus aka possibilities unfolding within a spatial/energetic/musical landscape through contemporary creation and performance. TAKE UP SPACE searches for deep connection to rhythm and dynamic changes while exploring relational/spatial interdependence and sensorial perception. Always present is a fascination with the many ways an idea can be transmitted through art. TAKE UP SPACE is passionate about cultivating a living, breathing relationship with the audience and collaborators. TAKE UP SPACE values and practices diversity & inclusivity in artistic creation and production, as well as collaboration, interdisciplinary workmanship and artist autonomy. TAKE UP SPACE works to actively engage in local and national initiatives, creating connections between artforms, artists and audience members. TAKE UP SPACE acknowledges that the land on which we work is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin nation, and recognizes the Algonquin people as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. TAKE UP SPACE is grateful to create, perform & collaborate here.



Ottawa, ON

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Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson


English, French