Norway’s Carte Blanche Dances Into Ottawa This Weekend

on February 19, 2013

Norway's Carte Blanche At Ottawa's National Arts Centre

If you ever wanted a taste of Norway’s culture, now’s your chance.

The Scandinavian country’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche makes its historic first-appearance ever at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St., Ottawa ON), with its high-energy show, 3 O’Clock In The Afternoon.

Choreographed by Ina Christel Johannessen, the politically-gripping and poetic piece, focuses on both geographic and political boundaries both in the mind and body. The concepts explored include how humans belong together and how, despite this fact, find themselves still creating distance with each other. Known for her unmistakable movement, language, costumes and dance cinematography, Johannessen is an expert at both using and molding emotion.

Ina Christel Johannesson is one of the world’s top choreographers and has created 13 works for Carte Blanche. Originally trained at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she now teaches at the same facility. She is known for meshing high-energy physical movement with theatrical elements and is heavily involved in the lighting and set design of her own work.

The show is performed by a troupe of 12 dancers, and is set to an electronic score. 3 O’Clock In The Afternoon features a set with five doors that open to grant passage and reveal hidden artwork. As the doors open and close, the dancers strive to get past their separation and reconnect with each other.

Carte Blanche was founded in 1989 and is the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. It tours extensively, both locally and abroad. The group averages two new pieces each year.

In addition to the performance, Carte Blanche’s rehearsal director, Annabelle Bonnery will be teaching a free dance master class for local Ottaa and Gatineau students.

As space is limited, students can register in advance with Kirsten Andersen ( or by calling 613-947-7000 ext 588

– Deadline for registration: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
– For advanced level ballet students and dancers only (aged 14 and up)
– Location: Rehearsal Hall B, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa (Enter by Stage Door)

Carte Blanche performs 3 O’Clock In The Afternoon in the Theatre of the National Arts Centre on Friday February 22 and Saturday February 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38, $47, and $51, for adults and $20.50, $25, and $27 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card).

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person); tickets are also available (with service charges) at all Ticketmaster outlets, by telephone from Ticketmaster at 1-888-991-2787 (ARTS), and online through the Ticketmaster link on the NAC’s website at