Compagnie ODD choreographer Yvonne Coutts, cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and dance artists.

Photo: Curtis Perry

Dance and Riopelle: a moving response to Riopelle with Compagnie ODD and Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Thursday, April 4, 2024
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
National Gallery of Canada Scotiabank Great Hall
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Join Ottawa Dance Directive and Raphael Weinroth-Brown for the performance of a new and original site-specific choreography, inspired by the exhibition Riopelle: Crossroads in Time.

Compagnie ODD choreographer Yvonne Co​utts ​and interna​tionally renowned cellist Raphael Weinroth​-Browne​ have collaborated on the creation of a site-specific dance​/music conversa​tion ​featuring fifteen dance artists. This rhythmically​ and spatially ​illuminating performance is a physically​ dynamic response to the 1954 painting Hommage aux Nymphéas – Pavane [Tribute to the Water Lilies – Pavane] by Jean Paul Riopelle. 

In English and French
Free event. Drop-in activity. No registration needed.

Yvonne Coutts

Photo: Curtis Perry

Yvonne Coutts is known for her creativity and leadership. As the Artistic Director of ODD since 2010, her works for Compagnie ODD have been featured in many national festivals and her independent and commissioned works have toured nationally to critical acclaim. Recipient of the Bonne Bird Choreographic Award from the Laban Centre (England), Yvonne’s work toured Europe, the United States and Asia. She was the 2015 recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award, holds three nominations for the K.M Hunter Artists Award, and two for the Eldred Family Dance Award (Ontario Arts Foundation).


Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Photo: Curtis Perry

Internationally renowned Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne has been celebrated for his emotive and virtuosic playing. He has played on Juno award-winning albums, performed in front of over 40,000 people at the world’s biggest metal festival, made viral YouTube covers, and worked closely with contemporary dancers and poets and on multidisciplinary collaborations.  In 2016, Raphael was recruited by Norwegian progressive rock icons Leprous. His cello has since been featured prominently on their latest albums and he has played over 200 shows in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Most recently he performed with the band at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall and appeared on opening slots for rock heavyweights Evanescence, Devin Townsend, and Apocalyptica. Raphael’s debut solo album, Worlds Within, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. 


Amanda Bon is an Ottawa based dance artist and graduate of The Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance.  Amanda has worked as an interpreter for numerous choreographers in the region over the last 10+ years, and is a company dancer with Compagnie ODD. She continually seeks to hone her craft through professional development opportunities in both Canada and the U.S., and remains active the dance community through fteaching, rehearsal direction, and collaboration. Amanda is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist and she holds an MBA from McGill University.  


Sudbury native Jacqueline Ethier is a dance artist, teacher, mother and business woman.  After graduating from The Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance in 1999, she worked extensively with Tara Luz Danse from 1999-2011 and with DORSALE danse from 1999-2019.  She is a company member with Compagnie ODD and a collaborator with Take Up Space.  With support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Jacqueline commissioned two new works by Peggy Baker.  Jacqueline founded Pilates Space in 2002 and has been a leader in the Health and Wellness community for two decades, touching the lives of many through her compassionate teaching style.


Yukon born Alya Graham is a company member of ODD.  Alya has worked with numerous choreographers including Tedd Robinson, Caroline Barrière, Jocelyn Todd, Marissa Wong, Amelia Griffin, Meagan O’Shea, Charles Cardin Bourbeau, Cathy Kyle-Fenton, Sylvie Desrosiers, Allison Burns, Geneviève Duong, and Ludmylla Reis.  Alya began choreographing in 2015 alongside Annabel Boissonneault and Jessie Lhôte. Her recent work includes a solo study and a visual art and dance collaboration. Alya Graham is a graduated of The Contemporary Programme at The School of Dance where she studied with Tedd Robinson, Mélanie Demers, Sylvie Desrosiers, Serge Bennathan, Dana Gingras, and Sarah Williams. 


Sarah Hopkin is a freelance dance artist from Nova Scotia. Since moving home to the Maritimes in 2021, Sarah has danced for Votive Dance, Mocean Dance, and Nostos Collectives, as well as traveling back to Ottawa to continue dancing for the Ottawa Dance Directive. When living in Ottawa Sarah danced for the Ottawa Dance Directive, TAKE UP SPACE, and for choreographers Peggy Baker, Allison Burns, Cathy Kyle Fenton, Nicola Fridgen, Jordan Samonas, and Jocelyn Todd. Sarah also danced as a Junior Company Member with Toronto Dance Theatre in their 2015-2016 season. 


Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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