Cathy Levy

Canada's National Arts Centre, Executive Producer, Dance Ottawa, ON, Canada

Cathy Levy joined Canada’s National Arts Centre in the fall of 2000 as the producer of NAC Dance and has since been named Executive Producer. Under her leadership, the season has expanded to include 18-20 international and Canadian artists/companies each year in performances and special events, from classical ballet to contemporary to experimental dance works. She has launched many new initiatives during her tenure, including the NAC Associate Dance Artists program, an annual selection of outreach and education activities, new presentation models and more in-depth commissioning and co-production projects. Prior to the NAC, Cathy was Producer of the Canada Dance Festival for over a decade, commissioning and presenting new Canadian dance works, and was Dance Programmer for Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for nine years where she ran an annual international contemporary dance series. Through her company Levy Productions, she managed a variety of contracts including serving as Performing Arts Coordinator for the Cultural Component of Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific. Cathy founded Dance Umbrella of Ontario in 1988, a service organization for independent dance artists, and served as its Executive Director for four years. Throughout her career, Cathy Levy has worked with a variety of dance, theatre and music artists in Canada and abroad, and has participated in numerous national and international juries and advisory panels. She lives in Montreal with her husband, documentary film and live event producer Martin Bolduc, and their two sons, Jonah and Luka.

Curatorial statement

NAC Dance presents a wide spectrum of contemporary and traditional dance in our 20-company season, providing a balanced, sweeping view of established and emerging artists. Within a multi-disciplinary performing arts centre, we use three venues of varying sizes to program a range of large and mid-scale international and Canadian companies, classical ballet accompanied by the NAC Orchestra, and choreographer-driven ensembles. We provide outreach and enhancement activities which deepen the presence and reach of the artists within our community, locally and nationally.

I am moved by work that is original, idiosyncratic and dynamic, where the choreographer’s voice is both stimulating and profound. I value our investment in the creation and development of new Canadian and international dance, in supporting artists through co-productions and multiple presentations, and in following the arc of an artist’s career while continuing to introduce new voices to our broad-based audience.

Dates attending Dance Massive: 14 – 20 March