Prismatic Arts Festival makes a grand act with Shifting Verses

Prismatic Arts Festival joins ten other Canadian arts groups as part of the National Arts Centre's Grand Acts of Theatre in creating and performing large-scale, new works in response to these times.

The Prismatic Arts Festival will be making the city of Halifax its stage – filling the air with music and poetry while dancers grace the cobblestones with their movement.
The Prismatic Arts Festival will be making the city of Halifax its stage – filling the air with music and poetry while dancers grace the cobblestones with their movement.

Halifax’s Prismatic Arts Festival joins ten other Canadian arts groups as part of the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Grand Acts of Theatre in creating and performing a large-scale, new work in response to these times.

Designed to bring Canadian artists and audiences together, each performance will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

“The artists are excited to engage with live audiences again, are ready to practice their craft with safety in mind, and looking forward to going even further, connecting with online audiences through digital technology. We cannot wait to see what these incredible companies will create,” says NAC’s English Theatre artistic director Jillian Keiley in a media release.

In Prismatic Arts Festival’s work Shifting Verse, Halifax will become the stage as some of Atlantic Canada’s leading Indigenous artists and artists of colour come together to weave a tapestry of spoken word, dance, music, multimedia, and live performance.

“At a time where we are acutely aware of movements and conversations taking place around us while reflecting on our own personal journeys, we need to begin changing the narrative.” – Shifting Verse

Shifting Verse is scheduled to take place on September 19 although the exact time and location are to be confirmed. Visit prismaticfestival.com for updates.

Curated by the NAC’s Keiley and Vancouver theatre maker Sherry Yoon, Grand Acts of Theatre is part of the NAC’s “The Next Act”, a three-year plan to lead and support the renewal of the Canadian performing arts sector following the pandemic.

“The National Arts Centre is committed to leading and supporting the renewal of the performing arts,” says NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon in the release. “Through Grand Acts of Theatre, we will invest in new creation by extraordinary Canadian theatre artists, and create wonderful experiences that will allow audiences and communities to engage with the performing arts both live and online.”

Representing eleven regions in Canada, other shows include Reframed from Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre, Intramural.e by Winnipeg’s Théâtre Cercle Molière / Synonym Art Consultation and Entre-temps from L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres in Quebec City. The live performance will adhere to the health and safety guidelines at each location.

For more information and a complete line-up of Grand Acts of Theatre visit nac-cna.ca.