Propeller Dance delves into desirable lives and adds accessibility options with new creation |

Propeller Dance delves into desirable lives and adds accessibility options with new creation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA June 8, 2017 – Great Canadian Theatre Company is proud to welcome resident company Propeller Dance back to its mainstage for the world premiere of their new creation Living the Desirable Life.  The ensemble of eight performers will take the audience through a raucous romp of 15 vignettes that integrate dance and theatre. Living the Desirable Life is presented in association with NAC Canada Scene and will feature performances on June 23 and 24 with show times at 7:30pm.


Their most ambitious work to date, Living the Desirable Life is Propeller Dance’s first full length piece and comes at a time when the company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.  Choreographed by Artistic Co-Director Renata Soutter in collaboration with the Propeller Company artists, Living the Desirable Life utilizes an original score by Jesse Stewart and highlights the individual styles of the ensemble to bring to life this brand new work.  


“The creative process began last fall and since then we have explored concepts of movement that go against the typical grain, finding and highlighting moments of uniqueness and difference, and also more importantly, sharing our lived experiences,” says Renata Soutter. “Based on our very personal stories of exclusion, oppression, violence, pain, heartbreak and also joy and desire; we created a piece that embraces the complexity of our human experience! This performance will appeal to those who are looking for good art that affects change and touches deeply.”


Propeller Dance is also offering a wide range of accessibility options with this performance, many of which are a first for the company and for performances at GCTC. These new options are meant to increase the engagement level and accessibility for all audiences attending one of the two performances. Accessibility and engagement options include:

  • An audio flyer and program
  • ASL interpreters
  • Assisted listening devices
  • Sensory seats for people who are Deaf and low-hearing
  • Captioning
  • Live stream


“By increasing the engagement and accessibility options for Propeller’s show, we hope that new audiences, including more people with disabilities, can experience what others have – that the power of possibility has been unleashed through Propeller’s unique and compelling artistry,” says Co-Artistic Director Shara Weaver.  “Added tools, such as ASL interpreters and sensory seats will allow us to engage with more people.”


Media Call

Members of the media are invited to attend a dress rehearsal of Living the Desirable Life on Wednesday, June 21 at 2pm. The performance will begin at 2pm and run 80 minutes. Interviews with choreographer Renata Soutter and a dancer will be available after the performance.  



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Creative Team

Directed and Choreographed by: Renata Soutter


Created in collaboration with Performers:


Sylvain Bouchard

Bella Bowes

Robert Chartier

Amelia Griffin

Moni Hoffman

Nathalie Joanisse

Siôned Watkins

Liz Winkelaar



Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or Tickets are $25 and $15 for students, seniors and low income patrons.  


About GCTC

GCTC celebrates its 43rd season in 2017–18. Its mission is to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging companies and artists through residencies and in-kind support.


About Propeller Dance

Award-wining Propeller Dance is a company of dancers of all abilities and is a leader in creating, performing, teaching, and presenting integrated dance. Led by Artistic Co-Directors Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter, the company’s unique and compelling performances and training programs foster an integrated approach to dance, art-making and artistic expression. Disability is a difference in human experience rather than a limitation, lack of ability or something to overcome. Propeller Dance is now in its third year as GCTC’s Company-in-Residence.


For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Andrew Soobrian

Marketing and Communications Manager

Great Canadian Theatre Company

613-236-5192 ext. 229