Century Song

April 29 - 30, 2015 The Gladstone

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Neema Bickersteth

Neema Bickersteth

John Lauener Photography

World Premiere

Century Song is a live performance hybrid showcasing the extraordinary Canadian soprano NEEMA BICKERSTETH. A radical revisioning of the recital form from one of Canada’s most exciting theatre companies, it is part classical song, part dance, part projection, and entirely theatrical.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, the show imagines a different way to negotiate history. Through the eyes and voice of our soprano protagonist – a kind of modern day “everywoman” – we move through the past century in Canada, using visual art and wordless song to explore the evolution of identity.

Century Song is a Canada/Germany artistic collaboration – an electro/acoustic danceopera showcasing a state-of-the-art video design by fettFilm and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, and Reza Jacobs, performed live.

Soprano Neema Bickersteth is all coiled energy that snatches our attention whenever she enters the room.

Toronto Star

Videos

  • Century Song (a preview)

  • Le Chant du Siècle (avant-première)

Credits

  • A production of Volcano Theatre
  • Created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton, Ross Manson
  • Directed by Ross Manson
  • Staring Neema Bickersteth
  • Piano Gregory Oh
  • Computer & percussion Debashis Sinha
  • Choreography by Kate Alton

Artist Links

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