Soprano, Co-Creator | Neema Bickersteth
Choreographer, Co-Creator | Kate Alton
Costume Designer | Charlotte Dean
Composition, Music Co-Direction | Reza Jacobs
Set Designer | Camellia Koo
Director, Co-Creator | Ross Manson
Projection Designers | Torge Møller & Momme Hinrichs (fettFilm, Germany)
Piano | Gregory Oh
Lighting Designer | Rebecca Picherack
Assistant Director | Michela Sisti
Percussion, Computers, Composition, Music Co-Direction | Debashis Sinha
Associate Video Designers | Cameron Davis, Kaitlin Hickey, Jeremy Mimnagh
Century Song 2016 Tour dates:
Past 2016 dates:
Toronto: January 19-23, 2016 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) as part of Progress.
Calgary: January 26-29, 2016 at The West Village Theatre as part of the High Performance Rodeo.
Vancouver: February 2-6, 2016 at the Historic Theatre as part of The Push Festival with The Cultch.
Want to learn more about the world of Century Song? Visit our interactive site to learn about the breadth of inspirations behind the show.
Century Song is a live performance hybrid created by powerful soprano Neema Bickersteth, and Dora-award winning collaborators Ross Manson (direction) and Kate Alton (choreography).
Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Bickersteth seamlessly melds song and movement to inhabit a century of women whose identities are contained within her own.
This exquisitely unique show features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers, as well as projections by Germany’s fettFilm – extraordinary visuals that bring alive major art movements of the 20th century. Both whimsical and riveting, Century Song is a wordless chronicle of the age, built from art.
Century Song has been developed by the Toronto-based, international award-winning performance company, Volcano, in partnership with Crooked Figure Dances, and the Moveable Beast Collective.
1915: SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (Russia)
1935: OLIVIER MESSAIEN (France)
1950: JOHN CAGE (USA)
1978: GEORGES APERGHIS (Greece)
2015: REZA JACOBS (Canada)
Theatre Reviews Hub, Manchester
Century Song doesn’t just leave you wanting more, it leaves you bereft that this glorious hour is over
Neema Bickersteth on CBC Radio, q
NOW Magazine, Toronto
Century Song is an unforgettable multimedia journey, and a must-see at the current Progress Festival. – Glenn Sumi
Mooney on Theatre, Toronto
…beautiful, challenging, and stunning, and just might leave you speechless. – Ilana Lucas
Vancouver Presents, Vancouver
Bickersteth is, quite simply, a captivating performer… mesmerizing… Century Song is, without a doubt, an incredible feat of dance, music, and theatricality… – Andrea Loewen
Capital Critics Circle, Ottawa
Thanks to a sense of theatre drawing on the performances of John Cage, the transgressive games of Mauricio Kagel… and the writing of Alice Walker… the Volcano team succeeds in creating a happening of exceptional visual and musical quality. – Alvina Ruprecht
Herd Magazine, Ottawa
…incredibly beautiful and poignant… beyond what mere words could encompass. – Brie McFarla
Volcano’s New Works are generously supported by
Work-in-Progress Piano Sponsor
The creators gratefully acknowledge the faculty, students, and staff of York University for their support during the development of Century Song.
A Moveable Beast Collective is generously supported by:
Obsidian Theatre & Native Earth Performing Arts via the OAC Theatre Creators’ Reserve.
Century Song Project Team:
Nicole Day, Sara Gardner, Shawn Kerwin, Chris Lorway, Suzanne Porter, David Vella, and Constance Wansbrough.