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"turning opera upside down"

Ne. Sans is a home for the research and creation of work that seeks to deepen and re-connect opera and dance. 

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World Premiere

Chutzpah Festival

November 5 & 6, 2022, 8pm
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver


A dance performance and concert creation set to the complete Piano Études of the celebrated Jewish composer Philip Glass, one of the most innovative and influential composers of the late 20th century, and choreographed by Israeli director Idan Cohen. This series of miniature études comprises 20 spectacular gems hidden within Glass’ body of work, performed live by award-winning pianist Leslie Dala.

Philip Glass' ability to reflect an abstraction of time, to tell a story without narrative, while showcasing a minimalistic, crystallized approach to rhythm, is enticingly relevant. Hourglass explores the passage of time with an ensemble of dancers of ages ranging from their 20s to late 60s, with a variety of body types and backgrounds. They represent a wealth of knowledge that needs to be seen, both as a response to current times, and as a compelling elucidation of Glass’ intent.

This World Premiere of Hourglass was developed through an artistic residency at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.

Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Deux Mille Foundation, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver's Regional Cultural Project Grants program.

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Take This Waltz

Celebrating the Music of Leonard Cohen

This world premiere evening of music, dance and stunning visuals, staged by Idan Cohen, celebrates the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Performers featured are Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, described as “flat-out brilliant” by Opera News, dancer/musician Ted Littlemore and a classical chamber ensemble of Cello, violin, and accordion.

 The Biz

"Ne.Sans is the future of opera"

Omer Meir Welber

  • Chief Conductor: BBC 

       Philharmonic, London

  • Music Director, Teatro Massimo in Palermo

  • Principal Guest Conductor, 

       Semperoper Dresden

The Media
"fresh and extraordinarily thoughtful work"
Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post.
"World calibre dance meets innovative opera."
Cynthia Ramsay, Editor, The Jewish Independent. Vancouver, Canada.
The Audience
"The freshest, most unexpected night out I've had in years!"
Sharon Backley Astrachan, Sydney, Australia. 
"Idan Cohen is turning opera upside down."
Cristina Castro, Artistic Director, Vivadanca, Brazil.

Ne.Sans Opera & Dance acknowledges that it is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to create on these lands.

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photos (From top to bottom):

-Idan Cohen- Dancers: Kate Franklin, Jeremy O'Neill, Ted Littlemore

Flick Harrison- Dancer: Ted Littlemore

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