"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. 
 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.
"...magic breaks out" 

Music and Dance Project. 2020-2021 Selected Artists

We are excited to announce our first 3 groups of artists for the 2020-2021 season:

Restless Productions: Claire French (Dance) and James Maxwell (Music)

Kate Franklin (Dance) and Jeremy O'Neill (Music)

Eldon Pulak (Dance), Perri Lo (Music) Emma Parkinsons (Music)


Ne. Sans in collaboration with The Dance Centre’s Special Projects and Partnerships, is launching a new project, supporting collaboration between classical musicians and dance artists. The project offers 3 dance artists and 3 musicians (individuals and groups) the opportunity to collaborate on the creation of short, approximately 20 min pieces. Selected projects receive a fully subsidized studio space of 80 hours in total, technical support, and compensation for a sharing/presentation at the end of the process (September 2021).

Selected applicants were invited to a two-day seminar on February 8 &9th, 2020.

Online showings are scheduled to September, 2021.


Supported by The City of Vancouver, Cultural grants.

"...so many talented people, so many untapped opportunities..." Idan Cohen

DIRECTING OPERA THROUGH CONTEMPORARY DANCE opens a whole new world of collaborations with singers, dancers and musicians - as well as visual artists and designers. To do this, we cultivate mutually beneficial connections with communities, initiate performance opportunities, develop presentational platforms, and strengthen and widen artistic practices, by offering:


  • world premieres of new cross-genre works

  • workshops and classes 

  • curation of collaborative events

  • opportunities for local, national, and international artists

Join Ne. Sans 

  • Get nice discounts and special treats

  • Attend rehearsals and by-invitation-only affairs

  • Experience the consensual union of Opera and Dance

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photos (From top to bottom):

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

-Andi McLeish- Dancer: Ted Littlemore

-Ted Littlemore

-Chris Randle- Dancers: Kate Franklin, Jeremy O'Neill, Ted Littlemore