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Photo: Idan Glikzelig. Dancer: Tamar Sonn

Solo for Orpheus

Solo for Orpheus draws inspiration from the myth of Orpheus to create a contemporary comment on Orpheus as the mimesis of an artist. Solo for Orpheus examines the struggles of the performance artist as they face mental difficulties presented by current times, embodied by solo artist Ted Littlemore.This dance double bill also features a Vancouver premiere of Alexis fletcher's stunning new solo performance, light in the rafters, which integrates movement with the visual art of Vancouver painter and HIV/AIDS activist Tiko Kerr.

In Theatre and Live streamed!

The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, Canada

November 16 & 18 at 7pm

Orfeo ed Euridice

Ne. Sans Opera and Dance, in collaboration with Vancouver Opera and The Dance Centre, is proud to present the world premiere of Orfeo ed Euridice.
This exquisite opera follows the ancient Greek myth of Orfeo, a divinely gifted musician and poet, who moves the deities of the Underworld with the beauty of his music and poetry to lead his love Euridice back to the world of the living. This timeless story of love is conducted by Leslie Dala and directed and choreographed by Idan Cohen with an international cast of singers and dancers, as a celebration of opera and contemporary dance.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sat Dec 4 | 7:30PM
Sun Dec 5 | 2:00PM

Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission

Photos (In Order): Lior Noyman,  Sydney Dance Company PPY- Daniel Boud, Ted Littlemore, Margalit Benari


Hourglass is set to 4 Piano Études by acclaimed minimalist composer Philip Glass, and featuring a duet with Racheal Prince & Brandon Lee Alley (Dance//Novelle) joined on stage by pianist and celebrated conductor Leslie Dala. 

Premier: November 25th, 2020. 
Duration: 35 min.


Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight: Codependency never looked so good as in choreographer Idan Cohen's Hourglass

Janet Smith, create a Stir: Chutzpah! Festival continues to push dance-theatre realms, even online

Directed by Idan Cohen
Music: Philip Glass, Solo Piano Etudes, No.3, 6, 8, 16.
Pianist: Leslie Dala
Dancers: Racheal Prince & Brandon Lee Alley (Dance Novella)
Light design: Theo Bell
Costume & Makeup: Ted Littlemore
Artistic advisor: Melanie Berson

- Commissioned by Chutzpah! Festival, with the support of RBC, Vancouver, Canada. Created as a part of Ne. sans' Residency at The Norman Rothstein Theatre, JCC, Vancouver. Support by 'Asylum Arts'.
-Special thanks to: 'Chutzpah!' Festival Artistic Director: Jessica Mann Gutteridge, Ballet BC, Alexis Fletcher and Sylvain Senez at 'The Dance Deck'. Supported by Asylum Arts.

Photos (In Order): Theo Bell, Flick Harrison. Performers: Leslie Dala (Piano), Racheal Prince, Brandon Lee Alley.
Music & Dance Project

2020-2021 Selected Artists

We are excited to announce our first 2 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)
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).
Established in 2017 by Artistic Director Idan Cohen in Vancouver, Canada Ne. Sans is re-imagining and reconnecting Opera & Dance.
Directing opera through contemporary dance opens a whole new world of collaborative opportunities: an environment that involves working with singers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, and designers.
By experimenting and constantly expanding our knowledge of multi-disciplinary art forms, we are forging what we see as a natural hybridization of the Arts. Our ambition is to create exciting, thought-provoking, artistically challenging art- and to strengthen and inspire our community.

Selected applicants were invited to a two-day seminar on February 8 &9th, 2020.
Performances are planned to September, 2021 at TDC.

Supported by The City of Vancouver, Cultural grants.
For more details:

Photo: Eran Abukassis

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