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Photo: Idan Glikzelig. Dancer: Tamar Sonn


November 5-6, 2022 at 8pm
Chutzpah Festival
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, Canada.


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.

Take This Waltz
Celebrating the Music of Leonard Cohen

Pacific Opera Victoria


Wednesday Nov 23, 7:30pm 

Thursday Nov 24, 4:00pm

Friday Nov 25, 7:30pm

Saturday Nov 26, 7:30pm

Sunday Nov 27, 4:00pm

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.

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

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:

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

Photo: Eran Abukassis

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