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CENTURY SONG Soprano Neema Bickersteth journeys through 100 years of female experience April 18-29, 2017 in Toronto

From a media release:

CENTURY SONG
Soprano Neema Bickersteth journeys through 100 years of female experience
A Volcano production in association with Moveable Beast

Created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Mason
April 18-29, 2017 in Toronto

Tickets

TORONTO - Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present Volcano’s breakout success from the 2016 Progress Festival, Century Song, onstage at Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, April 18-29, 2017.
Photography by: John Lauener and Dahila Katz
After touring Canada and Europe to rave reviews, this tour de force performance returns to Toronto for a limited run. Called a “must-see” (NOW Magazine), Century Song is a live performance hybrid showcasing the extraordinary talent of soprano Neema Bickersteth as she seamlessly melds classical song and movement to inhabit a century of Canadian women.

Created by Bickersteth, and Dora Award-winning collaborators Kate Alton (choreography) and Ross Manson (direction), this gorgeously unique show features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers (Sergei Rachmaninoff, Olivier Messaien, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, and Toronto’s own Reza Jacobs), as well as projections by Germany’s fettFilm – astonishing 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.
Photography by: John Lauener and Dahila Katz
Born in Alberta to Sierra Leonian immigrants, Bickersteth has received acclaim for her work as a classical singer, performing at major venues in Canada and Europe. When describing the inception of Century Song, Bickersteth says, “Once I became comfortable with my ability as an opera singer, once I got to the point where I felt immersed in the form, then I began to question the form itself. I started to wonder how I, as a black person singing white European roles from another era, connect personally to this art form. It became problematic to connect with what I was trained to sing. I love the music, but I began to feel constricted in my expression of it. I began to look for other ways to fuse my training and love of classical music, with my dawning awareness of other modes of expression.”
Photography by: John Lauener and Dahila Katz 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
  • Tues, April 18 – 8 pm *PREVIEW – all tickets are $20 
  • Wed, April 19 – 8pm *OPENING
  • Thurs, April 20 – 8pm
  • Fri, April 21 – 8pm
  • Sat, April 22 – 8pm
  • Mon, April 24 – 1:30pm
  • Tues, April 25 – 8pm         
  • Wed, April 26 – 8pm          
  • Thurs, April 27 – 8pm            
  • Fri, April 28 – 8pm  *SOLD OUT
  • Sat, April 29 – 2pm
Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available in person at the Crow’s Theatre Box Office, 345 Carlaw Avenue, 647-341-7390 or at nightwoodtheatre.net or crowstheatre.com

ABOUT NIGHTWOOD
As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary theatre by women. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays which have garnered Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s awards.

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