Choreographer Idan Cohen shows excerpts from his research to stage Gluck’s monumental opera Orfeo ed Euridice as an innovative contemporary dance work. Bringing together six dancers, five opera singers, musical director Leslie Dala and costume designer Evan Clayton, Cohen’s research views Orpheus not as a god, but as an artist – a human who looks at the complex and sometimes violent history of western, classical opera and dance with eyes wide open, the dancing body serving as a living example of human strength and fragility.
This pre-recorded showing will share excerpts of work in progress, and a discussion with the choreographer.
Ne. Sans Opera and Dance, under the direction of choreographer and opera director Idan Cohen and with the support of The Dance Centre and Vancouver Opera, is presenting the final stages of the research process of staging the opera Orfeo ed Euridice (C W Gluck, 1762) as an innovative contemporary dance production.
The story of Orpheus, as portrayed in this most loved opera, is an important representation of artistic and poetic heritage. It follows the trials of a divinely gifted musician and poet who, after losing his wife Eurydice, moves the deities of the Underworld with the beauty of his music and poetry, and is permitted to lead his love back to the world of the living. Though it has been told in many ways, the myth of Orpheus primarily speaks of the artist and art’s capacity to cope and inspire engagement with difficult questions in a world turned upside-down by grief.
Through dance and movement on stage, it is Cohen’s intention to emphasize that above all, Orpheus and his story are about human nature. In the Greek myth, Orpheus is described as a half-human half-god; in this production, he will stand in front of us as a human. Not as a god, but an artist, an entertainer, a clown; a human who looks at his reality with eyes wide open.
About Ne. Sans
Established in 2017 by Artistic Director Idan Cohen in Vancouver, Ne. Sans is re-imagining and reconnecting opera and dance. Since its inception, Ne. Sans has engaged the community in Vancouver and internationally in supporting collaboration and creation of fresh and engaging multi-disciplinary work, with a strong sense of historical context and social value.
Artistic Director/Choreographer: Idan Cohen
Music Director/Pianist: Leslie Dala
Dancers: Kate Franklin, Jeremy O’Neill, Ted Littlemore, Aiden Cass, Stephanie Cyr, Hana Rutka, Rachel Meyer
Music: Orfeo ed Euridice– Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus: Shane Hanson
Chorus: Heather Pawsey, Heather Molloy, William Grossman, Tyler Simpson
Costume designer/stylist: Evan Clayton
Makeup and masks: Ted Littlemore
The Dance Centre, Artist-in-Residence program; Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create, Research and Creation grant; The Piercey family- The Sheila Kathleen Piercey Fund.
Ne. Sans wishes to thank our wonderful circle of donors and supporters:
Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver- Cultural grants program, The Dance Centre, Peter Bingham and the EDAM family, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts- City of Burnaby, Chutzpah! Festival & The Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Cynthia Ramsay- Jewish Independent, Indie Opera West- Joel Klein & Debi Wong, Re:Naissance Opera, Vancouver Academy Of Music, Prep-Arts Umbrella- Lesley Telford, Astrolabe Music Theatre- Heather Pawsey.
Individual donors: Pamela Goossen, Linda Blankstein, Erica Pinsky, Val Brandt, Edelayne Westgate, The McGrane Pearson Endowment Fund (Ken Gracie and Philip Waddell), Leslie Dala, Mirna Zagar, Ada Decolongon, Marnie Carter, Joyce Ozier, Or Druker, Hadas & Itamar David, Bat-Sheva & Menachem Druker, Shira Malamud, Katya Pine, Colleen Humbert, Nancy Ferguson, Patricia L Ryan, Jane E Brindley, Robert W Collins, Vicci O’Neill, Emmy Mills, Benton Roark, Kathleen Allan, Tal Danzig, Yael Levy Morantz, Linda Hayes.
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