Century Song

Created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Manson
Directed by Ross Manson
Performed by Neema Bickersteth
Nightwood Theatre presents Century Song, produced by Volcano and Richard Jordan Productions UK, in association with the Moveable Beast Collective

“Century Song is an unforgettable multimedia journey…a must-see.” – NOW Magazine

Runs: April 18 - 29, 2017
At Crow’s Theatre
How to purchase tickets:
By phone: Call the Crow’s Theatre Box Office [Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm] at (647) 341-7390 ext. 1010
In person: Tickets can be purchased at the Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, in the lobby, two hours prior to each performance. For more information on Crow’s Theatre please click here.

Nightwood Theatre presents Volcano Theatre’s breakout success from the 2016 Progress Festival. Century Song is a live performance hybrid. Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Bickersteth seamlessly melds classical song and movement to inhabit a century of women whose identities are contained within a single performer. This exquisitely unique show features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers, as well as projections by Germany’s fettFilm – extraordinary 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.

“Extraordinary… Truly magical… It’s rare to feel that you could stay in your seat and watch a complete repeat performance of anything. Century Song doesn’t just leave you wanting more, it leaves you bereft that this glorious hour is over.”
– Critics’ Hub, Manchester UK

Century Song is generously supported by TD Bank Group.
Piano rental sponsored by Steinway Piano Gallery.

Century Song

Neema Bickersteth: Soprano, Co-Creator
Kate Alton: Choreographer, Co-Creator
Ross Manson: Director, Co-Creator
Charlotte Dean: Costume Designer
Momme Hinrichs: Projection Designer (fettfilm, Germany)
Reza Jacobs: Composer
Camellia Koo: Set Designer
Torge Møller: Projection Designer (fettfilm, Germany)
Gregory Oh: Pianist, Improvisation/Composition
Rebecca Picherack: Lighting Designer
Ben Grossman: Percussion, Computers, Improvisation/Composition
Kaitlin Hickey & Cameron Davis: Associate Video Designers


Founded in 1994, Volcano is a Toronto-based, concept driven, independent live performance company characterized by formal experimentation, risk-taking and multidisciplinarity. It has won or been nominated for over fifty awards at the local, national and international level. The company is dedicated to using modern theatrical styles to explore questions of identity, politics and history.

Volcano has been called “the best independent theatre company in Toronto” (NOW Magazine), an “explosive company” (The Independent, UK), and “one of those companies that every great theatre city needs - bold, experimental and bubbling with ideas” (Toronto Star).

Recent shows include A Beautiful View (Toronto and Munich), A Synonym for Love (Toronto); White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Premiere Productions: Edinburgh, Toronto); The Four Horsemen Project (Toronto, Berlin, Dublin, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria); Goodness (Toronto, Edinburgh, New York, Winnipeg, Victoria, Vancouver, throughout Ontario and across Rwanda); and Another Africa (a 3-continent collaboration, which premiered as The Africa Trilogy at the Luminato Festival, and went on to the Canadian Stage Co. in Toronto).

Century Song has been developed by Volcano Theatre, in partnership with Crooked Figure Dances, and the Moveable Beast Collective.

Century Song

Tuesday, April 18 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 19 -  8:00 PM (Opening Night)
Thursday, April 20 -  8:00 PM
Friday, April 21 -  8:00 PM
Saturday, April 22 -  8:00 PM

Monday, April 24 -  1:30 PM
Tuesday, April 25 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 26 -  8:00 PM
Thursday, April 27 -  8:00 PM
Friday, April 28 - 8:00 PM (Sold Out)
Saturday, April 29 -  2:00 PM

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