Century Song

Presented in Association with Volcano Theatre, Moveable Beast, and Richard Jordan Productions UK
Co-created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton & Ross Manson
Starring internationally acclaimed soprano Neema Bickersteth
Choreographed by Kate Alton
Directed by Ross Manson

A visually breathtaking musical voyage celebrating the strength and resilience of Black women throughout the 20th Century.

February 13 - 16, 2020
50 minutes
As a country there is much under the surface of our history that most of us aren't aware of.
Ross Manson, Director
Century Song is a love letter to a hundred years of female endeavour. […] Bickersteth is magnetically flawless
Cerebral, fascinating... ravishing
Century Song doesn’t just leave you wanting more, it leaves you bereft that this glorious hour is over
Theatre Reviews Hub, Manchester (UK)

About Century Song

The Canadian original that rocked the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, Century Song is a riveting hybrid of theatre, music, dance, and visual art featuring the powerful, Dora Award-winning soprano, Neema Bickersteth. Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Bickersteth inhabits a century of women whose identities are contained within her own.



It is an exquisite, aural experience, featuring music by some of the most adventurous composers of the past 100 years against a visual tapestry of inventive and influential art. Presented by Volcano Theatre and Moveable Beast Collective, Century Song is a co-creation by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Manson, backed by an international team of artists, musicians and designers.

“Without words – we’re forced to exist in all the other ways we communicate.”
– Neema Bickersteth, Soprano

Set Design by Camellia Koo
Costume Design by Charlotte Dean
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherak
Projection Design by Torge Møller & Momme Hinrichs (fettFilm, Germany)
Associate Video Design by Cameron Davis, Kaitlin Hickey &; Jeremy Mimnagh
Structured Improvisations & Music Co-Direction by Gregory Oh
Pianist: Matt Poon
Percussion, Computers, Structured Improvisations & Music Co-Direction by Debashis Sinha
Touring Percussion by Benjamin Grossman
Composers Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russia), Olivier Messiaen (France), John Cage (USA), Georges Aperghis (Greece), & Reza Jacobs (Canada), Improvisational Themes by Reza Jacobs

Photos of Century Song by John Lauener

A woman stands on stage with a projection behind her of a blue forest


Intercultural Conversations
In Association with Volcano Theatre & Moveable Beast Collective
With the support of
Production Partner(s)
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