2015-16 Season

GOYA: A Techno-Opera

Written and directed by David Fancy; Composed by WL Altman


neXt Company Theatre Co-Artistic Director David Fancy is collaborating with composer Lorne Altman (sound design for That Woman: Sex/Tragedy), Canadian soprano Helen Pridmore and choreographer Mazine Heppner (with Across Oceans) to develop this project a based on the life and work of Spanish painter Francisco Goya


GOYA fuses techno and classical operatic music to make a unique spectacle. Combining hip-hop dance, operatic singing, DJing, digital projections and virtual environments, GOYA brings spectator/participants to an intensive place of audience engagement. Six of Goya’s paintings come alive in this piece as the characters being painted express the realities of their lives and times. The artist’s journey from courtly painter to chronologer of the decay of an age brings the audience to difficult and revelatory places.


This is a dark, dynamic and very original production marked by many flashes of light. GOYA affirms that participation in dance, music, and expression are all pathways to the renewal of spirit.


This piece will represent the company’s first foray into a fusion of opera and contemporary performance, opening up the possibility for new venues and collaborations.


We will be able to reach out to a range of communities of interest with this production that will invite audiences into a very unique environment. Discussion with participants in dance culture, tech culture, painting and opera, amongst many other groups, will be possible in the course of our Open Studio series.


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Directed by Daniel Abadie


Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell created this highly imaginative one act musical that chronicles its own inception.


After entering the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Bowen and Bell decided to chronicle the struggles of the author, the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial three weeks creative proses, together with some of the events that follow leading up to the show's production.


When the writing process began, Bowen and Bell realized that their conversations about what they were going to write were far more interesting than what they were actually writing.  It then became clear that they were going to create “a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical”.


[title of show] is an incredibly entertaining show that will have you laughing and wanting more.


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Move: The Story of Transportation in Niagara

A collaborative creation by neXt Company Theatre


This long-term, community-engaged project will involve three years of interviews, community outreach and integration, historical research, and collaboration with service providers, companies, and trade unions.


The result will a large scale historical/contemporary spectacle with dozens of professional and community performers telling the story of the emergence and rise of car manufacturing in Niagara.


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