Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tree of Codes

Manchester Opera House
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I mentioned the Ballet of the Paris Opera in Paris Opera 2015 and 2016 Season 11 April 2015. Between 2 and 10 July stars and other artistes of that company are coming to the Manchester Opera House to perform in Wayne McGregor's ballet, Tree of Codes, as part of the Manchester International Festival. Those stars include Marie-Agnès Gillot and Jérémie Bélingard.

According to the Festival website. the ballet is inspired by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. The novel is literally carved from the text of Bruno Schulz’ s Street of Crocodiles. Words and phrases are cut from the pages to produce an entirely different story. McGregor has worked with artist Olafur Eliasson and composer Jamie XXX over the last two years to make a contemporary ballet that responds to Safran's work.

This seems daring stuff for the English provinces which struggle to fill theatres for Swan Lake or even events like Sapphire.  I'll be there and I hope others will too. If you want to come here's the link to the box office.

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