In recent years, brilliant contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor has collaborated with some of our favorite musicians. From the heart-swelling work of Max Richter to the immersive sounds of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, McGregor and those scoring his pieces have always shared a beautiful simpatico. And today we learn that his next project will be working with Jamie xx, who has composed a contemporary ballet score based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Tree of Codes.
Taking place at the Manchester Opera House for the Manchester International Festival, Tree of Codes will also be in collaboration with visual artist Olafur Eliasson, performed by soloists and other dancers from The Paris Opera Ballet and McGregor’s Random Dance Company. Speaking to the show and his collaboration with Jame xx, McGregor said:
Jonathan Safran Foer’s enigmatic novel Tree of Codes is an immersive sculptural work that brilliantly hovers between words and spaces, surfaces and layers, pasts and futures. Its post apocalyptic narrative and reinvention of the process of reading itself catapults your imagination into bracing liminal states. These blurred and disorientating worlds provide a powerful point of departure for our collaboration on stage — where constellations of light, shadows, bodies, objects and sound dance at the edges of darkness.
Although the festival doesn’t begin until next summer, tickets will beginning going on sale tomorrow at 10am. Take a listen to some Jamie xx below, watch some McGregor, and get excited.