Tree of Codes

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'EXTRAORDINARY BALLET WITH STARK SCORE FROM JAMIE XX IS FECUND WITH HUMAN CREATIVITY... SOMETIMES FIVE STARS ARE NOT ENOUGH' 

The Independent

Wayne McGregor collaborated with artist Olafur Eliasson and producer/composer Jamie xx to create a new contemporary ballet for Manchester International Festival.

Eliasson's large-scale projects, including The New York City Waterfalls and The Weather Project at the Tate Modern, have captured the attention of audiences worldwide. Mercury Prize-winning Jamie xx blurs the boundaries between artist and audience in sonic environments like the one he created with his band, The xx, at the Armory in 2014.

Triggered by Jonathan Safran Foer's (an artwork in the form of a book which was in turn inspired by by Bruno Schulz), this new, evening-length work features a company of soloists and dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor.

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'A TRULY COLLABORATIVE PROCESS LIES BEHIND THE EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTIC TRIUMPH OF THIS NEW CONTEMPORARY BALLET'

The Stage

'Jonathan Safran Foer's 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.' Wayne McGregor


Produced by Manchester International Festival, Paris Opera Ballet and Studio Wayne McGregor.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue ArmoryFAENA ARTParis Opera BalletSadler's Wells and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

Supported by the PRS Foundation for Music and MIF Commissioning Circle.

Images by Ravi Deepres and Joel Chester Fildes. Promotional film by Ruth Hogben.

Rehearsal footage for Tree of Codes, July 2015

Creators Project interview Wayne McGregor and Olafur Eliasson

Audience reaction to Tree of Codes at Manchester International Festival

Tree of Codes trailer, directed by Ruth Hogben

Time-lapse video of the construction of the Tree of Codes set at Park Avenue Armory, New York, in 2015.