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' 

- Paul Valley, The Independent

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

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

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

- Roger Foss, 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: 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.