Tree of codes

Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx

Palais Garnier - from 03 to 23 February 2017

Tree of Codes

Jamie xx
Wayne McGregor

After Jonathan Safran Foer

Danseurs (Ballet de l'Opéra)
Marie-Agnès Gillot
Lydie Vareilhes
Lucie Fenwick
Jérémie Bélingard
Sébastien Bertaud
Julien Meyzindi
Danseurs (Studio Wayne McGregor)
Catarina Carvalho
Travis Clausen-Knight
Alvaro Dule
Louis McMiller
Daniela Neugebauer
James Pett
Fukiko Takase
Po-Lin Tung
Jessica Wright
Wayne McGregor
Olafur Eliasson
Lighting design
Rob Halliday
Nick Sagar

Recorded music
Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris
Et les danseurs de la Company Wayne McGregor

Commande de l’Opéra national de paris, du Manchester International Festival, de Park Avenue Armory, de Faena Art, du Sadler’s Wells et de Aarhus, capitale européenne de la culture 2017

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

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"Space, architecture and the body are interactive. Rather than dance in a space, one can make a space dance."  

Olafur Eliasson

Created at the 2015 Manchester International Festival for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Tree of Codes possesses all the energy and vitality of a performance born of a collaboration between artists at the peak of their creativity – a collaboration, as so often in the past, born out of experimentation and common interest. Wayne McGregor draws inspiration from the novel by the American author Jonathan Safran Foer who chiselled his story from the pages of Bruno Schulz’s book, The Street of Crocodiles. He has turned to the talents of musician Jamie xx who has composed a score bordering on pop and electronica and entrusted the scenography to Olafur Eliasson, an artist internationally renowned for his monumental installations in London and New York. Carried by the sensorial music, the hypnotic interplay between mirrors and light reveals all the polysemy of the dancers’ movements, as if paring down the choreographer’s vocabulary as our gaze is literally brought into play.


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