Manchester International Festival MIF 2015

Manchester International Festival announces the first three shows for the 2015 Festival, the fifth edition of the world’s only biennial of new commissions and special events.

By Lee Isherwood | November 19th '14

BRIAN COX, WAYNE MCGREGOR, OLAFUR ELIASSON, JAMIE XX, FRAMESTORE, KEVIN MACDONALD, JUSTIN FLETCHER & MAGIC LEAP ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR FIRST SHOWS OF MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2015

Manchester International Festival announces the first three shows for the 2015 Festival, the fifth edition of the world’s only biennial of new commissions and special events.

Running 2 – 19 July 2015, the MIF15 programme will include:

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TREE OF CODES – a new contemporary ballet directed and choreographed by Wayne McGregor with music composed by Jamie xx and visual concept by Olafur Eliasson

Opera House, Manchester
7 performances, 2 – 10 July 2015
Press performance 3 July
Tickets £12 – £45, on sale 10am on 20 November via www.mif.co.uk or 0844 871 7654
+ £1.25 ATG restoration levy + one off transaction fee (no per ticket booking fee)

Wayne McGregor Director and choreographer
Olafur Eliasson Visual concept
Jamie xx Composer
Inspired by Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

Manchester International Festival is bringing together the choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx to create a contemporary ballet inspired by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Soloists and dancers from The Paris Opera Ballet alongside Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will form the company, who will perform in an environment created by Eliasson to a score composed by Jamie xx.

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THE AGE OF STARLIGHT – Professor Brian Cox writes and presents, Kevin MacDonald directs a new kind of show about the history of the universe. Technology by Rony Abovitz and Magic Leap, CGI by Tim Webber and Framestore

Professor Brian Cox, Kevin MacDonald, Rony Abovitz and Magic Leap,
Tim Webber and Framestore, Peter Saville

“Standing on a well-cooled cinder, we see the slow fading of the suns, and we try to recall the vanished brilliance of the origin of the worlds.”
 George Lemaitre

Audiences at Manchester International Festival will experience The Age of Starlight: a world first show about the origin of the universe and everything within and without it. Brought to life by inventor Rony Abovitz and the team at Magic Leap, Professor Brian Cox will tell the story of the unlikely events that have led to our existence.

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THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE – a new theatre show for young children and families; Justin Fletcher invites audiences to step inside the colourful world of one of our most cherished TV characters

Starring Justin Fletcher
Written by Will Brenton and Justin Fletcher
Opera House, Manchester
14 performances, 13 – 18 July 2015
Press performance 2.30pm, 13 July
Tickets £12 – £25, on sale 10am on 20 November via www.mif.co.uk or 0844 871 7654
+ £1.25 ATG restoration levy + one off transaction fee (no per ticket booking fee)
All children’s tickets £12 + £1.25 ATG restoration levy

Manchester International Festival has invited Justin Fletcher to create The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families in the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester’s Opera House.

This funny, moving and visually exciting show gives children the chance to see Mr Tumble live and up close as he tells his own improbable life story.