29 June – 16 July 2017

Inne Goris

Once Upon a Story

Belgian theatre director Inne Goris left standard theatre spaces behind and hosted the world premiere of ZigZag ZigZag, her new work for 9-11-year-olds, at Crossacres Primary School in Wythenshawe. The show then travelled to schools across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs, and nearly 600 children had the chance to experience this beautiful story about friendship and loss in their own schools.

ZigZag ZigZag was just one of a quartet of works directed by Goris for MIF13: Manchester Town Hall hosted the UK premieres of Once Upon a Time (for children aged four and over) and Long Grass (for over-15s), along with some additional performances of ZigZag ZigZag; while Daydream (for over-threes), a beautiful musical installation originally commissioned as part of MIF11’s Music Boxes, made a welcome return to MIF in Festival Square.

‘It was a real privilege to host ZigZag ZigZag in our school. The majority of our children come from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds. It is really important for their cultural development for them to be made aware of the opportunities that the arts can offer to them’ Teacher, Crab Lane Community Primary School

Commissioned by MIF Creative, LOD|music theatre, ZEVEN, Crying Out Loud, Juice Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival, LOD|music theatre and ZEVEN.

12-21 July 2013
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, and schools around Greater Manchester
World premiere 13 July 2013 (ZigZag ZigZag)

MIF worldwide
ZigZag ZigZag
27-30 October 2013 at Seven Stories, Newcastle and St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Newcastle as part of Juice Festival

20-22 June 2014 at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, London, UK

2-25 August 2013 at the Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14-19 May 2013 in Ronse, Belgium

16-21 April 2013 at Cultuurcentrum Belgica, Dendermonde, Belgium

5-10 March 2013 in Beveren, Belgium

19 September – 21 October 2012 at Korenmarket, Vroonstalledries, Yachtdreef, Woodrow Wilsonplein and Gentbruggeplein in Ghent, Belgium

14-16 September 2012 at Festival Kanal, Brussels, Belgium

18 March 2012 at Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever, Belgium

26 February 2012 at Westrand Cultuurcentrum, Dilbeek, Belgium

17-19 February 2012 at De Kortrijkse Schouwburg, Kortrijk, Belgium

1-2 December 2011 at the Big Bang Festival, Lille, France

11-13 November 2011 at BRONKS, Brussels, Belgium

2-5 November 2011 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, Belgium

23-25 September 2011 at C-mine, Genk, Belgium

27 August – 3 September 2011 at the Zeeland Nazomerfestival, Middelburg, Belgium

30 July – 5 August 2011 at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, Netherlands

30 July – 5 August 2011 at Theater aan Zee, Ostend, Belgium

21-24 July 2011 at MiraMirO, Ghent, Belgium

Related events
Daydream received its world premiere at Music Boxes in MIF11