New Order took over Stage 1 of Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios for this special series of intimate shows, created in collaboration with two close associates: visual artist Liam Gillick, who has previously presented solo exhibitions at venues such as Tate Britain and MoMA in New York; and composer-arranger Joe Duddell, a fellow son of Manchester and a frequent collaborator with the band.
For New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.., the group deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new. Performing it live, they were joined by a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music, with Joe Duddell providing the orchestrations.
Inspired by this reinvention of the band’s catalogue, Liam Gillick transformed the historic Stage 1 into an immersive environment, creating a stage set that reacted dynamically to the music. MIF17 – so it goes…
A pre-show soundscape entitled ‘Breathless’, was created and recorded for MIF17 by the Option (Paris), in collaboration with Dave Haslam.
‘Inventive and exhilarating art and music’ The Observer
‘The mood was electric. The already bursting melodies of Bizarre Love Triangle swelled to giant size with the help of the 12 disciples’ The Times
Liam Gillick, Peter Saville and Matthew Higgs were in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist on Saturday July 8 at The Stoller Hall.
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Wiener Festwochen. Produced by Manchester International Festival.Photo: © Jon Super