Around the globe in 2019

2019 is set to be a big year for Manchester International Festival. As well as presenting our biennial festival in July, more commissions from previous years are set to tour the world, as MIF continues to collaborate with artists and cultural organisations across the globe.

Over the next six months, MIF’s upcoming touring season includes dance, theatre, classical music and live art in France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the USA, and a unique exhibition in Brazil.

Two of MIF19’s commissions are heading down under to Australia this Autumn, with The Nico Project premiering at Melbourne Festival in October, and Rambert and 59 ProductionsInvisible Cities moving onto Brisbane Festival in September, and The Nico Project premiering at Melbourne Festival in October.

Claire Cunningham’s Thank You Very Much will move onto Glasgow with National Theatre of Scotland from 31 October -3 November. Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah‘s hit show Tree moved onto its co-commissioner Young Vic Theatre from July-August. Utopolis Petersburg will be presented as part of Theatre Olympics 2019 in Russia from 7-15 August 2019.

Akram Khan’s Giselle, the first full-length ballet choreographed by the dancer and choreographer will receive its US premiere in Chicago later this month before travelling to Luxembourg.

Returning to Reims had a lasting impact on both audiences and critics in 2017, a French-language version of Thomas Ostermeier‘s production will now tour France and Switzerland. Boris Charmatz’s 10000 Gestures was described as “a thrilling blizzard of movement” when it opened at MIF17, will be performed in Barcelona later this month.

100 citizens of Recklinghausen will create a vibrant self-portrait of their city in a unique version of MIF17’s opening event What Is the City but the People? devised from an idea by Jeremy Deller, as part of Ruhrfestspiele, one of the oldest theatre festivals in Europe.

Tree of Codes, a spellbinding collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie xx that features dancers from Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet, returns to France this summer after sold-out performances in the UK, Denmark, China, Australia, and the USA.

Mark Simpson’s Oratio The Immortal, an orchestral and choral séance with text from reports made by Late Victorian mediums, will have its U.S premiere at Cincinnati’s May Festival. MIF also continues to collaborate with Björk on the production of her extraordinary multimedia exhibition, Björk Digital, which opens in São Paulo in June, after successful runs in Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona, Mexico City, Moscow, Montreal, London and Los Angeles.

As well as our touring shows, our International Director, Paul Clay, recently spent a week lecturing in Moscow, teaching students how to be an International Producer. Here is what he had to say about the experience…

“I’ve just spent an inspiring week in Moscow working with 25 producers from across Russia ho applied!) on International Cross-Art from producing, how to find collaborators and how to make work that can travel around the globe.

The week-long course, which originally ran in Hong Kong in October with West Kowloon Cultural District, was hosted this time by three great Moscow institutions; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, V-A-C Foundation and The Golden Mask which is the overarching body working across all of the theatres and producers in Russia.”

The Festival took place from 4-21 July 2019 and featured new work by artists, including Yoko Ono, Skepta, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

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