Manchester International Festival finished 11 days ago – are you missing us yet? If MIF17 has whetted your cultural appetite, you may be interested to hear about a number of exciting events being presented in Manchester and beyond over the next few months by some of our friends and partners. Here are some highlights…
Ghost Dances, Christopher Bruce’s iconic masterpiece, is possibly the most popular work in Rambert’s history. Created as a response to political oppression in South America, it uses imagery from the Day of the Dead and bewitching traditional music to create a moving, intensely human work. It’s presented at The Lowry from Thur 28 to Sat 30 September in a triple bill that also includes the dramatic Transfigured Night, created by Kim Brandstrup, and a brand new work from Andonis Foniadakis, Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet. Tickets are now available from The Lowry’s website.
This Is Human is a distinctive and ambitious series of unusual happenings taking place in the galleries, cinemas and theatres of HOME throughout August. Drawing inspiration from the brain and the four main areas controlling emotion, movement, biological rhythm and sense, this innovative project will combine sensory installations, live performances, interactive experiences and celebrations. This fresh approach to experiencing art has been put together by a collective of 18 of Manchester’s emerging creatives formed through HOME’s Project X. Learn more at the HOME website.
Manchester Camerata’s ongoing UpClose series takes the ensemble out of the concert hall and into unexpected spaces around the city. On Sat 9 September, they’ll be at HOME in the company of Sven Helbig, an innovative and award-winning producer for the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Snoop Dogg, who’ll be presenting his Pocket Symphonies with a live video performance from artist/filmmaker Chris Paul Daniels. The pair will be on hand to discuss the work at a post-show talk. Learn more and book online at the Manchester Camerata website.
An immersive family show at the Museum of Science & Industry’s 1830 Warehouse, The Welcoming Party was one of the big hits at MIF17. Good news: the welcome continues at Z-arts in August, with free family activities tied to the themes and stories explored in the show. Z-arts is The Welcoming Party HQ: every Saturday in August, there’ll be a range of different family-friendly activities, all based around the theme of welcoming. There’s no need to book – simply turn up and join in. Find out more at the Z-arts website.
Deep within a hidden office complex in Hull city centre, a mysterious new Korean technology company is about to change the way we view the world… Explore what happens when live performance, installation and pioneering technology combine to create a vision of a world spinning thrillingly out of control in One Day, Maybe, the new work from dreamthinkspeak. It’s in Hull from Fri 1 September to Sun 1 October as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and tickets are available at the Hull 2017 website.
Love and marriage, birth and death. Seen from a distance they’re just the rhythm of everyday life: but when you’re caught up in the middle and they’re happening to you, they’re the whole world.
A bona fide American classic, OUR TOWN Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smalltown epic of human existence remains as theatrically fresh and as topical as ever. Running 14 September – 14 October and tickets are available at the Royal Exchange website.
Following last year’s smash hit performances of Akram Khan’s Giselle, a world premiere co-presented with MIF and Sadler’s Wells, English National Ballet returns to Manchester with a stirring double bill: Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful and poignant masterpiece Song of the Earth explores love and loss, while Frank Andersen’s classic ballet La Sylphide portrays a young man’s obsession for a magical creature – with fateful consequences. The double bill is at the Palace Theatre from Wed 11 to Sat 14 October, and you can now book online.