Invisible Cities

59 Productions and Rambert

Tue 2 July, 2019

Sun 14 July, 2019

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Zenobia, a city of joy. Beersheba, a celestial city of gold. Isadora, a city of promise, seduction and desire. City by unseen city, the young explorer conjures from the ether a vast and spectacular empire – all for the benefit of its emperor, his master, who may never get to see it for himself...

Leo Warner, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lolita Chakrabarti, 59 Productions and Rambert bring to life a series of fantastical places in this world-premiere production. Centred on the edgy relationship between Kublai Khan, the volatile head of a vast empire, and explorer Marco Polo, who must transcend a language barrier to describe it for him, this spellbinding mix of theatre, choreography, music, architectural design and projection mapping imagines a succession of alternative worlds – and reimagines what is possible in live performance.

​Produced by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, 59 Productions and Karl Sydow.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, Brisbane Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Live, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydow.

Image Credit: Jason Bell



Image Credit: Tristram Kenton

Leo Warner – Director

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Co-Director & Choreographer

Lolita Chakrabarti – Adaptor

59 Productions – Concept & Design

Rambert – Dance

Danny Sapani – Kublai Khan

Matthew Leonhart – Marco Polo



Miguel Altunaga, Adél Bálint, Soojin Choi, Simone Damberg Würtz, Daniel Davidson, Max Day, Edit Domoszlai, Liam Francis, Juan Gil, Brenda Lee Grech, Hua Han, Conor Kerrigan, Nancy Nerantzi, Salomé Pressac, Guillaume Quéau, Aishwarya Raut, Hannah Rudd, Antonello Sangirardi, Joaquim de Santana, Kym Sojourna, Alex Soulliere, Jacob Wye.


Dustin O’Halloran & Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Composers

Jenny Melville – Set Designer

Nicol Scott – Video Designer

Laura Hopkins – Costume Designer

Fabiana Piccioli – Lighting Designer

Gareth Fry – Sound Designer

Sam Jones CDG – Casting Director

Benoit Swan Pouffer – Creative Advisor

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