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. Loosely based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Created for Mayfield, Manchester’s iconic former railway depot, Invisible Cities distils both the essence of MIF and the ambition that will define The Factory, the Festival’s future home. Invisible Cities has been created for Mayfield, Manchester’s iconic and once derelict railway depot. It features historic pillars, which are part of the staging and there may be occasions when your view is obstructed. 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 Dancers: 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 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.
If you are struggling to book tickets online, please purchase on the door at the venue.
Interdependence: Artists in Conversation – Leo Warner, Jenny Melville (59 Productions) & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Sat 6 July after the performance, free to ticket-holders.
CAP – Weds 10 July at 8pm
CAP – Sun 14 July at 2.30pm
BSL – Thu 11 July at 8pm (Interpreter: Sula Gleeson. The interpreter will stand in front of the West seating block.)
This event takes place at Mayfield Depot (Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PZ). The venue is a large former railway depot close to Manchester Piccadilly station. Please wear warm clothing and flat shoes: it may be cold inside the venue and parts of the floor may be uneven.
The entrance to the event is via Baring Street – there is a step-free access into the venue. Once inside, there is a shallow ramp into the main performance space.
There is step free access around the venue, but there are steps to most seats in the performance space. Row A of the West and South seating blocks have step-free access.
This event is seated, and there will be wheelchair spaces and reserved accessible seating available for those with access requirements (including those requiring space for an assistance dog).
If you are attending a BSL interpreted performance, there will be reserved seating for BSL users in view of the interpreter. These will be located in the West seating block, as the interpreter will stand in view of this block.
If you are attending a captioned performance, captions will be available on individual tablet devices. Further information on how to collect your device will be included on your pre-event email.
There will be toilets on site, including accessible facilities.
There will be an accessible, lowered service point at the bar.
This performance will feature large-scale projections, and at times the seating blocks will be enclosed by gauze.
This performance contains haze, smoke, strobe and loud noises.
£10 Greater Manchester resident lower wage tickets are available.