World Premiere, A Pre-Factory Event

Invisible Cities

59 Productions and Rambert


Tue 02 July -
Sun 14 July

Starting time

Click 'Book Now' for full schedule webBreak webBreak Access Perfs CAP Wed 10 July 8pm & Sun 14 July, 2:30pm webBreak BSL Thur 11 July, 8pm

Running time

2 hours 15 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Mayfield webBreak Baring Street, M1 2PZ

Reserved Seating

Price range

£10 Greater Manchester residents on lower wage Register here

£35 webBreak £30 Previews (Tue 2 - Thur 4 July), Concessions webBreak webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee)


Access information

Click below to register for £10 Greater Manchester resident lower wage tickets. More info

Invisible Cities will be at Brisbane Festival from 24 – 28 September 2019

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.

Find out what our Creative Critics thought here.


Interdependence: Artists in Conversation – Leo Warner, Jenny Melville (59 Productions) & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Sat 6 July after the performance, free to ticket-holders. 


£10 Greater Manchester resident lower wage tickets are available.

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