On MIF21’s opening night, join us for a daring new dance work designed for Deansgate by French choreographer Boris Charmatz – and featuring more than 150 Greater Manchester residents among the cast. Sea Change is a huge human jigsaw, and it’s down to you to put together the pieces and complete the picture.

Sea Change will fill Deansgate with a chain of professional and non-professional dancers, each performing and repeating a section of choreography. Rather than the work moving on in front of you, it’ll be up to you to ‘move on’ the work: walking or even running past waves of dancers to animate the action into your very own living flipbook.

Created especially for the Festival, Sea Change is a unique and captivating response to the pandemic – a joyous celebration of togetherness in a post-lockdown world, and the warmest welcome back to your city and your Festival. Join us!

‘Designed as both a large festive gathering and a work of art, Sea Change works on two levels: viewers will perceive a single organism, one single continuous movement made by the many, and each participant singularly embodying the piece.’ – Boris Charmatz

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and [terrain].


Image credit: Lee Baxter

Essential Information

COVID-19 safety

The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety consultants to ensure all our venues are COVID-safe and secure for everyone. You can read more details about our safety measures on our Visit Us page, which we’ll update regularly between now and the Festival.


This event takes place along Deansgate, a public shopping street in Manchester city centre.

Audience members will walk along the street and watch the performers as they go.

The full route is approximately 750m long.

This performance will feature high noise levels throughout and may be quite an intense sensory and emotional experience for some people.

Audio Description:

An Audio Described introduction to Sea Change will be available before the show. We will email all ticket-holders with a link to download or listen online.

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