MIF was delighted to welcome FKA twigs - singer, dancer, choreographer and director - to take up residence for ten days in Manchester to create Soundtrack 7 for MIF15. On each of the first seven days of the residency, FKA twigs and her collaborators created and filmed a new dance-based performance piece, in which FKA twigs explored seven narratives from her own life. Audiences were admitted in groups of just 20 to watch the creative process in action.
For the final Friday and Saturday nights of the Festival, FKA twigs stitched the seven dance pieces together for five very special performances at Old Granada Studios – one of the Festival’s hottest tickets. Those not lucky enough to attend Soundtrack 7 in person were able to follow the creative process via Inside Soundtrack 7, a specially commissioned digital project that offered a rare insight into the way FKA twigs works http://insidesoundtrack7.com
Alongside this, FKA twigs discussed her work at the festival in a Q&A with Hans-Ulrich Obrist and hosted an exclusive screening of new music videos made to accompany her latest EP M3LL155X at HOME.
Soundtrack 7 Direction and music by FKA twigs, choreography by Aaron Sillis, lighting design by Tobias Rylander
Cast: Chaldon Williams, Chloe Ferns, Chris Arias, Denzel Daniels, Eloise Sheldon, Fka twigs, Gianna Gi, Kaner Scott, Kenji Matsunaga, Keron Michael Proverbs, Naomi Weijand, Paris Green, Ross Sands, Ryan Goodrum, Ryan Heseltine and Simeon Campbell.
Insidesoundtrack7.com by Studio Remote, creative direction by Adam Rodgers and Imogen Snell, art direction & animation by Stefan Endress, code by Tomomitsu Kanai, all imagery from Soundtrack 7 by FKA twigs, photography by Paula Harrowing.
Excerpts from the poem ‘I Find No Peace’ by Thomas Wyatt
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and The Space. Produced by Manchester International Festival.
‘An entirely mesmerising experience... Animalistic and ravaged with raw intensity... It's utterly brilliant.’ Sophie Colletta, The Quietus
‘An intimate glimpse inside her creative process... sparse and rough and beautiful’ Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian
‘Barnett’s move to open up her process is a bold one, a chance for the public to see errors or flaws in a work. It exposes the vulnerability of an artistic person that’s always been so visually on point as to seem otherworldly’ Simon Jay Catling, Pitchfork
‘As the stages are torn down and MIF 15 comes to a close, FKA twigs performance will be remembered as one of the standouts in this year's dance-heavy line-up.’ L’Oreal Blackett, Manchester Confidential