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Venue

Opera House
Quay Street, Manchester, GB

Tree of Codes

A contemporary ballet

Wayne McGregor Director and choreographer
Olafur Eliasson Visual concept
Jamie xx Composer

Paris Opera Ballet alongside
Company Wayne McGregor

Inspired by Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer


Manchester International Festival is bringing together choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and Mercury Prize-winning producer/ composer Jamie xx to create a contemporary ballet inspired by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Soloists and dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet and dancers from Company Wayne McGregor will form the company, who will perform in an environment created by Eliasson to a score composed by Jamie xx.

Safran Foer’s novel is literally carved from the text of Bruno Schulz’ Street of Crocodiles; words and phrases are cut from the pages to produce an entirely different story. The creative team has worked together over the last two years to make a contemporary ballet that responds to this remarkable and beautiful artwork.

Tree of Codes - A Preview : Music & Design from MIF on Vimeo.

Paris Opera Ballet
Marie-Agnès Gillot
Jérémie Bélingard
Julien Meyzindi
Sébastien Bertaud
Lydie Vareilhes
Lucie Fenwick

Company Wayne McGregor
Catarina Carvalho
Travis Clausen-Knight
Alvaro Dule
Louis McMiller
Daniela Neugebauer
Anna Nowak
James Pett
Fukiko Takase
Jessica Wright

Sound Designer Nick Sagar
Lighting Realisation Rob Halliday


Tree of Codes at Selfridges & Co

If you're walking through central Manchester, you can get a look at Tree of Codes, MIF's new contemporary ballet, by heading to Selfridges & Co in Exchange Square. In the windows of the store, you can see an exclusive film by Ruth Hogben that stars Marie-Agnès Gillot and Travis Clausen-Knight, two of the dancers in the show. It's screening as part of Strength, Selfridges' new season fashion scheme, and is also be on display at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London.


Running time: 80 mins


Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue Armory, FAENA ART, Paris Opera Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017.
Produced by Manchester International Festival, Paris Opera Ballet and Studio Wayne McGregor.
Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and MIF Commissioning Circle.

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Watch the Tree of Codes trailer

Watch the Tree of Codes trailer