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MIF 2015 Announce First Shows

Professor Brian Cox, Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald, Wayne McGregor, Jamie xx and... CBeebies' Mr Tumble?

Written by . Published on November 19th 2014.


MIF 2015 Announce First Shows
 

MANCHESTER International Festival (MIF), the world's only biennial festival of world premières and special events, has announced the first three shows for 2015 (listed below).

The full programme will be announced in February 2015.

“The Age of Starlight will invite an audience to face the biggest questions about our existence, our place within the universe"

Launched in Manchester in 2007, Manchester International Festival is an artist-led festival presenting entirely new commissioned works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

In its previous four installments MIF has welcomed: Blur's Damon Albarn, Hollywood actor William DafoeMassive Attack, Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork, Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, US Rapper Snoop Dogg and actor-director Sir Kenneth Branagh.

In 2013, it was estimated that MIF welcomed nearly 250,000 attendees (including 50,000 attending free performances) and benefited the city economy to the tune of £38m - read our 2013 report here.

The festival centres around the Albert Square hub (main image above) with performances held in multiple venues across the city, including a number of secret and previously abandoned locations - 2013 saw Mercury-Prize winning band, The xx, perform to just 60 people in the undercrofts of Victoria Station.

In 2013, Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth in the Halle St Peter's blew audiences awayIn 2013, Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth at the Halle St Peter's blew audiences away

Running from Thursday 2 to Sunday 19 July 2015, the eighteen day 2015 programme will include:

THE AGE OF STARLIGHT | Location and dates TBC

'A world first show about the origin of the universe and everything within and without it'

Professor Brian Cox recounts the unlikely events that led to our existence with the help of Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland), the Oscar-winning CGI team of Tim Webber and Framestore (Gravity), 'the UK's most famous graphic designer' Peter Saville, and inventor Rony Abovitz and the team at Magic Leap.

Professor Brian Cox said: “The Age of Starlight will invite an audience to face the biggest questions about our existence, our place within the universe, and the origin of our universe itself, using new technology to create an experience beyond anything that has been possible before.”

More info here.

Prof Brian Cox will narrate The Age Of StarlightProf Brian Cox will narrate The Age Of Starlight

TREE OF CODES | Opera House | 2-10 July 2015 | Tickets £12-£46.25

'A contemporary ballet inspired by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer'

MIF is bringing together choreographer Wayne McGregor, Random Dance and Paris Opera Ballet dancers, 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.

Wayne McGregor said: "Jonathan Safran Foer's enigmatic novel Tree of Codes is an immersive sculptural work that brilliantly hovers between words and spaces, surfaces and layers, pasts and futures. Its post apocalyptic narrative and reinvention of the process of reading itself catapults your imagination into bracing liminal states."

More info here.

Jamie XxJamie xx has composed the score for Tree of Codes

THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE | Opera House | 13-18 July 2015 | Tickets £26.25-£12

'This funny, moving and visually exciting show gives children the chance to see Mr Tumble live and up close as he tells his own improbable life story'

Manchester International Festival has invited CBeebie's Justin Fletcher to create The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families. Audiences will find out exactly how he became the joyful entertainer familiar to so many, following his journey from bouncing baby Tumble through his singing and dancing school years, right up to the present day.

Alex Poots, CEO and Artistic Director of MIF, said: "MIF and Justin Fletcher have a shared interest in making really good work for young audiences. He’s a superstar in the world of children’s TV, but his work is clearly part of a long tradition, and there's a line that stretches from Justin all the way through his teacher Jack Tripp and back to Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and the greats of silent comedy."

More info here.

Mr TumbleMr Tumble

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 20 November via www.mif.co.uk or 0844 871 7654

Manchester International Festival has a low cost ticket scheme for local audiences: a number of tickets for every performance of every show will be on sale exclusively for Greater Manchester residents at just £12. These tickets are for residents who earn less than £14k.

Some of these tickets will be available from the box office online and by phone on a first come first served basis.

More on MIF 2015 here.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 19th 2014.

Fill your boots?

Peter JacobsNovember 19th 2014.

Finally! A ballet!

David MetcalfeNovember 19th 2014.

They are taking the mickey surely. The first three announcements for MIF 2015 are a ballet, a science lecture and Mr Tumble off CBBC!!! Is it April Fools Day?? Not exactly Branagh in Macbeth is it. Unless of course Mr Tumble is doing Othello!!!

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AnonymousNovember 20th 2014.

Pretty sure I saw you complaining you couldn't get tickets on their Facebook last night..

Peter JacobsNovember 19th 2014.

Yes, the innovation of a Shakespearean actor in a Shakespeare play is oddly missing in this annoucement... Very excited that MIF have finally properly embraced dance, even if it does follow the usual pattern of two out of three collaborators being MIF 'veterans'. At least it's not Albarn though, eh?

Calum McGNovember 19th 2014.

None of you have to go... ;)

Voice of the Ironing BroadNovember 20th 2014.

Interesting to see the policy about local access. Last time MIF had a policy of lumping concessionary rates for disabled and student access into the same pool and when they were gone they were gone. In a city with a huge student population this made nonsense for disabled patrons. Please tell me you will be doing something a little fairer this year AND take into account the recent judgement on ticketing for carers accompanying disabled people.

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