Published Nov 19, 2014Though solid details have yet to surface about Jamie xx's forthcoming solo album, the UK producer has begun work on another project — scoring a ballet.
He'll be providing the musical accompaniment for a modern ballet interpretation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Tree of Codes, which will run from July 2-10 in the UK at the Manchester Opera House as part of the Manchester International Festival.
The show will be choreographed by Wayne McGregor with visual design coming courtesy of Olafur Eliasson. The dancers were selected from the Paris Opera Ballet and McGregor's own Random Dance Company.
"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," said McGregor in a press release.
"Its post-apocalyptic narrative and reinvention of the process of reading itself catapults your imagination into bracing liminal states," he continued. "These blurred and disorientating worlds provide a powerful point of departure for our collaboration on stage — where constellations of light, shadows, bodies, objects and sound dance at the edges of darkness."
Speaking about the collaborative effort, which took two years to complete, Eliasson added: "Clearly Jamie's music can't live without movement and space. Clearly Wayne's choreography can't live without sound and space. Clearly my art can't live without sound and movement. Clearly creativity can change the world."