MOMENTS | Mash-up: Jamie xx-Scored Ballet ‘Tree of Codes,’ an Adaptation of Author Jonathan Safran Foer’s Adaptation of Another Literary Work
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Electronic musician Jamie xx scored Tree of Codes, a ballet commissioned by the Manchester International Festival and inspired by the Jonathan Safran Foer novel of the same name. The novel is actually an adaptation, using a style of in the tradition of Tom Phillips‘s book A Humument. Foer took Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles, and physically cut out a chunk of the words to create his own story. So the ballet is an adaptation of an adaptation that was inspired by a word-collage tradition. Pretty neat, huh? The ballet was choreographed by Wayne McGregor and its set was designed by visual artist Olafur Eliasson, featuring dancers from The Paris Opera Ballet and McGregor’s Random Dance Company. Tree of Codes had its opening night July 2nd and will be performed until closing night on July 10th.
On the collaboration, choreographer Wayne McGregor stated, “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. 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.”
Watch this trailer for Tree of Codes, and if you’re in Manchester, maybe go see the spectacle for yourself.
[Photo source: The Guardian]