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 HumumentFoer 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.