Jamie xx has released a preview of his contemporary ballet score, inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Tree of Codes.
The score was commissioned by the Manchester International Festival and will be performed with the ballet at the Manchester Opera House in July. The ballet will feature alongside Björk and FKA Twigs on the programme at biennial arts festival, taking place in venues across Manchester between July 2-19.
The Tree of Codes ballet will be directed and choreographed by Wayne McGregor in a space created by visual artist Olafur Eliasson, with dancers from both The Paris Opera Ballet and McGregor’s Random Dance Company.
The preview track ‘Pianna’ is a melancholy piano number, with the video itself hints at the inspired visuals created by Eliasson. Speaking of the collaboration, Eliasson said: “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”.
Watch the preview video below.
Jamie xx released his debut solo LP ‘In Colour’ last week (June 1). The album charted at Number Three on the Official UK Album Chart.
Jamie xx plays the following live dates:
Glastonbury, Worthy Farm (June 26-28)
Wales Green Man Festival (August 22)
Leeds Festival (28)
Reading Festival (30)
Isle of Wight Bestival (September 10)
London O2 Brixton Academy (October 15)
Manchester Albert Hall (16)
Glasgow Arches (17)