Jamie xx to soundtrack contemporary ballet for Manchester International Festival

Brian Cox will also stage a show about the 'history of the universe'

Jamie xx has scored a new, contemporary ballet called ‘Trees Of Codes’ for next year’s Manchester International Festival.

The fifth edition of the biennial event takes place between 2-19 July, 2015, with Jamie xx working on a ballet piece directed and choreographed by Wayne McGregor.

The concept is based on the book of the same by Jonathan Safran Foer, described as an “immersive sculptural work that brilliantly hovers between words and spaces, surfaces and layers, pasts and futures”. The visual concept of the project was helmed by Olafur Eliasson.

“Clearly Jamie’s music can’t live without movement and space,” Eliasson said of the piece. “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.”

Physicist Brian Cox will also present ‘The Age Of Starlight’, a show about the “history of the universe”.

Previous years have seen Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi-Zheng’s Chinese opera ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’ staged, plus Björk’s three-week ‘Biophilia’ residency.

Meanwhile, Jamie xx recently revealed that he is “mixing” his debut solo album and that The xx’s next record is “coming”.

Speaking about The xx’s third album, the producer told The Fader: “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it. It feels a lot more free than when we were making the last record.”

The xx recently told NME that they were “feeling inspired and ready to go”.

“We’re definitely feeling inspired and ready to go. We played a lot of big stages on tour in the past year, and that’s something I’m sure will come through in the next album,” said singer Romy Madley Croft. “We’ve all lived a lot of life recently, which the new songs will reflect.”
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