The secrets of storytelling explored in free events

Countdown to Illuminate
20 Nov 2017 — 23 Nov 2017
Manchester Central Library
Cost: Free



In the countdown to a groundbreaking new dance, music and art production, Manchester Central Library will host a series of free taster events.

From the inner monster to the superhero, from the tragedy of division to the pure joy of true love, Illuminate will present a new way to explore the stories that help us to understand ourselves, and our place in the world in which we live.

Seven scenes in seven spaces will take you to the past, present and future in a captivating mix of live performance around Central Library. As light art twists interiors and shifts perceptions, and an original and live soundtrack plays out, a rich blend of dance and movement will take you on a journey like no other.

The free countdown events are:

Mon 20 Nov, 12-2pm | Pop-up: listen

A lunchtime performance of live music and a chance to hear the new and original soundtrack by award-winning composer, Miguel Marin, which features in the Illuminate production.

Tues 21 Nov, 1pm | Pop-up: see

Chameleon make the street their stage and perform a pop-up dance piece on the plaza outside Central Library’s main entrance.

Wed 22 Nov, 4-5pm | Preview

Central Library open up the sides of the performance space to create a stage for professional dancers from all over the world as they share their own creative responses to Company Chameleon’s powerful and original movement style in an informal presentation.

Thurs 23 Nov, 10am-5pm | Open rehearsals

Go behind the scenes and see the rehearsal and pre-production process unfold as Company Chameleon and their ensemble of 60 dancers, musicians and collaborators take over Central Library, ahead of the first performance of Illuminate on Friday night.