Tree of Codes


Mechanical feelings, sculpted bodies, rotating beats and dancing circles for ‘Tree of Codes’, a brilliant contemporary dance show performed on March 2017 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor created a stunning piece of work reinterpreting the homonym D&AD awarded post-apocalyptic novel by ‘Jonathan Safran Foer (2011).

‘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. […] These blurred and disorientating worlds provide a powerful point of departure for our collaboration on stage.’

(Wayne McGregor)

The peculiarity of the show executed for the first time at the 2015 Manchester International Festival, is not only the outstanding  performance of the dancers, but also the contribution of two global recognized artists from the worlds of music and art: Jamie XX and Olafur Eliasson.

The English beat-maker and producer from The XX collaborated with the Danish-Icelandic contemporary artist for a kaleidoscopic practice, representing obscure and distort realities through captivating and absract shapes, lights and sounds.

Some Flash Dance influence for the costumes and colors, and Dirty Dancing  for the movements incur into a fluent performance of high sexual charge, ungendered and enhanced by a synergistic music.

Each dancer flirts with the public, walks the catwalk-stage and loudly breaths, creating a persuasive music itself.

In short, imagine bringing ten Greek athletes dressed by  J.W. Anderson into Fabric, and Fabric into a mirrored Serpentine gallery and after mixing everything.. Just press play


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