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MIF 2017 : 10000 Gestures – Mayfield, Manchester

Choreographer: Boris Charmatz Reviewer: Jo Beggs French Choreographer Boris Charmatz creates highly ambitious and experimental dance performances across the world – from Sadler’s Wells to the New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Breaking out of traditional theatre spaces, he makes work that breaks all the rules. For 10000 Gestures his first work for Manchester, Charmatz set out to make a ...

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MIF 2017: Cotton Panic! – Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester

Music: Jane Horrocks, Nick Vivian and Wrangler Writer: Nick Vivian Director: Wils Wilson Reviewer: Lizz Clark A show with 'cotton' in the title is clearly rooted in the history of Manchester and Lancashire's mill-towns. The panic referred to is the Cotton Famine of the 1860s, when the American Civil War halted supply, devastating whole communities. Huddled in the post-industrial shell ...

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MIF 2017: Returning to Reims – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: Didier Eribon adapted by The Schaubühne Adaptor: The Schaubühne Director:  Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Returning to Reims puts the International in the Manchester International Festival. The play is adapted from a best-selling French memoir, The Schaubühne Theatre Company is German and the main actor has featured in a US thriller TV series. European theatres enjoy greater subsidy than ...

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MIF 2017: Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

Men with arms in the air

Writer: Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens Music: Karl Hyde Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Jo Beggs Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens all went home. Back to their scattered hometowns, those places long left behind but which had shaped their childhoods and their lives. In Corby, Kidderminster, and Stockport they interviewed men about their fathers and their sons. Some ...

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Neck of the Woods: Manchester International Festival – Home, Manchester

Writer: Veronica Gonzalez Pena Director: Douglas Gordon Reviewer: Iain Sykes Scared of the dark? Scared of the wolves? Want to face your fears? Then, on the face of things, Neck of the Woods, premiering at Manchester International Festival may be for you. With concept and direction from Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon, the audience find themselves plunged into total ...

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Manchester International Festival: The Immortal – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Music: Mark Simpson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist: Melanie Challenger Conductor: Juanjo Mena Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tonight is all about death, and our attempts to cheat it. Mozart, aged 35, was railing against it (and lost) even as he was composing his great Requiem in D minor, which opens tonight’s Manchester International Festival programme at the Bridgewater Hall. Whether or not ...

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Manchester International Festival: The Skriker- Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Caryl Churchill Music: Nico Muhly &Antony Hegarty Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Manchester International Festival is in full swing. The city a-buzz, full of live performances designed to blow your mind, and with so much going on, all aided and abetted by the glorious sunshine, Manchester is the place to be. However, Caryl Churchill's The Skriker is ...

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Manchester International Festival: wonder.land – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Damon Albarn Book &Lyrics: Moira Buffini Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Iain Sykes wonder.land, a new musical take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale with music by Damon Albarn, launches the 2015 Manchester International Festival at the Palace Theatre. As he did with 2011’s MIF offering, Dr Dee, Albarn teams up with director Rufus Norris with this time Moira Buffini providing ...

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