Scirocco Dance: Invisible Cities UK Tour

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Scirocco Dance: Invisible Cities UK Tour
Image courtesy of Irene Fiordilino.

Invisible Cities at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 24 — 25 July 2022 Tickets from £6.50 — Book now

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel of the same name, Invisible Cities by Scirocco Dance blends hypnotic contemporary dance with live drawing and an original score, taking audiences on a fantastical journey. An exploration of the possibilities of live performance, this dreamlike, though rhythmic, show by the London-based dance company harnesses illustration, storytelling and movement to bring Calvino’s fascinating novel to the stage.

Blending hypnotic contemporary dance with live drawing and an original score.

Calvino’s Invisible Cities centres on the uneasy relationship between young explorer Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, the capricious leader of a huge empire. City by city, the young explorer must transcend the language barrier between himself and the emperor, to describe the vast and spectacular empire.

Using an old overhead projector as a portal between two different realms – the physical and the imaginary – this dynamic and enchanting show will bring a compelling series of extraordinary cities to life. Anastasia, a city of desire and temptation; Isidora, a city of promise and memories; Armilla, a city unfinished. Nostalgic and playful, the audience are invited to experience a vibrant world of lights, sounds, colours and creatures.

This dynamic and enchanting show will bring a compelling series of extraordinary cities to life.

Poetic, pulsating and fierce, Scirocco Dance celebrate physicality, music and visual arts in this enchanting adaptation of Invisible Cities. Using their signature eclectic style, two performers work together on stage to explore each invisible city through movement and live drawing. The physical choreography is then translated into an illustration, creating a tangible archive of maps, illustrated in real-time throughout the performance.

Poetic, pulsating and fierce.

Co-founded by choreographer and researcher Irene Fiordilino and sound designer Aidan Good in 2020, Scirocco Dance Theatre’s practice sits in the space between choreography and architecture. Taking inspiration from both disciplines, the company produces interdisciplinary artwork where the relationship between bodies and space is explored through the presence of performers and stage design. An emerging company – and definitely one to watch – Scirocco Dance’s work has been presented internationally, featured in art magazines and supported by artistic residencies.

You can witness this intriguing and thoughtful performance at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 24 July and at The Empty Space on 25 July.

Invisible Cities at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 24 — 25 July 2022 Tickets from £6.50 Book now

Where to go near Scirocco Dance: Invisible Cities UK Tour

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar
at IABF

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Dog Bowl bowling alley and restaurant Manchester.
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Dog Bowl

A bar and 10-pin bowling alley combined, Dog Bowl is a neon-lit venue that serves up cocktails and Tex-Mex food to go with your time on the lanes.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Manchester
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Gorilla, Whitworth street Manchester
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Gorilla

Gorilla is a good choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From a hearty full English to meaty burgers via good vegan and veggie options. It also hosts some of the best gigs and events in Manchester.

HOME Manchester
Manchester
Theatre
HOME Manchester

Offering a packed schedule of events and things to do, HOME Manchester is one of the city’s leading hubs for arts and culture.

Manchester
Restaurant
Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Modernist shop
Manchester
Shop
Modernist Society

The bricks and mortar The Modernist shop opened in May 2019 in the Northern Quarter and is the only bookshop in Manchester specialising in architecture and design.

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