Invisible Cities archiveZenobia, a city of joy. Beersheba, a celestial city of gold. Isadora, a city of promise, seduction and desire. City by unseen city, the young explorer conjures from the ether a vast and spectacular empire - all for the benefit of its emperor, his master, who may never get to see it for himself... Leo Warner, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lolita Chakrabarti, 59 Productions and Rambert bring to life a series of fantastical places in this world-premiere production. Centred on the edgy relationship between Kublai Khan, the volatile head of a vast empire, and explorer Marco Polo, who must transcend a language barrier to describe it for him, this spellbinding mix of theatre, choreography, music, architectural design and projection mapping imagines a succession of alternative worlds ? and reimagines what is possible in live performance.


Danny Sapani (Kublai Khan), Matthew Leonhart (Marco Polo)


Producer(s): Manchester International Festival, 59 Productions, Rambert, Karl Sydow
Director(s): Leo Warner, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sam Jones (CDG - casting director)
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Adapted by: Lolita Chakrabarti
Design(s): 59 Productions, Jenny Melville, Nicol Scott (video)
Company: Rambert
Music(s): Dustin O'Halloran, Adam Bryanbaum (of A Winged Victory for the Sullen)
Costume: Laura Hopkins
Lighting: Faviana Piccioli
Sound: Gareth Fry
Other: Benoit Swan Pouffer (creative advisor)
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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities (Play) production archive for QTIX code T420587754. Details of all Invisible Cities archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S03612883

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