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