In what promises to be an unforgettable, after-hours experience of one of the city’s most-loved and most-famous landmarks, Company Chameleon are set to take over Manchester Central Library on Fri 24 – Sat 25 November 2017 (7.00pm and 9.00pm) with Illuminate, a site-specific production of new dance, music and light art.
The innovative Library Live commission will see the Manchester dance company take audiences to the past, present and future in an exciting and original promenade piece of dance theatre.
Beginning outside of the Library, on the steps between the Corinthian columns, and culminating in the heart of the Library under the dome of the Reading Room, Illuminate will take audiences on a journey of seven stories, which are told in seven different spaces around the Library building.
Inspired by classic story-telling and the seven themes that have underpinned literature since the beginning of time, Illuminate will bring to life the hundreds of stories and characters which live in the Library’s catalogue of literature, through a captivating mix of live performance.
Tales including those of comedy, tragedy and love will unfold through seven scenes of mesmerising dance and movement performed by a company of 50 dancers.
Library Live, Manchester Central Library’s cultural programme, which has commissioned the piece, is continually pushing the boundaries of what a Library can be through the development of its cultural programme and commitment to creating unexpected, sociable and stimulating experiences through artistic and community collaboration.
In 2014, following a £50million redevelopment, Central Library re-opened and as part of the celebrations, indie-rock band, Everything Everything, took residency and transformed the building through music. This time, Library Live is turning the spotlight on a different artform and is giving dance the chance to realise what can be achieved in the building’s spaces.