Prize for Ballet
Nominees 2019

Invisible Cities

United Kingdom



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Invisible Cities

Project Pitch

Leo Warner, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lolita Chakrabarti, 59 Productions and Rambert bring to life a series of fantastical places in this world-premiere production set to premiere at Manchester International Festival in July 2019.

Centred on the edgy relationship between Kublai Khan, the volatile head of a vast empire, and explorer Marco Polo, 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.

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World Premiere:
Manchester International Festival
Tue 2 - Sun 14 Jul 2019

Created for Mayfield, Manchester’s iconic former railway depot, Invisible Cities distils both the essence of Manchester International Festival and the ambition that will define The Factory, the Festival’s future home.

Produced by Manchester International Festival, 59 Productions, Rambert and Karl Sydow. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Brisbane Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Live, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydow.


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Why should you support this project ?

Rambert is one of the world’s leading independent dance companies. Our ambition is to be the world’s most exciting dance company, making dance resonate for the 21st century.

By supporting, you will help Rambert to continue to give newer voices in the art form opportunities to make their best work, engage current audiences and reach new and wider audiences for contemporary dance.

How can you make a difference ?

Invisible Cities will be the first large-scale site-specific production in Rambert’s 90-year history. Your support will enable us to continue expanding our range of new commissions and portfolio of dance to include full-evening pieces suitable for national and international touring, large-scale co-productions, site-specific performances and opportunities for emerging artists to showcase innovative work.

Artistic Team

Director: Leo Warner
Co-Director & Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Adaptor: Lolita Chakrabarti
Concept & Design: 59 Productions
Composers: Dustin O’Halloran & Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Set Designer: Jenny Melville
Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli
Sound Designer: Gareth Fry
Video Designer: Nicol Scott
Casting Director: Sam Jones CDG
Creative Advisor: Benoit Swan Pouffer

Leo Warner

Leo Warner

Stage Director

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


Lolita Chakrabarti

Lolita Chakrabarti


Dustin and Adam OHalloran and Wiltzie

Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie


Co-producing Partners

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

United Kingdom

59 Productions

59 Productions

United Kingdom

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival


Sadlers Wells

Sadler's Wells

United Kingdom

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