Brisbane Festival, Tourism and Events Queensland, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Philip Bacon Galleries and Screen Queensland present

Invisible Cities


24 - 28 Sept | 880 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly




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59 Productions / Rambert (UK)

Australian Exclusive

"Magnificent." THE TIMES
"A flawless and immersive piece of theatre." MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
"Stage and video design trailblazers." THE TIMES

Staged in a huge warehouse in Yeerongpilly, Invisible Cities is perhaps the most ambitious project ever presented by Brisbane Festival.

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 thin air a vast and spectacular empire – all for the benefit of its emperor, who may never get to see it for himself…

Invisible Cities brings together a global collective of daring artists directed by Leo Warner and encompassing world-leading digital and projection storytellers 59 Productions, writer Lolita Chakrabarti, American musicians A Winged Victory for the Sullen, famed Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and the full company of Rambert, one of the world’s great dance companies.

Inspired by the novel Invisible Cities, this Australian Exclusive centres 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.

Director Leo Warner
Co-Director & Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Adaptor Lolita Chakrabarti
Concept & Design 59 Productions
Dance Ballet Rambert


RAMBERT is coming to Brisbane for the Australian Premiere of Invisible Cities, and Brisbane Festival is proud to present a one-off opportunity to do a masterclass with Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer. 

RAMBERT is one of the world’s leading independent dance companies known for creating dance that is relevant, accessible, radical, thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining. This unique opportunity to learn from the company and its artistic director is suitable for advanced students, professionals and teachers with previous dance training.

Registrations close Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Read more and submit application HERE.

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: Free
Venue: CUPO - 17 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley


59 Productions Showreel 2019

See previous work by the trail-blazers of digital technology

This performance contains loud music, strobe lighting, fog and haze effects. Suitable for audiences 12+ years.

Kublai Khan Danny Sapani

Marco Polo Matthew Leonhart

Composers Dustin O’Halloran & Adam Wiltzie of A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Set Designer Jenny Melville

Video Designer Nicol Scott

Costume Design Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli

Sound Designer Gareth Fry

Casting Director Sam Jones CDG

Creative Advisor Benoit Swan Pouffer 

Rambert Dancers: Miguel Altunaga, Adél Balint, Soo Choi, Simone Damberg Würtz, Daniel Davidson, Max Day, Alisson De Santana, Edit Domoszlai, Liam Francis, Juan Gil Alfaro, Conor Kerrigan, Brenda Lee Grech, Nancy Nerantzi, Salome Pressac, Guillaume Queau, Aishwayra Raut, Hannah Rudd, Antonio Sangirardi, Kym Sojourna, Robert Soulliere, Jacob Wye.

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.

Brisbane Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

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Food and drinks available on-site

Post-show Q&A Thu 26 Sept

Auslan interpreted Fri 27 Sept

Includes 20 minute interval

Duration : 135 minutes

880 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly

880 Fairfield Road
QLD 4105

$59 - $75

Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access
75% Visual Content

Free parking available on-site

Full information on free parking, public transport options and share-ride drop-off point will be available closer to the event


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