880 Fairfield Road
24 - 28 Sept | 880 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly
59 Productions / Rambert (UK)
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
59 Productions Showreel 2019
See previous work by the trail-blazers of digital technology
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
Interested in being part of this ambitious project?
We are offering a unique professional development experience for Queensland technical designers seeking the opportunity to work on Invisible Cities. Find out more here.
Food and beverage available to purchase on-site
Post-show Q&A Thu 26 Sept
Auslan interpreted Fri 27 Sept
880 Fairfield Road
$59 - $75
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