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Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective: Neon

Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

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1 hour 40 minutes, including interval

Daniel Elms Age of Spiritual Machines (with guest dancers from Alexander White Dance Company)
Hannah Peel Neon  
Julius Eastman Joy Boy 
Lyra Pramuk Quanta – World Premiere  
Steve Reich Double Sextet  

As the sun starts to dip below the horizon, our cities change.  

One by one, streetlights and neon signs flicker into life. This nocturnal world, this Neon world, is a place of mystery where anything is possible. 

Built around Steve Reich’s monumental Double Sextet, this show interrogates the darker side of our urban dreams, evoking the intrigue and momentum of sleepless nights and crowded streets. These tunes are darkly swaggering, dirty, and sly. 

A pair of Manchester Collective commissions lie at the heart of the programme – Hannah Peel’s titular ‘Neon’ is inspired by light and life, fusing layers of live electronics and field recordings from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo with the acoustic performances of the Collective. In her first major chamber commission, Berlin-based Lyra Pramuk presents a sensual world premiere, a meditation on the nature of time, memory and human experience.  

Elsewhere, David Lang’s underhand masterpiece ‘Cheating, Lying, Stealing’ paints a picture of everything that can be wrong with a composer, and Julius Eastman’s much maligned ‘Joy Boy’ presents a totally unique musical world of ‘ticker-tape music’.

Opening the programme, ‘The Age of Spiritual Machines’ is a new work for strings, electronics and two dancers by composer Daniel Elms and choreographer Alexander Whitley, exploring the relationship between music, movement and technology.

Fast. Slow. Fast. Keep up. Don’t be late.

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This event has been produced in partnership with Orchestras Live.

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Thanks to the generous support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust we are able to offer young people aged 8-25 free tickets to this concert. Click here for information on how to apply for the CAVATINA membership scheme.

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