Receiving its world premiere in Manchester this October is an innovative new work from the German artist and composer Heiner Goebbels entitled Everything that happened and would happen. Presented by Manchester International Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the show is part-performance, part-construction site. Yet, that’s right – so we don’t know exactly what to expect, but if the Festival’s track record for producing theatrical experiences of distinction (from Monkey: Journey to the West to Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna, Bjork’s Biophilia show and Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk’s immersive production It Felt Like a Kiss to name but a few) Everything that happened and would happen is likely to another classic. Starting from mid October, Everything… enjoys an eight-night run at Mayfield, next to Piccadilly Station. It’s billed as  an artistic re-enactment of European history since the outbreak of World War One, representing a planet on the verge of collapse, lurching between conflict and the promise of peace. Featuring 20 performers, the work promises to unite together live music, sound, movement and image in a three hour performances. The audience is part of the show too, and theatre goers are invited to explore the space and experience the work from a range of different vantage points. For those who’d like to know more about the production, Goebbels will be talking about his work at an in-conversation event at the Whitworth, with fellow artist-composer Claudia Molitor on Wednesday 17 October (see listing below). E-tickets will be sent no later than two days prior to the event and can be shown on a fully charged mobile device to save paper, or printed on A4 and brought to the event.

Performances: Wed 10 Oct – Sun 21 Oct, Mayfield Train Station, Fairfield Street, Manchester, 6.30pm, £10 – £25,

In conversation event: Wed 17 Oct, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, 6.30pm, £5,

Wed 10 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
A. James Simpkin
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Thu 18 Oct 2018