Manchester international festival

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‘Gone, but still here’: how vanished flight MH370 is reflected in a father’s dementia
A new theatre show by Helgard Haug weaves together the tragedy of the 2014 flight disaster with the slow decline of her parent. She explains how the two stories came together

Natasha Tripney

15, May, 2023 @11:36 AM

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Artists and footballers warm up for Manchester international festival
Janelle Monáe, work by Yayoi Kusama and Ryuichi Sakamoto and a collaboration between footballer Juan Mata and artist Tino Sehgal kick off at this summer’s event

Shaad D'Souza

14, Mar, 2023 @11:01 AM

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The Patience of Trees review – nature cries out from a concert cocoon
Hugo Ticciati and Manchester Camerata created an intimate space for Manchester International festival from which to evoke the busy harmony of urban wildlife

Hugh Morris

18, Jul, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Notes on Grief; Cloud Studies; The Long Waited, Weighted, Gathering – review
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s reflections on the death of her father resist the confines of the stage

Kate Kellaway

11, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Manchester international festival: Sea Change; Breathless Puppets – review
Boris Charmatz gets Manchester’s communal toes tapping, while Akram Khan partners with hand-drawn animation in a coming-of-age tale


11, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Arlo Parks review – impassioned live show creates heady sense of joy
Playing to a masked, distanced audience may not be every singer’s dream but this was a performance of dazzling intimacy

Dave Simpson

09, Jul, 2021 @12:20 PM

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Notes on Grief review – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie essay sketched on stage
The novelist’s article about her father’s death was expanded into a book and has now become a play but it feels limited

Arifa Akbar

07, Jul, 2021 @12:23 PM

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‘Life is never what you expect!’ Deborah Warner on theatre, nature and new parenthood
The groundbreaking director’s new project, Arcadia, fills tents with poetry and music in Manchester. She talks about Covid and Brexit, becoming a mother and taking over Bath’s Ustinov

Andrew Dickson

07, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The Global Playground review – silliness at full throttle as cameras roll on dance moves
Fun, mischief, comic puppetry and rather frustrating lulls abound as a dance company attempts to film its latest show

Kate Wyver

05, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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All of This Unreal Time review – Cillian Murphy confesses all in pounding sound and blinding light
In a grimy and intense film installation, the actor unleashes a torrent of regret, superbly scripted by Max Porter

Kate Wyver

04, Jul, 2021 @10:28 AM

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Hundreds of dancers perform living flipbook to open Manchester international festival
Sea Change by French choreographer Boris Charmatz saw professional and amateur dancers perform unique ‘funny, awkward movements’

Sasha Mistlin

02, Jul, 2021 @1:26 PM

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10 of Manchester’s best restaurants and food markets
With the Manchester international festival starting this week, we pick restaurants and street food venues to fuel the brain after all that culture

Tony Naylor

01, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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