Manchester International Festival launches programme for 2011

mif-bannerManchester International Festival launches programme for 2011

Manchester International Festival today launches the full programme for the 2011 Festival, with an event at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.

From Thursday 30 June to Sunday 17 July 2011, MIF will present more than 20 commissions, premieres and special events created by leading artists from around the world, some of which have been three years or more in the making.

They are:

Björk – Biophilia
Three week Manchester residency; the world premiere of her Biophilia live show
Alina Ibragimova / The Quay BrothersBach, Berio, Biber and Bartók, Béla
Promenade staging of chamber music in the last medieval quarter of Manchester
Rufus Norris, Damon Albarn – Doctor Dee
New work inspired by Renaissance alchemist, scientist and spy, Doctor John Dee
The Life & Death of Marina Abramović
Robert Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Antony & Abramović in a startling new piece for the stage
Punchdrunk – The Crash of the Elysium
Immersive theatre company’s first show for children
Victoria Wood – That Day We Sang
Britain’s best-loved comedic voice creates a Manchester love story – with singing
11 Rooms @ MAG FREE
Group show featuring stellar international cast of artists making durational work
Snoop Dog – Doggystyle
Hip hop pioneer presents the first UK performance of his genre-defining debut
1395 Days without Red + Projections FREE
New film by Anri Sala & Sejla Kameric, plus Artangel retrospective
Amadou & Mariam – Eclipse
Blind Malian superstars stage first concert entirely in the dark
Sacred Sites FREE
Faith groups across Manchester invite leading singers to perform in local sites of worship
Music Boxes FREE
A melodic adventure for children aged 6 months – 7 years
Sinead O’Connor
Three intimate shows premiering new material and revisiting old favourites
John Gerrard – Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) FREE
An evolving virtual world, running 24 hours a day on an LED wall on Lincoln Square
Manchester’s own WU LYF play their only UK Festival date this summer
Lavinia Greenlaw – Audio Obscura FREE
Located on Piccadilly Station, a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world
Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates and more
30 years since its release, Jones plays her album Pirates plus a career-spanning set
Johnny Vegas – new show
New theatre piece from the inimitable Mr Vegas. Watch this space for details.
Die Walküre + The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan: Hallé/Elder/Bartlett/McBurney
Concert performance of Die Walkure with supporting prologue. Plus FREE preview
Mark Andre
First UK performances of work by this remarkable French composer
True Faith
A celebration of Manchester-made talent; live bands and in-conversations in MIF’s Pavilion Theatre
Paul Heaton – The 8th
Epic pop song all about the deadly sins – including a brand new one, The 8th
Vertical Farm FREE
Dickson Despommier, originator of the vertical farm concept, kicks off a long term project for MIF