Watch footage from ‘Tree of Codes’, the ballet scored by Jamie xx

‘In Colour’ producer has been penning extensive pieces, with the premiere airing last Friday.

Photo: Emma Swann

Last Friday (3rd July), alternative new ballad ‘Tree of Codes’ made its debut at Manchester International Festival.

The two-hour piece - choreographed by Wayne McGregor - has been scored by Jamie xx, who’s put together original music for the piece. Footage has now emerged of the ballet’s opening night, before it goes on a worldwide run.

Speaking to DIY about the ballet, Jamie said: “It’s really interesting because I’ve never done anything visually.”

“I didn’t think I would be as moved by the dancing as I am. It might be because I’m literally in this small rehearsal room with twelve very muscular people, dancing around me and so close to me they’re almost on me. It’s definitely affecting. Some of the music is more abstract, but I also wanted to have some song structures go in and out of focus. I never went to see any ballet in advance. I didn’t want to be influenced that way.”

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