Tree of Codes Photo Joel Chester Fildes
Show photographer Joel Chester Fildes

Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson & Jamie xx: Tree of Codes

  • Schedule

    Fri 12.8. 19:00 Artist discussion after the performance

    Sat 13.8. 19:00

    Sun 14.8. 14:00

    Sun 14.8. 19:00

  • 1 h 12 min, no intermission.

Tree of Codes is an eruption and soulful amalgamation bringing together choreographer Wayne McGregor, installation artist Olafur Eliasson and electronic composer Jamie xx to reinterpret Jonathan Safran Foer’s haunting experimental novella of the same name.

These blurred and disorientating worlds provide a powerful point of departure for each artist – a dance work within a multimedia sculpture, a light show projected on skin and a ballet set to a pounding club beat.

Artist discussion with Wayne McGregor after the performance on 12 Aug at 20.30–21 in the Erkko Hall. Discussion in English, led by Marko Ahtisaari, Artistic Director of Helsinki Festival.

Interview with Wayne McGregor

The event is organised by Helsinki Festival.

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Director and choreographer

Wayne McGregor

Visual concept

Olafur Eliasson


Jamie xx


Jonathan Safra

Inspired by Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

Lighting Realisation

Rob Halliday

Sound Designer

Nick Sager

Music mixing

David Wrench

Strongroom Studios, London

Production team

Production Manager

Jim Leaver

Project Manager / CSM

Louise Martin


Emma Frith


Clare Louise Heath

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue Armory, FAENA ART, Paris Opera Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Paris Opera Ballet and Studio Wayne McGregor.

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