Maureen Paley: Liam Gillick and New Order at Manchester International Festival

Maureen Paley, London.


New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes…
Manchester International Festival 2017, Manchester

Thursday 29 June 2017
Saturday 1 July 2017
Thursday 6 July 2017
Thursday 13 July 2017
Saturday 15 July 2017

For MIF17, one of Britain’s most iconic bands, New Order, will take over Stage 1 of Manchester’s Old Granada Studios for a very special series of intimate performances created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick. This MIF world premiere will see New Order deconstructing, rethinking and rebuilding a wealth of material from across their career for audiences of just 1200 a night.

Inspired by this reinvention of the band’s catalogue, Liam Gillick will be transforming the historic space at Old Granada Studios into an immersive environment, creating a stage set that responds dynamically to the music. The band will play alongside a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music, put together especially for these shows, with Mancunian composer Joe Duddell conducting and providing the orchestrations.

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Also at MIF17 is True Faith, a major new exhibition presented at Manchester Art Gallery celebrating the legacy of Joy Division and New Order through visual art their music has inspired. Curated by Matthew Higgs and Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith is centred on four decades of work from artists such as Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey and Slater Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups and their visual identity; consequently True Faith will feature Peter Saville’s seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos and posters from the artists including John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Kathryn Bigelow and James Pyman.

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
30 June – 16 July 2017

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