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Melbourne Festival

Wayne McGregor
Olafur Eliasson
Jamie xx

Tree of Codes


An explosion of contemporary ballet, visual art and electronic music from world-leading artists at the peak of their powers, Tree of Codes will unseat everything you thought you knew about performance.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor joins forces with visual artist Olafur Eliasson and music sensation Jamie xx to produce a new type of modern dance layering classical and contemporary styles onto the bodies of soloists and dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet—one of the greatest ballet companies on the planet—and Company Wayne McGregor. The union of this dazzling array of art-makers has resulted in a stage event of astonishing reach that captures the spirit of its age like no other.

Jonathan Safran Foer's curious novel Tree of Codes saw the acclaimed author reworking Bruno Schulz's already cryptic 1934 story collection The Street of Crocodiles by taking to the text with a blade, creating a new tale from the old. Now some of the world's most incisive artists have been inspired to create with equally unexpected results, producing an ever-growing visual feast of light, colour, motion and sound.

This is the only Australian opportunity to see Tree of Codes in its original form: featuring dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor. Don’t miss a work that has sold out performances around the world, and that has altered the artistic landscape wherever it lands.

★★★★★ "Sometimes, five stars are not enough."


"Jaw-dropping... with breathtaking physical feats and visual dazzle."



Wayne McGregor, Director and Choreographer
Olafur Eliasson, Visual Concept
Jamie xx, Composer
Inspired by Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
With dancers from Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor

Nick Sagar, Sound Designer
Rob Halliday, Lighting Realisation
Odette Hughes, Rehearsal Director
Set realisation in association with Studio Olafur Eliasson
Costume realisation with generous support from Acne Studios

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.

IMAGE | Stephanie Berger

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Tue 17—Sat 21 October 2017


Tue 17 Oct 8PM
Wed 18 Oct 2PM and 8PM
Fri 20 Oct 8PM
Sat 21 Oct 2PM and 8PM

75 minutes no interval

Premium $189
A Reserve $159 / $149
B Reserve $109 / $99
C Reserve $69 / $59
Under 30s $30 Allocation exhausted

Transaction fees may apply

  • Assistive listening
  • Wheelchair
  • Loud music
  • Latecomers may not be admitted

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Wayne McGregor

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Olafur Eliasson

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Jame XX

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Paris Opera Ballet