Manchester International Festival & The Quay Brothers

Manchester International Festival invites audiences to experience a programme of virtuosic chamber music, given a very special staging in the last remaining medieval quarter of Manchester. Performances are from the 1st to the 17th of July 2011 at Chetham's School of Music.

Within the atmospheric spaces of Chetham’s School of Music, violinist Alina Ibragimova will perform a programme of musically connected works given a beguiling new visual context by legendary filmmakers and stage designers the Quay brothers. The performance will lead audiences of just 100 around the building and will feature a newly commissioned stop-motion animated film as a counterpoint to Bartok’s masterpiece, Solo Violin Sonata.

This coming together of a violinist and filmmakers explores new ways in which traditional recital can be performed and experienced. The Quay Brothers’ stop-motion animations can be seen to reflect a dark psychology resulting from a century of industrial warfare, surrealist art and dialectical politics. Artists, craftsmen and filmmakers, The Quay Brothers create detailed, deeply surreal characters and sets which form unforgettable worlds, referencing dreamscapes and fairytales.

Of this commission, Festival Director Alex Poots said, "The Quay Brothers' work has an almost alchemical quality; they can train their lenses on any ordinary object or well worn story and find something extraordinary, rendering it strange and new. I look forward to witnessing them work their dark magic on the conventional chamber music format and I am thrilled that the virtuoso Alina Ibragimova is returning to MIF for these intimate, site-specific recitals.”

This sounds like a rare opportunity to witness some freshly commissioned animation for the legendary Quay Brothers in a really exciting and original context. I'll certainly be booking some tickets, you should too...

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