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Manchester Collective: Neon

Thu 19 May, 7:45pm

Howard Assembly Room – Opera NorthVenue Name


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Manchester Collective – Neon

David Lang Cheating, Lying, Stealing
Lyra Pramuk New Work–World Premiere
Hannah Peel Neon
Julius Eastman Joy Boy
Steve Reich Double Sextet

As the sun starts of dip below the horizon, our cities change.

One by one, streetlights and neon signs flicker into life. This nocturnal world, this Neon world, is a place of mystery where anything is possible.

Built around Steve Reich’s monumental Double Sextet, this show interrogates the darker side of our urban dreams, evoking the intrigue and momentum of sleepless nights and crowded streets. These tunes are darkly swaggering, dirty, and sly.

A pair of Manchester Collective commissions lie at the heart of the programme – Hannah Peel’s titular Neon is inspired by lights and life, fusing layers of live electronics and field recordings from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo with the acoustic performances of the Collective. In her first major chamber commission, Berlin-based Lyra Pramuk presents a sensual world premiere, a meditation on feelings of disconnection and grief.

Elsewhere, David Lang’s underhand masterpiece Cheating, Lying, Stealing paints a picture of everything that can be wrong with a composer, and Julius Eastman’s much maligned Joy Boy presents a totally unique musical world of ‘ticker-tape music’,

Fast. Slow. Fast. Keep up. Don’t be late.

Line-up: violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, and live electronics

Presented in partnership with Opera North

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Tickets: £20 (plus booking fee)
Buy 2 save 10%, buy 3 save 15% (Heavy Metal, The Oracle, Neon)
Retired over 65/Leeds Card: £1.50 off
Leeds card extra/Pension credit/Income Support: £4 off
Under 30s: £10

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