Manchester Collective: Neon

Thursday 19 May 2022

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As the sun starts to 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 Peels titular ‘Neon’ is inspired by light 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.

Save 10% when you book two Manchester Collective gigs at the Howard Assembly Room and 15% when you book all three. Discounts apply to full price tickets only and will be added in the basket once multiple events have been selected.

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

£10 tickets for U30s members
(Limited availability applies)

In partnership with Leeds International Concert Season

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Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in venues ranging from concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals. New music and collaboration are of vital importance to the Collective; they commission and present work by some of today’s most exciting artistic voices, crossing different genres and artforms.

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Manchester Collective: Neon

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