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Jamie xx, Paris Opera Ballet and more lead Melbourne Festival program as dance, light and music collide

Introducing Tree of Codes, a Melbourne Festival event that will see a collaboration between renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx and the Paris Opera Ballet in a capstone performance that brings together multiple artists at the forefront of their respective disciplines. 

Tree of Codes features music, dance, light and structure - all underpinned by a purposely written score from Jamie xx, immersive visual design from Olafur Eliasson and visceral choreography brought to life by 15 dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor. 
 
Inspired by the Jonathan Safran Foer book of the same name, the piece was created with each artist interpreting the text in their own way. Jamie xx used an algorithm to turn spaces and shapes from the book into melodies, while McGregor created a dance for each of its 134 pages. 
 
“All festival directors have their top 50, the list of artists they dream of presenting during their festival tenure," said Festival Director Jonathan Holloway. "Tree of Codes was created by three contemporary artists from the very top of my list, so bringing it to Melbourne in its original form, with soloists from the Paris Opera Ballet, is three dreams come true."

Tree of Codes will run as part of Melbourne Festival from Tuesday October 17 - Saturday October 21 at the State Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday June 17 at 5pm.