Esplanade Presents


Tree of Codes

Wayne McGregor (Director and Choreographer), Olafur Eliasson (Visual Concept ) & Jamie xx (Composer)  (United Kingdom)

14 Oct 2022, Fri, 8pm

15 Oct 2022, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

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1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

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Photo Credit: Joel Chester Fildes
Photo Credit: Joel Chester Fildes
Photo Credit: Joel Chester Fildes
Photo Credit: Joel Chester Fildes

"Visual surprises abound, an exhausting but invigorating ride" — Melbourne Herald Sun


"Fecund with human creativity... sometimes five stars are not enough" — The Independent


"A truly collaborative process lies behind the extraordinary triumph of this new contemporary ballet" — The Stage


Inspired by Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer 
With Company Wayne McGregor and dancers from The Royal Ballet


From the creative minds of three visionaries comes this stunning tour de force of dance, electronic music and visual art from multi-award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor, Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx (from The xx) and renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, inspired by and created in response to Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel of the same name. 


The book itself is a sculptural work of art—a post-apocalyptic tale strung together by a latticework of words carved from the pages of Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles—and an invitation to reflect upon the physicality of words and the liminal states that exist between the layers of text. Inspired by the book’s content and structure, the resulting dance piece sets McGregor’s visceral movement language against a kaleidoscopic backdrop by Eliasson, accompanied by Jamie xx’s soulful and electrifying score.


A triumph that was three years in the making, Tree of Codes is an unmissable partnership between visionary artists that will leave you wanting more. Since its premiere in 2015 at the Manchester International Festival, Tree of Codes has performed to sold-out houses and received standing ovations in New York, Paris, London, Denmark, Australia, France and Hong Kong. This performance features Company Wayne McGregor and dancers from The Royal Ballet (UK). 


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. 


Winnie Asawakanjanakit
Louis McMiller
Rebecca Bassett-Graham
Jordan James Bridge
Salvatore De Simone
Cathy Grealish
Melissa Hamilton (Guest Artist from The Royal Ballet UK)
Chien-Shun Liao
Eileih Muir
James Pett
Mattia Sala
Kym Sojourna


Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. There will be no re-admission for this performance.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. 


There will be post-show talks after the 8pm performances on 14 & 15 Oct 2022.

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6 and above.
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Artist Information

Jamie xx

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Olafur Eliasson

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Wayne McGregor

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Date & Time

14 Oct 2022, Fri


Esplanade Theatre
There will be a post-show talk

15 Oct 2022, Sat


Esplanade Theatre


Esplanade Theatre
There will be a post-show talk
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