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Chaos to Order trailer


Every day from 10-15 November, internationally acclaimed band Everything Everything take over Central Library Manchester as they present Chaos To Order, a week of curated events and experiments to challenge perceptions and test the limits of what a 21st century library can be.

Throughout the week Everything Everything will, in public view, compose new songs that directly respond to the iconic Grade II* listed building’s extraordinary architecture. Library goers, visitors and audiences can see first-hand how the Ivor Novello Award and Mercury Prize nominated band work together and with other artists in the surroundings of a working public library.

Kiran Leonard performs Dereveaun Seraun, an original composition of five movements specially commissioned for the residency and in collaboration with HOME and North West Film Archive singer-songwriter Josephine will perform against a backdrop of historical footage from the archive collections.

Throughout the week Emma Jane Unsworth will be the Chaos To Order Writer-in-Residence. Unsworth will host daily readings of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems and Q&A sessions with Manchester’s hottest new fiction writers, as well as hosting drop-in workshop sessions in one of the city’s newest social spaces.

Comedian, writer, presenter and activist Josie Long performs a one-off specially commissioned piece in Central Library’s performance space, in which she will explore the theme of Chaos To Order. BBC 6 Music presenter and stand-up comedian Shaun Keaveny will kick off the weekend by inviting audiences to drop by for a drink and a spot of post-work levity.

The audience gets in on the act on with a part-performance, part-installation from Matthew Bourne and Christophe De Bezenac. Performance company Quarantine present The Reading Room, a mass spoken-word choir under the magnificent dome of the Henry Wolfson Reading Room and invite members of the public to make a contribution to Chaos To Order with ‘Between us, we know everything….‘ a mobile video studio based at Central Library throughout the week capturing both the useful and useless information a person acquires in their lifetime.

Elements of Everything Everything’s residency will combine in the residency’s finale event on Saturday 15 November. Singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop performs a new commission in the Henry Wolfson Reading Room, while internationally-renowned dance producers Company Chameleon reprise an improvised dance piece created for the residency. Everything Everything will then take to the stage to debut original material shaped and influenced by the library’s unique surroundings and the residency’s theme – Chaos To Order.

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