Susan Hefuna

Fri 30 June, 2017

Sun 16 July, 2017

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Featuring a major public performance and a wide-ranging exhibition, Susan Hefuna’s timely, poetic work addressed some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of togetherness.

The focal point of ToGather was a free public event to which everyone was invited. Local residents, originally from fifteen different countries including Iran, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Pakistan, Albania and Kuwait, traced individual paths through Whitworth Park. Featuring dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor, the work took creative inspiration from migrants’ experiences and stories. Recognising the social importance of food to migrant communities, a wide range of food and drink stalls were available on the day.

The exhibition took the form of a ‘mental map’, installed in several rooms at the Whitworth and parts of Whitworth Park. A series of palmwood structures, inspired by boxes seen on the streets of Hefuna’s native Cairo, were joined by a rich selection of drawings, vitrines, personal objects and a new digital work, all on themes of migration and separation, gathering and togetherness.

ToGather’s multiple parts combined into a hugely moving whole, a work of great significance and power on this most urgent of subjects.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester. In association with Studio Wayne McGregor. Supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence and My Festival Circle.

...since I saw it, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about these little glass jars. I went to see an exhibition, and came home with a short story in my head.


One of the unqualified successes of McGrath’s new tenure... Hefuna’s succeeds in connecting the local with the international...The performances were joyful to watch

Art Review

Susan Hefuna Artist

Jasmine Wilson Choreographer

Company Wayne McGregor Dancers

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