RIMINI PROTOKOLL (HAUG / KAEGI / WETZEL)
Utopolis Manchester was a visionary site-specific work that uses intricate tapestries of sound and voices to transform our view of the city. Gathering in dozens of small groups at multiple locations, exploring the people and places that shape Manchester’s daily life – and discovering the many ways in which citizens build communities, society and democracy.
As our assembly reaches critical mass, a question emerges. Can a group of disparate individuals come together to forge a utopian state? And how large can this system grow before it falls apart?
Created by Rimini Protokoll and inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia, Utopolis Manchester asks whether another society might exist, if only for a utopian moment...
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre Olympics 2019, Schauspiel Köln and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
Utopolis premiered as Utopolis Manchester during MIF2019 on 10 Jul 2019.
Image Credit: Lee Baxter
7 Sep – 5 Oct 2019
Theatre Olympics 2019
15–30 Sep 2021
13 May – 4 Jun 2022
Vidy Théâtre Lausanne
Writers & Directors – Rimini Protokoll (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel)
Dramaturg – Katja Hagedorn
Associate Director – Rebecca Taylor Sharman
Composer – Harry Ovington
Sound Designer – Dan Steele
Designer – The Office of Craig Oldham
Creative Technologist, Suund System – Chris Ball
Creative Technologist, SMS System – Steffen Klaue