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Everything Everything presents: Chaos to Order

10 — 15 Nov 2014

Everything Everything present ‘Chaos To Order’ at Manchester Central Library – an artist residency, running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 November 2014.

Internationally acclaimed band Everything Everything take over Central Library as they present Chaos To Order, a week of curated events and experiments spanning music, theatre, literature, dance, comedy, and the indefinable, to challenge perceptions and test the limits of what a 21st century library can be. Produced by Brighter Sound for LibraryLive.


Matthew Bourne and Christophe de Bézenac
Monday 10 / 19:00 to 20:00
Performance Space 2 & 3 / SOLD OUT
Immerse yourself in saxophonist/creative programmer Christophe de Bézenac and analogue synth player Matthew Bourne’s part-performance, part-installation that creates sound in conjunction with a visual computer programme.

Josephine presents Celluloid History Songs
Thursday 13 November / 19:00 to 19:30
Performance Space 3 / SOLD OUT
Singer-songwriter Josephine performs against a backdrop of historical footage drawn from the North West Film Archive. This performance is a showcase for HOME’s forthcoming Music and Film project, set to launch in May 2015.

Kiran Leonard presents Derevaun Seraun
Friday 14 November / 20:30 to 21:00
Performance Space 3 / SOLD OUT
Oldham-born musician Kiran Leonard, performs an original composition of five movements, each about a favourite short story, essay or book extract, inspired by the simple pleasure of reading and specially commissioned for the residency.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 / 11:00
Shakespeare Hall / Drop-in
Opening each day of Chaos To Order in the library’s stunning Shakespeare Hall are the Melodico ensemble choir, a vocal collective of eight professional singers who boast members that regularly sing with Opera North, BBC Philharmonic and the Halle.


Dumblove Encounters presents Folk/tale
Monday 10 to Saturday 15 / 11:00 to 12:00
Glass lifts / Book now
Step into a 60-second world of collaborative storytelling in one of the library’s most unexpected performance spaces with Dumblove Encounters.

Quarantine presents: Between us, we know everything…
Monday 10 to Friday 14 / 11:00 to 16:00 and Saturday 15 November / 12:00 to 17:00
Library Entrance / Drop-in
Between us we know everything…. captures what we know, everything we know, anything we know – it’s about all the useful and useless information we’ve acquired over the course of our lives. Quarantine films you, uploading your video their online encyclopaedia of collective knowledge.

Quarantine presents The Reading Room
Friday 14 / 19:00 to 20:30
Reading Room / Book now
Quarantine’s The Reading Room breaks the silence – the private becomes public. A mass reading out loud of a text performed by a “choir” of public voices, constructed from fragments of writing somehow precious to their reader.


Chaos and Shape: Manchester Fiction Showcase
Wednesday 12 / 18:30 to 19:30
Performance Space 3 / Book now
An evening with Manchester’s hottest new fiction writers, talking about their creative processes and treating the audience to readings from their latest works including Portico Prize shortlisted Emma Jane Unsworth, no.1 Kindle chart-topping crime bestseller Kerry Wilkinson, comedy and fiction writer Chris Killen and short-story writer Zoe Lambert.

Emma Jane Unsworth reads Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems
Monday 10 to Friday 14 November / 12:30 to 13:30
Café / Drop-in
Enjoy lunch with Chaos To Order creative writer in residence Emma Jane Unsworth as she reads from Frank O’Hara’s ‘Lunch Poems’.

Emma Jane Unsworth – Any Questions
Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Thursday 13 November / 17:00 to 18:00
Archives+ / Drop-in
Emma Jane Unsworth hosts ‘Any Questions’. Ask the author anything about her own writing process and experiences, or bring along your own extracts to workshop.


Josie Long on Chaos To Order
Tuesday 11 / 18:00 to 19:00
Performance Space 3 / SOLD OUT
A one-off performance by writer and comedian Josie Long on the theme of Chaos to Order – specially commissioned for the residency.

Shaun Keaveny Live
Friday 14 / 18:30 to 19:00
Performance Space 3 / Book now
Grab a drink and join BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny for a spot of post-work, pre-weekend irreverence on the residency’s theme Chaos to Order. Expect plenty of the former, and not so much of the latter…


Everything Everything presents Chaos To Order Finale
Saturday 15 / 19:00 to 21:30
The a-cappella sounds of the Melodico ensemble choir, and a specially-commissioned dance piece from Company Chameleon come together along with a performance from singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop in the stunning Wolfson Reading Room. Everything Everything will take to the stage to debut original material shaped and influenced by the library’s unique surroundings and the residency’s theme.


Company Chameleon pop-up performances
Rising from chairs, appearing from desks, moving silently to music on their headphones, Company Chameleon – accompanied by dance students from the University of Salford – will spontaneously create movement and playfully engage with the notion of libraries as silent spaces and rethink the role of the library in the 21st century.

Everything Everything in residence
Everything Everything will, in public view, work on new material, influenced by the iconic Grade II* listed building’s extraordinary architecture, and the residency’s theme, to be debuted at the finale event.

Greg Thorpe and Asta Films
Writer Greg Thorpe and film-maker Kim May of Asta Films will be documenting the Chaos throughout the week, the results of which will be published on the Chaos to Order blog.

Hot Bed Press presents The Radical Print Shop – Typewriter Tweets and Tittle-tattle
Hot Bed Press presents two roaming typewriter bureaus as part of Chaos To Order. Popping up at different workstations around the library, two artists will be armed with typewriters and a mischievous perspective on life.

Emerging musicians in residence
Sara Lowes and Liam Frost will be working with emerging musicians who will respond to the theme ‘Chaos To Order’, exploring the Library as an open space which everyone can use to learn, discover, explore and create, building up to a lunchtime performance at 1.30pm on Saturday 15 November, in the library’s cafe area.


In Tune live broadcast
Monday 10 / 16:30 to 18:30
BBC Radio 3’s In Tune broadcasts live from the library with Violinist Lucy Russell and Harpsichord player Peter Seymour playing lost Vivaldi sonatas that were rediscovered in the Henry Watson Music Library.

The Radcliffe And Maconie Show
Friday 14 / 13.00 to 16.00
As part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, Mark and Stuart present a special show live from the library with guests including Guy Garvey, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Chaos To Order writer in residence Emma Jane Unsworth and Everything Everything.

Follow the week’s activities over at the Chaos to Order blog.

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