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March 17, 2011 - mif.co.uk:

Doctor Dee
1-9 July 2011 at Palace Theatre, Manchester

John Dee
John Dee

Doctor Dee is a new work composed by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus Norris.

In the age before science and magic parted company, Doctor John Dee was the ultimate Renaissance Man: astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy, he coined the term ‘British Empire’ and equipped the Elizabethan Court with the knowledge to make it manifest. The inspiration for both Marlowe’s Faust and Shakespeare’s Prospero, Dee studied the Heavens, he spoke with Archangels, and he paid a bitter personal price.

Doctor Dee explores ritual and symbolism in this country, past and present, using John Dee – one of England’s greatest but largely forgotten men – as catalyst.

Rufus Norris is a theatre and opera directorwhose West End and Broadway shows include Cabaret, Don Giovanni, Festen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Vernon God Little.

Damon Albarn is a musician whose bands and projects include Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the Bad and the Queen and Monkey: Journey to the West for MIF07.

Tickets go on sale 10am Fri 18 March.

Opera credits:

Rufus Norris Co-Creator, Director
Damon Albarn Co-Creator, Composer, Performer
André de Ridder Conductor, Orchestration Consultant
Stephen Higgins Musical Supervisor
Paul Atkinson Designer
59 Productions Video & Projection Designers
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, Movement Directors
Paule Constable Lighting Designer
Paul Arditti Sound Designer

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, London 2012 Festival and ENO.
Produced by Manchester International Festival and ENO.
With thanks to the BBC Philharmonic for their support and collaboration.

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