THE XX

Manchester Int’l Festival

Creative Direction, Stage Design 

In 2013, WP&A developed a show for The xx’s participation in the Manchester International Festival. Playing for an audience of no more than 50, The xx invited their most dedicated fans to a journey of a performance.

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Process & Planning

Starting through a labyrinthine route, the audience entered an unfamiliar space with indistinguishable physics. As the music continued, the ceiling lifted and walls of fabric dropped, dramatically changing the dimensions of the room. A play of contractions and expansions created an emotionally charged, architecturally driven performance.

Credits

  • Creative Direction: Willo Perron
  • Scenic Design: Willo Perron
  • Lighting Design: Paul Normandale
  • Video Content: The xx
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Execution

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