Olafur Eliasson developed the visual concept for the contemporary ballet Tree of Codes, choreographed by Wayne McGregor and with music composed by Jamie xx. The stage design uses intricate sets of reflective, transparent, and refractive surfaces and coloured light to create a dynamic, ever-evolving, and complexly layered space in which the dancers are multiplied and overlap. Lights panning over the audience cause its spectral image to appear on the stage's reflective, coloured scrims, integrating the viewers with the activity on the stage. Triggered by Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes (an artwork in the form of a book, which was in turn inspired by Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schulz), this new, evening-length work features a company of soloists from the Paris Opera Ballet and dancers from Wayne McGregor Random Dance.
Text from Olafur Eliasson