Conceived & Curated by Adam Thirlwell
Co curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Designed by Rem Koolhaas & Cookies
Directed by John Collins
Featuring: Patrick Chamoiseau, Sayaka Murata, Adania Shibli, Sjón, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dubravka Ugrešić, Alejandro Zambra.
Seven leading writers from seven countries tell us seven new stories – in seven different languages.
In an intimate, unique laboratory, we listen to them read: alone or together, in their original language or in live translation. And as we do so, their stories and languages fragment and fuse, leaving us to follow the narratives wherever they might lead us. This is Studio Créole, a compelling exploration of meaning and language in our tangled global world.
Who gets to tell which stories? Language today is fluid, mobile,
creolised: constantly remade and remodelled by collisions between distant mother tongues. And literature, in this era, is a process of high-speed translation and identity swaps. Studio Créole stages how and why this happens through seven stories, written exclusively for MIF19 and read live by their authors. Simultaneously writing, theatre and art, an anthology as a group show, Studio Créole is a living, breathing, multilingual collection that exists only in the moment of its happening.
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Carriageworks. Produced by Manchester International Festival.
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