- Artistic Team and Cast
Conducted and orchestrated by Joe Duddell
Synthesizer orchestra Aaron Breeze, George Burrage, James Davis, Anna Disley Simpson, Andrew Jones, Gareth Jones, Ruairi Leonard, Ellen Lewis, Dave Maric – Lead Musician, Emily Owen, Charlie Sinclair, Carmel Smickersgill, Oliver Walton, Oliver West
Comissioned by Wiener Festwochen, Manchester International Festival, OGR Torino
Production Manchester International Festival
Co-production Wiener Festwochen, OGR Torino
Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk band Joy Division, New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s. When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis took his own life, the remaining trio, Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) immediately disbanded, but re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist and guitarist).
In 2015, the band released their critically acclaimed tenth studio album Music Complete. 2016 a special extended edition of their album, Complete Music, followed. The album's title seems to shine a hue on New Order's new manifesto: new line-up, newly eclectic sound, reinvigorated in their fourth decade as a unit.
New York based artist and writer Liam Gillick deploys multiple forms to expose the new ideological control systems that emerged at the beginning of the 1990s. His work displays the dysfunctional aspects of a modernist legacy in terms of abstraction and architecture when framed within a globalized, neo-liberal consensus. His work extends into structural rethinking of the exhibition as a form through collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Lawler.
Expansive architectural installations and a multitude of artistic forms of expression are typical for artist and writer Liam Gillick. His work has been greatly influenced by the music of New Order, the legendary Manchester band , which continues to create “new levels of intensity and control based on a constant testing of fundamental structures”.
In a year-long collaboration with Liam Gillick and composer Joe Duddell, New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt their back catalogue (including the Joy Division days) to place their music in a totally new context. A 12-piece synthesizer orchestra from Royal Northern College of Music, conducted by Duddell, and Gillick’s stunning projections that react to the music during the concert join the band in an exhilarating artistic reinvention.